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What's happening? Bad bad run

I did w8r3 tonight and only managed a mile before stopping, just couldn't seem to get my breathing right, didn't feel I was breathing deep enough and my chest felt tight(could have been the cold air?) I fear I am starting losing my enthusiasm but I really don't want to quit. This is only the second failure as the same happened on w7r2 at the same point. Feel a bit down now and unsure if I should just man up and get out on Saturday and start week nine? Or try the same run again before progressing.

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The cold weather can affect your breathing. Sometimes you need to acclimatise a bit longer before running. You could try using a buff or fleece scarf over your mouth at the start of a run until your lungs get used to the cold air. My husband has to do this at the start of our bike rides in the winter.


I've been having the same trouble, since it's getting pretty cold here, and it's not a good thing for my asthma:S

what I have found out that works for me atleast - is pretty much the same as AnnieW55 has said,

longer warmup walks

and a scarf or a buff (or in my case, my wool undershirt has a pretty high neck - so I can pull that one up over my mouth and breathe thrue it)

helps alot:)

But I'll be keeping an eye out for this thread for more ideas:)

happy running


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