I have discovered that the secret to running to is have your Husband (or a friend) drive you your designated distance from home and drop you off on the side of the road with an I-pod.
Because what choice do you have? You have to get home somehow, right?
The problem with an out-and-back run is that it is too easy to turn around sooner than you really should. This problem is solved with the get-dumped-on-the-side-of-the-road method. And–your run is simply more interesting.
No repeat scenery.
Yesterday I finally made the leap from a three-mile route to a four-mile route…and the transition went very well. I had a good time. It was a gorgeous afternoon as I trotted along the Trinity River, which was spectacular. I even made it up a BIG honking hill, hot on the heals of some poor unsuspecting cyclist who was also struggling to make it to the top. I think I did a pretty good job keeping the pressure on.
Give it a go. Let me know what you think!