Breathing more easily

I’m back from an easy 8 km run. I took neither watch nor heart rate monitor, though my relaxed breathing at a rate of about 20 breaths per minute was in stark contrast to the gasping 80-90 breaths per minute in the final 200 metres of yesterday’s third 2K repetition. In retrospect, that was clear evidence of something awry with my respiratory system.

Today the sky has been overcast with patches of blue, but no rain. Most of the puddles had drained away from the path into the loamy soil overnight, but the swollen river was swooshing noisily though low lying tree branches, to my left. On the right the normally dry gully below the escarpment, which I think must be the remnant of an ancient mill race connected to the river by an underground channel, was full of water. Further along, the river had flooded through the remnants of the long summer grasses on a low lying bank, creating a backwater in which the mallards were foraging enthusiastically.

My plan for the next few days is to continue with easy sessions in the expectation that I will be able to return to more intense training mid-week.

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2 Responses to “Breathing more easily”

  1. Andrew(AJH) Says:

    Take it easy mate … keep it to those easy runs.

  2. Ewen Says:

    It’s good to read of the easily explained sogginess. Yes, keep going with the easy runs until the body tells you it’s ready to ‘go again’. The gentle runs are very beneficial.

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