Well, I went out there and KICKED ASS. I can't believe I almost didn't go. The run felt easy. Easy! The whole time I was thinking "What the hell is going on?!" I blew past the driveway I used to stop at, and then when we neared the end of the block that I just ran to for the first time yesterday, and Dan said "You're almost there!", I said, "I'm going to keep going!" He was like, "What?!"
I ran an extra block! If I had remembered to do my inhaler, I would have kept going, but I had to stop for a bit to catch my breath. I didn't stop for long though, and I ran all the way to the end of the next block, which I've never been able to do. This continued through the entire run, I ran almost all of the 1.25 miles without stopping. When I got to the last block, I stopped to walk just a little bit, because I didn't think that I could make it all the way to the end, but I realized as I was running the last bit that I totally could have done it.
I think I'm going to be running that whole route without stopping within two weeks. And the most exciting thing was that I loved the entire run last night. Every minute. Today was a recovery day, so I couldn't go out, but it's hard to stay inside when I'm getting so much better every time. I ran 5 days last week, which I think is really too much for someone just starting out, but I'm not sure. I'm going to take Mondays and Fridays off for sure, and probably Wednesdays because I won't have time between work and class. I wish I could just go out every day, though! I can't wait to get out there tomorrow and see how far I can go.
Thank god I'm making so many improvements, it's the main thing that keeps me heading back out. If it was only hard and wasn't getting any easier, I would have given up by now.