Part of my training is running. I have never been a big runner.
I remember a sports day in primary school, where I got drafted to run the 800 m (someone really wasn’t thinking clearly) and I told them it just wasn’t going to happen, they insisted and said that everyone must run, everyone must complete their race, even if they have to walk or crawl. I ran for about 50 m before I felt like my lungs wanted to explode from my chest, so then I walked, for 750 m and because the rules stated EVERYONE had to finish, they couldn’t pull me off the track, they had to watch and wait for me to finish, they couldn’t do any other races, they had to wait for me. They never asked me to run again!
Back to the present and the fact that I have to run. 3 km!
I bought myself a new pair of running shoes (the first new pair in over 15 years!) and I am running. Sometimes I walk, but I always complete the run. Yesterday morning we did the 3 km route and I ran 1 block, walked 1 block for most of it, the last 6 or so blocks I walked 1, ran 2.
I think I am getting better and I must admit, its not my legs that are the problem, its my lungs. I cannot breathe. Also my shins hurt with the impact of my feet on the road.
If anyone has any exercises or ideas on how to increase my lung capacity and how to avoid shin injury, I am all ears!