A while back I got some advice in the comments saying to breathe in to a count of three and breathe out doing the same thing, so I worked on doing that this week. Only, I think I counted to maybe five instead. Pretty much I sucked up as much air as I could possibly get into my body and then tried for a little more. I must have looked pathetic to passers-by, considering how I was gasping like a goldfish with wide, surprised-looking eyes (as if opening my eyes wider while breathing would help me take in more oxygen).
I don't know if the popped eyes worked, but the counting apparently did. I ran for over 40 minutes without debilitating side pain, and that was awesome. I did about 7 1/2 miles this week. I am a little bit pleased with myself.
I think I could have gone farther, but I took a day this week to focus on speed rather than distance. For me that meant 10 minute miles (my regular pace is about 12), and I did 2 miles at that breakneck speed. It was hard and discouraging and made my throat ragged for the rest of the day, so I don't think I'll do it again for a while. Although, it did give my cheeks a rather pretty flush...
Bonus: I did 20 sit ups. No change whatsoever. I am disappointed in the lack of instantaneous results.
Driven to Greatness
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