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W2R1: breathing and pacing

ktsok
ktsok

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 🙂

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UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

Nice shoe porn!

Nausea is a sure sign you’re running too fast. Great that you have the speed, but it really doesn’t help yet, muscle and aerobic development are both quicker running slowly.

Breathing I distracted myself from with some spoken word (podcasts and guided runs) so I had to concentrate them and forget breathing.

Of course, dropping the pace will sort the breathing out too. For that I had to regularly check pace, so had 1 minute updates on my tracker.

Well done getting through the run.

ktsok
ktsok
in reply to UnfitNoMore

👟👁💖

Podcast is a good idea, thanks... I’m listening to quite fast-paced music which probably isn’t helping!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator
in reply to ktsok

Yeah, I did that... now if I listen to music it has to be ridiculously fast so there’s no way I can keep up 😂

Jell6
Jell6Graduate

Thank you for posting the picture.

Now they are subtle but rather pretty, I like them🙂

Yes, I'm sure a lot of us found difficulty with the breathing and it is hard to set a slow pace, mainly I felt, because it's called running, and at this stage we really aren't ( but will be!)

So now you have to slow down🚶‍♀️🚶‍♀️

Well done for managing even though you felt so dreadful, the next one will be better.😊

ktsok
ktsok
in reply to Jell6

Thank you! Feeling a bit better about it now 🙂

Hidden
HiddenGraduate

Nice👍

mafee
mafeeGraduate

ha ha - I bought the same shoes and christened them on week 2 run1 yesterday!! At first I thought I was reading my own diary! cool - let's keep going!

ktsok
ktsok
in reply to mafee

Twins!

mafee
mafeeGraduate
in reply to ktsok

How are you getting on? I did W3 R1 today but had wrist and arm pain for some reason - I did finish it but felt horrible. How are you getting on twinnie?

ktsok
ktsok
in reply to mafee

Well done for finishing, despite twinges. Wrist and arm pain sounds odd. Guess it’s better than ankles and legs 😬

Actually, I cruised this run! Sorry, not trying to show off! I ran on an athletics track in a stadium (I wrote a post about it). It was great - flat, even surface, no obstacles, well lit and lots of mini targets by way of 100m markers/bends/straights. Tomorrow for run 2 it will be back to the hills, cattle grids, wind, counting trees and slippery sheep 💩 😶

I hope your arm recovers quickly... keep me posted x

mafee
mafeeGraduate
in reply to ktsok

a track sounds like a great idea but there isn't one near me. just muddy lanes, muddy towpaths, flooded lanes or busy roads. Where in the country are you?

ktsok
ktsok
in reply to mafee

Kent here :)

mafee
mafeeGraduate

breathing was chaotic and pace was more of a plod - so yes I had trouble too

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