Race Recap – Trenton Double Cross Half Marathon

My intention for this race was to use this as a training run for my marathon and pace myself throughout it.  I was hoping for a sub 2:00 time which would have been a PR.  I can honestly say I learned a few lessons during the race.

It was cold the morning of the race.  Since this race was a Black Girls Run race, all members who registered received a special medal along with their finisher’s medal.  I was unable to run it last year due to injury so I was excited to run it this year.
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The start kept getting delayed.  I was getting frustrated.  It was supposed to start 8.  They kept saying they were checking the course. Everyone was anxious.  We were ready! This is the first time I have been to a race where everyone started at the same time.  The half, 5k and 10k all started together. That was odd to me.

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It was time for the start! BOOM!  The muskets (yes, muskets) sounded the start of the race. I started to run and immediately came to a stop.  We had bottlenecked at the start.  What was going on?  Nothing except the start was overcrowded.

Miles 1-5:

The first hill was immediate.  It was a steep incline and the cold air was stinging my lungs.  I felt my chest getting tight and I was having shortness of breath.  I told myself to calm down, slow down and breathe.  I could only take short, shallow breaths not the long ones that I needed.  I was getting worried, almost in a panic.  My friend looked back and knew something was wrong.  She shouted out “are you ok?”  I shook my head no because I could not speak.

I started to find my breath and was breathing a little easier.  I kept running.  

Mile 5.5:

My friend said “we can run the 10k, if you cannot make it to the finish.”  I said “no, I am finishing what I signed up for. I am running the half.”  She said, “I cannot carry you but I will stick with you through this.”  She did and I truly appreciate her.  

Miles 6 – 13:

I decided to walk the hills.  It was too hard to breathe when I ran them.  I decided to take another 2 puffs of my inhaler.  I felt some of the tightness release and I was able to run for a mile or 2, walk a quarter and that is how I finished the race.  I finished in 2:17.  

I was so happy that I was able to run across the finish line.  It was one of the toughest races I have ever run! I have exercised induced asthma and have never had an attack like this one during a race.  If I use my inhaler before an exercise or race I am usually fine.  I pushed through this race by listening to my body.  My legs wanted more but my lungs were not able to give it to me.
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Lessons learned:
Cold air triggers a sever reaction, listen to my body and ALWAYS carry my inhaler.  

 

 

 

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