So, I do a 9 week programme to get me off the couch and still haven’t managed to get a 5k in 30 mins though I am working hard on it – yes HARD! I am really enjoying this running but it isn’t easy and sometimes it’s a real struggle for me with the breathing. But I am still managing to get out there 3 times a week and hoping there is some improvement.
Then, this morning, the OH decides he wants to join me for a run. After sharing a bottle or red last night and a few whisky chasers (!); after completing an hour of kickboxing and weights with Davina and after completing my normal weekend run yesterday I decide it will be fine as it will only be a short run and most probably with intervals as the last time he had run was right at the beginning of the programme but had to stop after a couple of weeks due to a bad back and then busy shifts at work.
It was so beautiful this morning – cold, frosty but unbroken sunshine - which made it a no-brainer to go out there and enjoy it. But boy, it really did affect my breathing as I couldn’t seem to get deep breaths so it was a real struggle. I should have worn my buff and breathed through that in hindsight…..
Anyhow, we went to the park, did a few laps and then hit the streets to do a 20ish min run in total which I found hard going in the cold but the OH seemed to be breezing through it! No wheezing, breathing easily, good pace, able to hold a running commentary on the football results and how sh** his team were doing and still up to keep running until I said enough was enough – I didn’t have the energy to continue!! How dare he make it seem so easy……and he is 59! Grrrrr! How wrong was I??!
What I will say though is how nice it was to have someone to run with and keep to my pace. He too was over the moon at how long he had run for, the longest for him, and how comfortable he was with it. He even said beforehand that I would be the trainer and he will just follow and stop when he has to but it didn’t end up like that at all so it was a really enjoyable experience for us both really!
I think I may have found myself a new running buddy which will be nice for those evening runs when he isn’t working late….Now, to check out running gear for him……ooooh, more shopping!!!!!