C25K week 3, day 3 – The back to basics run

My favourite tree in the park.
My favourite tree in the park.

Workout: 2 x 90/90, 2 x 3mins/3mins plus 5 min warm up and cool down.

Weather: 3C (brrr) and drizzly.

Groups of pre-school children I ran around: 1 lot who appeared to be doing tree rubbings even though it was frrrreeezing and raining (they bring them up tough these days).

Dogs in sweaters: 1 in a Christmas one. So cute I nearly stopped in my tracks to admire it.

Motivation: Pretty high, I don’t know what’s happened to me.

So, for the final day of week 3 I had a new fun game to play – it’s called breathing. It’s fairly addictive; a bit like Candy Crush.

It all stemmed from an email which arrived the morning of my run on Thursday from FitSugar (via Bloglovin) entitled: How to Breathe When Running, with a special section on running and breathing in cold weather. How about this for a revelation:

Since your lungs do not like dry air, you can experience asthma-like symptoms, like wheezing and coughing, when breathing cold air in through your mouth.

The only trouble is, the solution is obviously to breathe through your nose. I’m still a bit snuffly from my recent cold but even on a good day I struggle to breathe through my nose when I run – or at least without pulling some ridiculous faces (seriously, it’s like I have to grin at the same time). The article advises trying this in warmer weather to start with (now it tells me) but as that is not an option it says to wear a bandana over my mouth. I was slightly worried that I would look like some sort of crazed fitness fanatic mugger if I did that while in my local park so instead I just tried my best. I have to say, I think they might be on to something. After the first 3 mins I wasn’t even puffing. The second 3 were harder but I kept counting breaths to steps and that seemed to help.

Now I just need to work out what to do with my arms, legs and posture and I might eventually be considered a runner.

#ThisGirlCan

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