Before we left home for our holiday, I decided that for the next few months, I would do nothing but slow running at a conversational pace (apart from a weekly blowout at parkrun after we have returned). I achieve this slow running by forcing myself to run using a 4/4 breathing pattern - any faster pattern than that means that I am over exerting myself. The breathing pattern has become quite automatic now -as has the slow 8 mins per K pace that results from it. There are a lot of runners jogging along over here and they are basically all doing the same thing. At varying paces, but for all of them I can barely hear their breathing as they go past me when I am walking.
So far, over the last few days, I have seen a roadrunner, a chipmunk and a hummingbird during my slow runs. I just hope I dont see any rattlesnakes !!😃