Starting last Wednesday, nearly all my runs have felt really hard. The only exception was Friday, which was a 20 minute run in new trainers that made my toes so numb that it hurt. (Update on those at the end.)
So I've posted about Wednesday, Friday was Numb Toes Day.
Sunday was beginners canicross in the morning and I ended up opting for the 5k route when we split up because I felt like I was struggling. Only... I think I might have miscalculated on that one as we hadn't had as many pauses as usual so I think we'd gone farther than I thought. If that makes sense?
Tonight I was definitely struggling. There was only 2 of us and I had to take the first hill in stages, run, walk, run, walk. I haven't had to do that in ages! Managed the flat and downhill slopes okay - even had a conversation - but I could not breathe through my nose at all. The final long, gentle uphill that always defeats me anyway was a nightmare - more running & walking, only at even shorter intervals while my running mate ran down and up so he didn't get too far ahead. That said, because Stephen got to all the gates ahead of me, I didn't actually stop at all, so I did 5k in 36 minutes. Cue head scratch.
The best thing about tonight? No numb toes \o/ p. Unfortunately I still may need to exchange them as even with locked laces - thanks Qscout - my heels were slipping