We are still following the C210KM program by Zen Labs. This run consisted of:
Run for 5 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, Run for 8 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, Run for 5 minutes.
The weather was warm. Too warm and there were many stages that I did just want to stop. But I completed the week. Sadly, Zenlabs has not marked it as complete, so I will need to remember that I have done it. I know I did it.
The run was hard. Like I was wading through treacle. The warm sun made me feel as though I couldn’t do it. I wanted so much to be able to run. I keep feeling as though one day I will be able to do it. But it seems to me that the more I train the less I run, the more likely I want to give up. I need to get over this.
I met with a friend and her dog, a miniature schnauzer. Roland and her ran together, and my friend and I did. It was nice for us both to go. My friend is built for running and I know I slow her down. But I am so thankful that she does agree to come with me and run! Her 5km time on Sunday is 32 minutes, mine was nearer to 39 minutes!
Despite that, my friend really does encourage me. She appreciates my asthma will always slow me down and she is really lovely to run with. For that I am so grateful, as it motivates me to go out and do it!
I had planned for the run this time. I had taken an anti-histamine as the pollen count was high. I had taken my inhaler. Yet it still played up. I am done with excuses. I have asthma, I can do what I need to cure it. When you google the number of famous people that have asthma, you can names like David Beckham, Paula Radcliffe (legend for weeing in the London Marathon, because going to the toilet would affect her time!), Dennis Rodman! There are many more. That means that I do have asthma, but it is the lack of control over my asthma that is affecting my runs, and not the disease itself. I am off for my annual asthma check on Friday. I am hoping that she can give me something to help me control it.
This photo was taken after my run. Look at how happy I look (Not!!!!) But I did it. I felt exhausted and my calves were hurting. I need to get over the noticing myself on a run, and keep going. There are methods that I have learnt about, but I need to put into practice.
- count. Either up or down, but count. I am going to start with counting down from 600.
- Notice things, notice the trees, the leaves. Be mindful as you run. (My mindful observations will be on the blog!)
- Interval is fine, but push yourself. I am aiming to run for 10 minutes each interval. Counting down from 600 is a great way to do this.
I will obviously tell you how all these tips go. For now the weather is getting warmer. I am getting terrified about my 10km soon. But I will do this. I have to. For all those people that are suffering from the effects of cancer.
Next run, Thursday. Lets see how that goes!