Wow what a difference it makes!
I've been struggling with my runs since my 2 week shin splint rest. I've only been managing 2.5 miles with 2 or 3 breathers in between so I've been a bit disheartened recently. However I've just come back from a great run.
I gave myself a stern talking to, to make sure a kept my pace slow, and although I still had to stop once to catch my breath at around 1.5 miles, when it beeped to tell me I'd done 3 miles, I actually felt good! My breathing was under control for the first time ever (honest!) and didn't even have to push myself to take me to the next mile. I actually felt like I could've gone on further but I really really really didn't want to flare up the shin splint again so I stopped. But I felt so so proud of myself!
It took me 47 mins however so I'm not breaking any records but I have to give in to either pace or distance, I can't do both!
As well as the cooler weather, I'd also tried listening to an audio book instead of music (The Cuckoo's Calling) and I'm sure concentrating on the story stopped me from thinking too much about my breathing so I'll be doing that from now on!
Feeling a bit more confident about the Bupa Great North 5k now which is on Sat! Actually a little excited! And I'm hoping I get to high five Mo Farah at the start!
Happy running everyone!