Ashlyn got a cold. While I was taking care of her, I knew that I was going to get her cold. I did. Only I got it worse. The cold lasted a week and a half. Toward the end of the cold I decided to run a race. I was finally training again without shin pain and the cold stopped me. I can't run if I can't breath.
I drove up to Kittanning for what I believe is my 6th race there. Same place, same course, always fun. The YMCA up there puts on great races. There was not many people there, maybe 30. I guess the weather scared them off. It was actually nice that day. Sunny and 40. The trail was snow and ice covered so it would be slow going.
I was there to run with a group not race. I told this to myself a couple times. When the race started no one took off fast. No leader. There was 4 or 5 of us all running the same pace. The race starts on the road, so this is a good time to pull out in front. I took the lead and held it until the turn around. But something wasn't right! I ran a little more than stepped to the side and let two runners ahead of me. I couldn't breath through my nose because of the cold. I was sucking in air through my mouth coughing the whole time.
I finished in 3rd place. Could I have won? I don't think so, but I would have made them work harder for the win. When I finished the race the coughing was worse...and worse. A few hours later at home. My chest hurt. Seems I bruised a few ribs. :o( The pain is "oh my god" bad. The only thing that I can do for it is sit around, and that just doesn't happen. I'm a always has to be working on something person and a single parent. There is no down time or sick time.
Once I get better I'm excited to race again. Any race suggestions? I'd like to try new ones.