I have started running, Well maybe am not a running, I am more like a fast walker that looks like she is jogging. Maybe I am pretending to jog but really fast walking. Let's just go back to the yes, I am running.
I thought Lamaze breathing for me was over. Now that I am, ahem, running, I realized that the Lamaze breathing is coming back to practice. UG!
When I first started running I couldn't make it a 1/2 mile before I was out of breath and had to stop. Now I am up to a little over a mile. But while I on the second 1/2 of the mile you should hear me.
Let me pause and ask how does one breathe in through their nose and out their mouth when running? I have tried and I feel like I am choking. Nope, not working for me. So instead I have to tell myself to breathe. Deep breaths in and then out, and repeat. It's more like huffing and puffing and huffing and puffing. All the while looking the the finish like telling myself I can do it. I am almost finished! Huffing, puffing, don't hold my breath, huff and puff. Wait, I kind of sound like a train now. The closer I get to the finish the more I sound like a mom in labor, and sometimes yes, there are times when I just wanna scream.
It's not only the lungs that are crying for more air. My cows,( I have cows where calves should be) are tight. My butt is burning. The shins are stabbing and my feet are throbbing. I am not sure if that is a sign of a good run or a sign that I might need better running shoes. How about we go with the first choice, yes, a good run. But I really do need new shoes.
So for those who have had children, remember those breathing exercises. They do come in handy when you start running!
And no matter how fast or slow you are when you run, remember that you are doing more than just sitting and doing nothing. Just keep going.