|Bouddi National Park coastline. |
When you can't run, you tell yourself you will be satisfied with just being able to jog 5km a day. When you get to jogging 5km a day, you tell yourself you will be satisfied if you can just run 10km per day, with the occasional long run. And so it goes. Before long, you will just be satisfied if you can get back to the fitness level you enjoyed before sustaining the injury.
|Lovely single-track in Bouddi|
|The fire-trail down to|
The more I run, the less focussed I am on my heartbeat and breathing. I'm finding that a conscious decision to run within myself is sufficient to keep my breathing controlled and my heartbeat within comfortable limits. I'm wearing a heart monitor now for my runs and it confirms that my heart rate is averaging around 150bpm during runs, reaching a maximum of around 160bpm. It seems to me that, though getting my heart rate higher would accelerate my return to fitness, I will still benefit from longer easier runs, healthwise and weightwise.
|Little Beach this morning. |