My training for Saturday's half marathon was going well. I finished my last 10 mile long run two weeks ago and was feeling well. Two days later I got sick...I was in bed for a day with a fever and then flew out to a conference for work. I had a lot of chest congestion, a cough, and no voice for a couple days. I ran lightly a couple of time during those two weeks but mostly laid low.
Saturday morning was stormy and gross. I had several people question my sanity to go run the race with the cough I had but I had put in all that time training and I wasn't going to let the residual cough stop me. My original goal had been to finish in under 2 hours but I wasn't sure I'd be able to do that after all. The race set off and the miles ticked by. 1, 2, 3, 4, my pace was good and I was doing it! When I reached 7 miles I knew I was on track to finish in under two hours if I could keep it up. The last 2-3 miles were tough as my legs were getting so tired and I was starting to cough a little bit. I could have collapsed once I made it across the finish line. I started coughing so bad as soon as I stopped running and I couldn't get in enough air. I don't have asthma but I imagine I felt how someone with asthma feels. I was struggling to get in enough air and it took me about 5 minutes for the coughing to let up and to feel like I could breath again. Once I could breath I checked the official race time and I had finished in 1 hour and 57 minutes. Woohoo! I'm totally glad that I ran the race. Although my legs are really sore I feel pretty good today and am already planning my next one!