busy weekend, too much effort?

Oy, what a weekend! Busy- my older sister came into town for the weekend so we were spending as much time together as possible.

I didn’t find time yesterday (Sunday) to mention that I ran 3 easy miles in 45 minutes. Honestly I didn’t even do a very good job of timing myself and just had to estimate. It was a VERY relaxed run.

I’m frustrated by my effort. The easy miles yesterday just didn’t feel… HARD enough. I felt like I could do more but I was trying to pull back because I didn’t want to overexert myself- but that just didn’t feel right.

Frequently I’ll read online that you should use the “talk test” to know how hard/fast to run. In other words, you should be going slow enough that you can carry on a conversation, but fast enough that you can’t sing. Well, quite honestly, I’m just flummoxed by this. How many words should come out between breaths? How hard should you be breathing? I read that I shouldn’t be breathing hard, but sometimes it feels like that’s all I do. Sometimes it is difficult, but it’s worthwhile to meet my goals and to run that far. Yet I still seem to be wearing myself out too much to conquer hills. I read books about people running marathons and talking during the run, and I just don’t know what I am doing wrong!

Argh. Oh well- tomorrow is a new day and I will keep running. One step at a time. I’ll figure this out eventually.