Today’s run was only 2 miles but it felt like 10…ugh! For some reason I had trouble controlling my breathing today and that made it quite difficult to run non-stop 😦
I noticed it during my warm up walk, my breathing felt a little labored. I brushed it off thinking it would go away once I started running – it did not. I had my app set for two 1 mile intervals and I only made it about .6 before I had to slow to a walk; needless to say I was quite disappointed. I wondered if maybe I was pushing it too hard, this was supposed to be a tempo run and I started with my pace around 11:30 so I decided I’d slow down a little to see if that would help…nope. I could barely wait until the 1 mile notification to slow to a walk again. And it didn’t get any better from there. I tried controlling my breathing by matching my footfalls, didn’t work. So I just ran for as long as I could and then slowed until I could catch my breath. By the 2 mile mark I was exhausted…and I thought my last run was bad! Ha!
I’ve been analyzing what could have made that kind of impact and I’m now wondering if it was all the fluids I drank this morning: a full bottle of water, two cups of coffee, a bowl of cereal. All this within an hour of my run…hmmm, maybe…I don’t know. The weather may have played a part as well, it was only 60 degrees but it was 90% humidity. I guess I’ll just have to wait for Thursday’s run to see if I have the same problem.
My overall pace wasn’t horrible, I’m just disappointed that I had to take so many walk breaks…but hey, I gotta breathe!! lol