What a disaster! Sorry I know I should be pleased just to be able to run, but I was plagued with asthma problems and produced a diabolical run.
I felt so good this morning when I left the house and was really hoping that my recent health problems were under control. I took my inhaler as the doc suggested and thought I would be fine.
The race started with 1 mile of up hill running, I took this very steady not wanting to push too hard as I haven't raced for quite a while. By 2 miles my breathing was very loud and I was struggling. One of my club mates passed and asked if the breathing was ok, I said yes as I thought that I just needed to get my second wind.
I had no option other than to drop right back on the pace to get some kind of control. Once I thought I had done so, I tried to up it again, to no avail. My chest was tight and I felt like I couldn't get enough air. At 5 miles I decided to just cruise in and finish to make up the team. I really couldn't do much else.
I wish I knew why this was happening!
I finished in what was a very poor time for me, something like 10mins outside what I normally run. As I said I know I should be happy to just run annd not worry about how long it takes, but I'm not happy because it hurts to breathe. Even now several hours later I'm still short of breath. I'm sorry to off load my post race unhappiness!
On a positive note I did make up the club team being their 3rd lady and we took 2nd ladies team, all receiving a nice bottle of red wine.
The course was very tough, especially the first and last few miles. The in between bit was nice, all country lanes and track. And the weather was ideal, light rain to begin with and no wind. It was however quite humid.
If anyone is in this part of the country through August, it is a nice and well organised race to do.