I have found myself getting a little obsessed with Strava, the split times and the distance covered. I guess like other things in life, if you push yourself too hard, you begin to lose the sense of enjoyment. On my previous 2 runs, I really pushed myself but wasn't getting the same sense of accomplishment I felt before, despite beating my previous distance covered. So today I decided to ditch Strava, slow my pace and just run for enjoyment. What a difference it made! I felt so relaxed all the way through and wasn't gasping for breath at the end. I have decided to approach the final two runs in the same way!
Also got myself a small, lightweight bum bag that I was able to strap around my waist so that I didn't have to carry my phone. Really helped my shoulder, so thanks for the advice there!
Happy running. Hope you all have a lovely week 😊
I use Garmin Connect which is very similar in terms of geeky stats etc. I like to check that I am actually running slow enough on the majority of my training. It's the mileage that counts and about 80% should be at your slow pace. (Actually 100% before you graduate!)
If you do that the improvements will come without trying. After a few more months you will find that your slow pace has got quicker as well. As you say, it's much more enjoyable when your breathing is easier.
Thank you for the advice! It is certainly a good idea to use the app to check your pace is slow enough - I never really thought of that before but will give it a go next time 😊. It was much more enjoyable this evening, so I will find the pace I am most comfortable at. Thanks again!