In my push to train for the Great North Run - and my compulsiveness for sticking to a routine - I included a swim as part of my training last night. Only 1500m, so shorter than normal, but the running more than made up for it. 15 minutes to run to the pool, 45 minutes swimming and 35 minutes running home again. The slightly longer time can be put down to taking a longer route than last week so that I could get above the 4 mile mark, though I will need to check it in the car...

Running to the pool made swimming very tough at first, as I found it very difficult to breathe when I started swimming. It wasn't until about the 30th length that my breathing improved, though my stroke was still crap! Similarly, running from the pool was hard at first as a different set of muscles had to get used to being used, but once they realised they didn't have a choice, I was soon jogging along quite happily.

I think I am going to have to change my diet though. Soon after I started the return run, I could feel my stomache getting tight with gas which, when running, is painful. Luckily, there was nobody within earshot when my sphincter finally gave way to the pressure! This preceded 30 minutes of belching and farting that would make my mate Gary proud :-)


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