This week, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that my little jog round the park is actually over a mile long – and I’ve been doing two laps! I’ve also been trying to pick up my pace a bit and to extend the amount of time I’m jogging and reduce the walking bits in between. I’ve been advised that there’s a number of apps that can help me with this but my phone is years old and none of them will download properly so for now I’m just relying on a timer.
One of the negative things I’ve found out this week is the effect that the pollen count can have on my stamina/basic ability to breathe. I thought my hay fever was fairly mild but running seems to multiply the effects 100 times over. Eurgh! Also, I’ve had a bit of a weird week and this seems to have distracted and demotivated me a bit. I really had to focus on my breathing (or lack of) to get myself moving. No idea how I’m “meant” to be breathing, just trying to keep it steady and even.
Current plan is now to start bringing my lap times down by focusing on the run/walk ratio – and with that increase the distance that I’ve run. I’m also going to start trying to incorporate some of the steeper inclines in the park.
Wish me luck!