Am I alone in feeling that when I try to make sure I run very slowly I struggle more with my breathing than if I run a bit faster (around 9 minute miles)?
I feel like I should be slowing myself down to help with endurance, especially as I'm far from super fit, and I am finding the program challenging. BUT, when I let myself go and just zone out to my music, I speed up naturally and my breathing seems better.
However, this all goes out of the window the second a hill is thrown into the mix, then I have to drop my speed because I simply don't have the fitness levels to do hills at that speed. But the change in pace seems to put me off, makes me feel like I'm flagging and want to stop.
So, I'd like advice on which approach is best. Keep my faster natural pace and work on being able to do it up hills too with shorter runs on hills until I get my incline.
Or, work on slowing my flat pace so that it matches my hill pace, practise being able to breath properly when I go slower, and this will help me pick up my distance faster?
I'm half way through week 5, with a 5K on May 20th I'd love to jog, but would be happy with walk/jog intervals if I haven't made my target.
However, my main goal is being able to keep the jog up for the 5K, not about doing it in a fast time.
THanks in advance for reading my ramblings!