After several of our last training runs being done on very (relative since I live in flat-ol' Indiana) hilly routes in the cold and rain, I thought today's FLAT 4 miler in the warm sun would be EASY . . . but it wasn't. HUGE SIGH! What? Why not? It just felt as if I hadn't spent one second training at all in the last 6 months. I had a super hard time breathing. We did get a quicker pace during mile 3, but the first 2 just felt as if I was dragging a 1000 pound weight behind me (ohh, wait, that's my booty - never mind). The last few "easy short runs" have been anything but easy! The big swing in weather from 47 degrees to 70 degrees may play a factor, but I also think running mostly 2 times a week instead of 3 (I avoid 4 day run weeks because of all of my tendency toward overuse injuries). Last year for my first half I almost always ran at least 3 days a week, but with the horrible weather we had all winter and so far this spring - I have only been putting in 2 days a week (a long run, and a 3-6 miler). Hmmm, definitely going to have to do more this summer in prep for my 3 (and possibly 4) half marathons!!!!!
How was your last run? Do you find the weather change impacts your breathing or your comfort with a run?