“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A new PR....and why I'm not that excited about it...

Some of the Trinity running crew

    Saturday I ran the Rebuilding Together 5k  It was a small local race put on by a friend of mine.  Which meant that I knew over half of the people who were running...no pressure.;)

My goal time: 23:30 for a new PR.  I was pretty confident it would happen.  I had put in the training including the dreaded speed work and it was a flat, fast course.  I was familiar with the course and have run part of it several times on training runs.  So I knew what to expect as far as the course was concerned. The weather was set to be cool, crisp, and sunny.  Perfect for running.
Saturday morning I woke up with a little chest congestion...I NEVER get sick.  I thought about taking something, but my body doesn't really "do" medication very well.  Plus, I figured it would clear up once I got up and moving.
I ran the race okay.  I never really felt like I was in the groove.  I could not get my breathing under control and by mile 2 my lungs were on fire!  I slowed my pace for about a 1/2 mile and then picked it back up. I figured I was going to feel crappy either way so I might as well put it all in!
I finished with a new PR of 24:10.  First in AG and 14th over all out of 114.  Not bad.  A year ago I would have been turning flips from excitement, but I know what I'm capable of now.
     Hubby said I shouldn't have even run with chest congestion.  I have no idea..I have never had chest congestion since I've been a runner so I'll have to look into it. 
Sunday I had a 12 miler on my training plan.  Woke up to run at 5am feeling worse.  I'm thankful I serve a God who heals.~1 Peter 2:24"... by His wounds you have been healed."  I took a few minutes before I got out of bed to pray and thank God.
As I was putting my running shoes on and wishing I was still in bed, I had to tell myself.."I'm a runner, this is what we do."
Needless to say, it was a loooooong 12 miles I finished in 1:59 and was ready to crash.  I rested pretty well the rest of the day.  We have church in the morning and the evening, so I got a nice long nap in between services.

Today is I have an easy 5 miles on the training schedule.  Still have a little chest congestion but it actually feels a lot better today. The weather has finally cooled off enough for me to resume my lunch runs, which means, I can sleep an extra 2hrs in the morning!!

Hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy the beautiful Fall weather!!
What is on your exercise agenda today?

Grace and peace,

6 comments:

Emz said...

Way to get oout there for the 12.
You are awesome.

Happy you are feeling better.

Lisa said...

So I heard that the rule was when not feeling well and it's below the neck, you're supposed to rest, not run. I'd think chest congestion is in the rest camp. Get well

ps. great job on the PR

Andrew Opala said...

I'll take your PR - please send it to Andrew in Mississauga Canada!

you're a rocket!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Nice PR!
I agree with Lisa, if it's below the neck you need to rest. Running will only make it worse!! Taking a couple of days off to get better is a much better option than running through the congestion and ending up getting bronchitis. Believe me, I've been there and I wasn't able to run for weeks!

Julie said...

Way to go April! Nice PR:) Don't worry there will be another 5K for you to get that 23:30! Nice job!

The Happy Runner said...

Hope you're feeling better!

Great job on the 5k PR. I understand the feeling of not achieving what you thought you could but be proud of your strong PR!

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