And, yup, now I’m turned on. Thanks so much for that lol. Do we get a pic?
Here. Don’t say I never did you any favors. (Does this earn me a birthday gift?)
*edit: I should have flexed!!! Damn it!!! XD
A little masachistic to denounce sugar, except for holidays, at the start of the holiday season. But I’m sure if anyone can do it you can.
I went vegetarian right before Thanks Giving and gave up drinking right before New Years. I’ve totally got this. Sometimes it just needs to be said out loud to make it happen. I’ve been screaming it in my head and getting no where. It’s time to saddle up and get back to it.
Hooray!!!! Welcome to the club of crazy people who run without being chased by a bear.
The truth? Just keep going. If you’re coughing, wheezing, hacking, panting… you’re still breathing. If you do NOT have asthma or bronchitis (or some other respiratory disease) then slow your pace but keep running.
I’ve come to the conclusion that discomfort with breathing is the number one excuse in new runners to stop or slow down. You’re RUNNING!!! You SHOULD be breathing hard!!! If you’re not winded then you’re not running.
Now, if you feel light headed, start seeing spots or are truly worried you may pass out, then of course, STOP. But if it just sucks… keep going. It’s supposed to suck. If it didn’t suck, everyone would do it and it wouldn’t be “the sport of the crazy.”
Practice breathing so your pace and your breath falls together. A good rule to follow is breath IN 3 paces and OUT 3 paces. If you can’t keep that up, then slow down a little bit.
Another thing to consider is the walk/run method. Some people swear by it. I make no claims as I have never done it. The only time I walk during a run is if I’m injured. I may slow down to a snails pace; I may be going so slow I’m dragging my feet with every step, but I never walk. Does that mean I (or anyone else) looks down on the run/walk method? No (or maybe… but fuck them.) If it works for you, then do it. But the best way to deal with the run/walk is to do it at SET intervals. Not just willy-nilly when you feel tired. You should have some structure and still be pushing yourself. If you are making it 1/4 mile before you walk, set your interval for 1/3 of a mile before you walk. Always push yourself. Your comfort zone offers you no promise of improvement.
It also look like you’re smoking in your profile picture. Keep in mind smokers can have more difficulty breathing while running. Also keep in mind, if you recently quit, you may have quitters asthma (smoking actually opens the airways a little) and that will get better over time.
Try taking out your headphones and listening to your breathing (it’s horrific, I know. I was a wheezing gasping disaster for almost a year and a half before I started sounding like I belonged in my running shoes and not behind a walker.) Listen to how your breathing sounds, where it falls in your pace and how you’re breathing. Are you filling your lungs from the bottom or is your chest heaving? Don’t just breath into your chest, breath into your whole body. Your chest AND your stomach should puff out. Also, remember to relax your shoulders. It’s a lot more difficult to breath if your shoulders are crunched up into your ears!
Keep at it. It gets better, I promise. :D