The first half-mile, or even mile, is difficult for me even when I'm in shape.
It's hard before it's fun. It takes a while to find my stride and get my breathing in synch.
Even though there's more to think about, tennis is in some ways easier because of the pauses.
So the question is, how do you get through when you're out of shape? Sometimes I stop and walk (then run again) before I give it much of a chance. Now I know that I don't need to prove anything, and I don't even need to run. As long as I'm walking, that's good enough.
But it's funny. Sometimes when I stop and say, "I just don't have it today," I find myself running again. My body must really want to do it.
Last week in New York, I trotted around the Central Park Reservoir with Ben. We chatted the whole way, and before I knew it, we had gone about a mile.
Maybe I need to find a running partner so that we could talk and I wouldn't think about it that much. What I really need is just a fast walker. Any volunteers?