First of all, I thought I would flash my Run Mummy Run starry leggings at you. I don't wear them often as they aren't as good as the Sturdy by Design ones at hiding the support on my left knee - as you can see from the picture.
Ok, today was a struggle. My legs were heavy, I knew when I set out I was tired, and my chest is congested. I'm allergic to one of the dogs, and he's moulting heavily at the moment. It really affects my breathing despite using my inhaler before a run, and i'm coughing up gunk the whole way round a run. I couldn't make up the time today even on the downhill bits. I wonder if one reason I shaved 10 minutes off my 10k time at Blenheim on Sunday was because I was out of the house and away from the dog hair for two hours before running and my chest had cleared - running seemed effortless at least for the first half to two thirds of the course, instead of my usual struggle to get going. I have to seriously ask myself if I'll manage a half marathon next year if I'm struggling like this.
Having said all that, when I checked my stats on my watch, my VO2 Max and performance rating had improved. Is this because I was running more slowly? I've been pushing myself faster lately. should I go back to slower running, keep pushing the faster speed, or alternate the runs and do some slow and some faster, or just run at whatever speed my chest, amount of sleep etc allow me to?