> I've begun to run 11 days ago. The first day, I ran 1/2 mile. The second
> through seventh days I ran 1 mile. I took the eighth day off. The ninth day,
> right after the break, I ran 1 1/2 miles and felt like I could have gone a
> full 2. I didn't because I'm trying to advance 1/2 mile a week. However,
> yesterday, the tenth day, I felt exhausted after just 1 /4 miles. Today, I
> barely made it a mile. Can anyone tell me why I'm having this terrible
If you are new to running, 7 days without a break is too much. I would back off
and maybe run 4 days a week. Build your running week around one longer run and one
faster run. The body will adapt to stress as long as it has proper recovery.
Running every day at the beginning of your training could possibly lead to
frustration and/or injury. If you want running to be a part of your life, you need
to take it easy in the beginning and try to slowly build up a base of mileage.
This is important in order to strengthen all the connective tissue involved in
pounding the pavement. Also, consider buying a book on begining running. There are
so many facets to running that learning from a book is the best way to attain the
knowlege you need (unless you can afford your own coach). Let us know if you need
advice on some good beginner's running books.
I'm assuming you can run 2 miles given the proper rest, so instead of running
every day consider something like this:
Sun. - 2
Mon. - off
Tue. - 1
Wed. - 1.5
Th. - off
Fri. - 1.5
Sat. - off
Then once your body adapts to the stress, start increasing the runs accordingly.