I was quite looking forward to Week 2 until it arrived. It was really cold, getting dark, I felt tired... but donned hat and gloves, laced up gleaming new shoes (too tightly, as it turned out, had to stop and loosen them when the top of my foot went numb) and hit the road.
The first 90 second run was good. I haven’t got the breathing worked out yet. Second run felt harder and I was relieved to slow down. Third 90 second run was pretty torturous. I felt like throwing up and had this unhelpful mantra about being stuck on week 2 forever and ever... I know, I know. Managed to fight down the what felt like panic breathing during the walk and run 4 went better. It helped it was slightly downhill. I knew I was going to make it then even if I projectile-vomited. Run 5 wasn’t easy but it wasn’t as painful. I was so happy to slow to that final walk and feel great/relieved now it’s over.
I thought I was running slowly but I realise looking at the stats that I’m running at 5’30”-6’. I was concentrating so much on not letting my breathing get out of control I think I forgot about my pace 🙄. So need to slow it down more as a) a conversation is as likely as a pig flying past and b) I’m not going to be able to run for three minutes without collapsing, let alone thirty. My heart rate averaged at 149bpm but there was a horrible moment (I reckon it was on the hill in run 3) where it peaked at 183 😬
Did anyone else have as much trouble finding their pace and pattern of breathing?
Oh, and here is a picture of the new shoes for Jell6 🙂