1. Running around his area of South Manchester is far preferable to running around North Manchester... there's no hills!... I'd like to run with him more often!
2. I really have broken my running!
I wasn't. Thankfully, I managed it for the first mile and, hopefully,
As for me, I don't know what's going on. I recognise I'm still in recovery from the London Marathon, but to this extent? Really? The weird thing is that the trouble I'm having is breathing - my legs and body feel fine - but as soon as I start running I find it hard to breathe; running up hills, running faster, running for an extended length of time all makes my breathing more laboured and I have to stop to get my breath back again; we ran just under 4 miles, and I had to stop 3 times, at a pace that I would have been comfortable running and chatting at only a year ago. What is even stranger is that this doesn't seem to be brought on by the marathon, but started back in March whilst I was still training. Naturally, I've tried googling my 'problem' which has thrown up a number of hyperchondric (real word?!) suggestions of what may be wrong with me, but as I do not have: asthma, pneumonia, cardiac ischemia, interstitial lung disease, congestive heart failure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, I've had to resign myself to the explanation that I'm recovering from the marathon. Is that true? No one else around me seems to be having the same problems, or is there another explanation? With a solution??!!! Answers on a post card please!
Anyway, for the time being, as a coping strategy, I've decided (probably) not to run the Great Manchester Run next weekend. This is a complete cop-out and I love the race, but I know I'll beat myself up for a whole year if I don't do it in under an hour, and with my previous best times at 50.16 for the flat, 10k route I already feel hugely disappointed that I can't run anywhere close to that time. So instead, I'm (probably) going to go along and support all of my friends who are running it and soak up the atmosphere without any of the pressure! And... big bonus... For the first time, I'll be able to watch the winners (Haille Gebrselassie and Paula Radcliffe?) cross the finish line!
Of course, the 'probably' comes in because I still love running, I'm just hugely frustrated by the situation... perhaps a 'miracle' will occur this week and I'll fix my running... I'll certainly give it a good try!