Back to the country park for another 9 minutes of running in 30 minutes. Honestly doesn’t sound like a lot, so I’m still coming to terms of why it’s proving to be so difficult.
It’s becoming harder and harder to keep up with my running partner’s pace, even over these short runs. They are adapting quicker than I am, in my defence they are also carrying significantly less weight. Coupled with a longer stride it’s obvious I’m either going to be holding them back or I’m going to end up killing myself chasing them.
There are two physical aspects of running that are proving the biggest challenge for me at the moment, nausea and foot pain.
No surprise the last two runs have proved to be the hardest, I start to get the feeling of nausea in the last 30 seconds of run 5 and for much of the last minute of run 6. It’s probably the worst aspect of running, I can handle most of the other physical side effects but this one is difficult to ignore.
The Internet offers lots of suggestions most really can’t be applicable given that it’s only a 9-minute run. My general conclusion is it’s a combination of the blood being redirected from the digestive system to the legs and lungs, and possibly lactic acid build-up as it only really starts to happen when I’m digging deep. The general answer seems to be slow down a bit, something I’ll have to try on the next run. I suspect it’s a side effect of not yet having found a good sustainable running pace.
The other problem is my feet still continue to hurt on the recovery walks, not while running, and it’s a very much more demanding pain than the feeling of nausea. It takes almost the full 2 minutes to walk it off and it starts pretty much after the first or second run. I suspect it’s poor circulation to the feet, resulting in either lactic acid building up or the feet just not getting enough oxygen. The fact I can walk it off makes me think it isn’t an issue with the type of running shoe, i.e. pronation or supination.
One more run to go this week, I don’t feel I’m making a lot of progress. I clearly am as I was struggling with 60-second runs last week. I just need to keep going, trust the program it’s worked for others.