I'm just back from parkrun and have achieved my first ever DNF (Did Not Finish). I'm a bit disappointed but I have more pressing things to do next week that will go better if I am injury free. I am spending a couple of days with my other half with no work or distractions so I want it to be a good time, hopefully if he is well enough lots of walking.
The reason for not finishing park run was two fold. One my left leg hamstring was pulling a bit and two I was sapped of energy as soon as I started running. After parkrun I realised that I wasn't alone there were many there complaining of the same lack of energy as I have been feeling for a couple of weeks. My neighbours who came with me say that's exactly how they have been feeling too.
There has been a discussion on the Bridge to 10km forum about hay fever bringing us down a bit and sapping away at our runs and we know when this phase finishes we will all be back up to full power again.
I realised we are lucky we have an active knowledge on our running bodies and can pick up on small things and work out what's going on. If your just starting and suffering the same as us you will just think running is beating you.
If you are having a really rotten time please bear with it as it could be weather related and as the system passes on, hopefully in the next week or so you will find your running will feel so much better. If we are struggling it would make sense that some of you are as well.
I don't have the classic symptoms of hay fever but recently as soon as I start to run I get a dry mouth and feel dehydrated even though I have drunk as well as usual and then into to the run my energy just dips away.
The most important thing is not to give up keep going out for your runs but if it really is too much be kind to yourself.
I'm hoping that this post will help anyone who is struggling but thinks running isn't for them, the weather could be hindering you, you could be a natural born runner when it passes so please don't give up.
Wishing you all a happy healthy running week.