Oh my word that was hard work! 😳 It’s around 20 degrees out there, which is too warm for me to have any enthusiasm for running, but it’s a running night and I’ve only just graduated so really don’t want to make excuses at this point!
Right from the start my breathing felt less settled than usual - still controlled, but not as comfortably in my normal rhythm. Knowing that almost certainly meant I was trying to go too fast, despite feeling glacially slow, I slowed down - and that helped! It may have taken me a few years to really understand this, but I’ve finally learned to let my breathing dictate my pace! Yay me!
At one point I got somewhat heckled by a bunch of lads in a boat on the river ‘encouraging’ me - but I ignored them, and took the genuine encouragement from the homeless man on his usual bench (he always cheers me on, and is genuinely encouraging!).
Eventually, and not a moment too soon, Laura said that was my 30 minutes. Phew!
My RunKeeper stats are slightly off for tonight, as I got a bit distracted by starting Spotify instead of using a podcast tonight, so I didn’t remember to start it until I’d been running for around a minute, instead of at the start of the warm-up. Ah well!