I was reminded of the affects of a healthy diet on my running performance this morning. My 12 mile run was a struggle. It may sound odd but I think the 18 miles I ran last week in the rain were easier than the 12 today. I finished them, but not easily. I tried to eat well on vacation - opting for oatmeal at breakfast two mornings instead of the tempting french toast or eggs, and splitting sandwiches at lunch with my husband rather than each of us getting our own - but the minimal amounts of fruits and vegetables compared to my regular diet really seemed to take its toll on me this morning.