I've gone running the last three days. Sunday is usually a longer run day; I don't work, don't have any commitments, and can get out there for as long as I like. Monday is hit or miss; sometimes my afternoon is free, like it was yesterday, and sometimes I have to squeeze in some time in the evening. For half of the year, Tuesday is one of two softball nights, and if the game is late enough, I'll get my run in, otherwise it's usually a rest day (although I decided to squeeze it in during my lunch hour today). I've been having fun lately running the streets in my neighborhood; just north of me is a quiet little set of streets with little vehicular traffic. Runs in the middle of the day see maybe one or two cars every ten minutes. Each of the runs so far this week, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, have been in the 'hood.
Runs this week have not felt great. I've been working on getting in at least one 4 mile run a week, and Sunday is the natural candidate for that. Wow, did I ever struggle with that run. I felt like I lost my breath during the 3rd mile. The only thing that kept me going was my goal distance, and even though I felt like I was "walking with a bounce" at the end, I made it. I chalked up the bad run to just being one of those days. But then it happened again yesterday, and even worse... I didn't even get 2 miles in. I couldn't breathe. I felt defeated and disappointed. I figured, okay, we'll try super-slow the whole way during today's run... and yeah, got my 2 miles in, just barely, and at just under a 13 minute/mile pace. Ouch.
I don't know what's up with my breathing. I have an appointment with an asthma/allergy specialist on Thursday, and I'm hoping that I'll find some answers there.