I've been struggling with my runs lately in the heat. I feel like each run is impossible, and harder than the last. My fancy running watch tells me I'm improving, my running index is great, my fitness level is improving, my VO2 max is excellent for my age blah blah blah. Then why does it feel so bad?
I went out for my 8k run as part of ju-ju's plan (after having done 8k as my long run already for 2 weeks in a row) and I only managed 6.5k and just barely. I've had a flare up of joint pain recently, mostly in my hands but but my knees were really hurting too.
My 10k race is coming up in just under 3 weeks and I don't feel ready. I'm taking a week off running to rest, hopefully heal and reengergize. Healthy eating, some walks, stretching and some strengthening exercises over the next week before I try another run.
I knew running may be more of a challenge having more than one chronic illness, but it is discouraging. I really want to hit that 10k milestone! Anyone else running with a chronic illness? How do you manage?