Thank you so much for the motivational messages.
Having reflected I really am not going to give up. I will try again. I think there has been 2 issues for me. 1 = I have probably not been walking "briskly" enough to date in between runs. And 2 = the next day after this run, I came down with a chest infection. In fact, I still have it quite badly. I am guessing my struggle with my breathing pace was down to that. I did have a sore throat when I went out on the run but thought nothing of it.
I am due to run again tonight but am struggling to breathe and it feels like I have a heavy weight on my chest. If I wait until my chest is clearer, how far backward will I go?
I won't give in....if it takes me twice as long as anyone else, even 3 times or 4.... at least I am still getting out and doing more than ever before. Plus it's beneficial for my netball - I know gradually I am getting a bit fitter. I can tell during matches.
Thanks again everyone!