One thing I have determined since I started running, is that it is very hard to build up stamina. I get to a certain point in my run, and all I want to do is stop. And try as I may, that point tends to stay at about the same distance in my run. Now, I know- you have to push through it and then it gets better. Easier said than run... But, I came across a great article from active.com about how to build up stamina when running.
What I like about this article is it puts things simply. Run, run faster, walk. Run faster, walk. It's easy. It also incorporates weight training, which provides a nice change of routine. Not to mention, it gives you fabulous looking arms! Of course, I like using my kickboxing class as part of the weight training, as well as cross-training. The only drawback to that is when I can barely lift my arms from all the "training" I've done!
As I stated before, my goal is to increase my weekly distance to up to 30 miles a week. Seeing as how I'm currently at about 15 miles, on a good week, I have a ways to go. Now, I'm a pretty impatient person, and want to hit that goal NOW. But, I know that it will take a while. So, for this week, I'm at a whopping 4 miles. I'm hoping to get a couple of miles in tonight while Matthew is in class at the Y. I think the hardest part of all this is going to be finding the time to run with everything else going on. It's not going to be easy, but I really want to be a "runner" and not just someone who runs.