After yesterday’s run, I decided not to repeat Week 4 after all. I don’t want to push myself too hard, but I do want to push myself to run further, so this morning I bit the bullet and moved on to Week 5.
It was a good run. I kept the pace slow and steady, which is something I seem to be getting much better at. When I first started, I found slow running kind of frustrating and, if I’m honest, a bit embarrassing. I want to run, not jog, but we all have to start somewhere, right?
Now, a few weeks on, I don’t really mind that I might look a bit silly shuffling along the seafront. The nice thing about living in Brighton and Hove is that you see a lot of runners around and they’re not all ploughing through the pavements at high speed.
We come in all shapes and sizes, running, jogging, walking and no one seems to be at all interested in what anyone else is doing or what they look like when they’re doing it.
However, I would like to run better. A bit faster, a longer stride, and a more even pace would be good. But where do I start?
I tend to find that the main problem I have with the longer running segments is that I start to get out of breath so I decided that, for the next week, I’m going to focus on my breathing.
There’s plenty of information and advice about how to control your breathing when running, but I found this video really helpful today.
I wouldn’t say that I’ve got it spot on, not by any stretch of the imagination, but focusing on this technique really helped me to get through those longer segments today.
Have you thought about your breathing when running? What techniques have you used to help get it under control? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.