Should I race?

Should I race?

Post by Elisabeth Muell » Thu, 19 Apr 2001 19:33:07


Hello group,

here is a newbie with a question.
I started running at the begin of March, and I wanted to run my first
race this Sunday, April 22nd, a 5k race. I had the intention to run
under 35 minutes, which would be pretty fast for me. (Don't laugh)

The last week though I had the flue and fever and coughs and all kind
of signs I've got a *** bug.

Yesterday, I started feeling a little bit better, so I tried for my
first run in two weeks. My legs felt awfully weak, but that was not
the worst. After about ten minutes or one km, my bronchi cramped like
crazy. I could barely breathe, coughed all the time, and my breath
sounded more like I had a whistle in the throat.

Of course I take my medicine.

I won't try to run until Sunday, but then there is the big question:
should I try to participate?

What would happen if I don't? I would ever ask myself if I could have
done it, blame me for being a chicken. I would not find out how it is
to participate in a race.

What would happen if I do? I get cough cramps again and have to walk
four of the five km and get a time of about one hour and scare my
fellow runners and scare myself and make some really bad experience
with a race?

Or maybe I feel better on Sunday and have a wonderful race (much over
35 min though)?

Is there an exercise to relax the bronchi? If I run, I will carry my
inhalation device with me, just to be on the safe side.

What would you do? Would you race?

Elisabeth

 
 
 

Should I race?

Post by Brian Robinso » Thu, 19 Apr 2001 21:05:55

I'd wait- there will be other races.  And your memory of your first race
should be much better than what you'd have if you ran right now.  You don't
have enough of a base yet to keep fit over a week + of not running.

BTW- I received the same advice about my first half-marathon and ignored it.
I ran with the flu, shin splints and new shoes.  Needless to say, even
though I finished (2:30 or so), it sucked big time and has made me shy away
from further half+ distances.

You've got nothing to lose by waiting and everything to lose by racing.
Just my 2 cents, though.

Best of Luck on a Speedy Recovery,
Brian


: Hello group,
:
: here is a newbie with a question.
: I started running at the begin of March, and I wanted to run my first
: race this Sunday, April 22nd, a 5k race. I had the intention to run
: under 35 minutes, which would be pretty fast for me. (Don't laugh)
:
: The last week though I had the flue and fever and coughs and all kind
: of signs I've got a *** bug.
:
: Yesterday, I started feeling a little bit better, so I tried for my
: first run in two weeks. My legs felt awfully weak, but that was not
: the worst. After about ten minutes or one km, my bronchi cramped like
: crazy. I could barely breathe, coughed all the time, and my breath
: sounded more like I had a whistle in the throat.
:
: Of course I take my medicine.
:
: I won't try to run until Sunday, but then there is the big question:
: should I try to participate?
:
: What would happen if I don't? I would ever ask myself if I could have
: done it, blame me for being a chicken. I would not find out how it is
: to participate in a race.
:
: What would happen if I do? I get cough cramps again and have to walk
: four of the five km and get a time of about one hour and scare my
: fellow runners and scare myself and make some really bad experience
: with a race?
:
: Or maybe I feel better on Sunday and have a wonderful race (much over
: 35 min though)?
:
: Is there an exercise to relax the bronchi? If I run, I will carry my
: inhalation device with me, just to be on the safe side.
:
: What would you do? Would you race?
:
: Elisabeth

 
 
 

Should I race?

Post by Chazze » Thu, 19 Apr 2001 23:09:37

I agree with Brian... I think skipping this 5K is not really as big a
tragedy as you think it might be... Road races are pretty plentiful and 5Ks
in particular seem common... I'm not sure where you live, but surely you can
register for another one in the very near term... You've only been running
since March... Sounds like you are putting for more pressure on yourself
than you need to.  Just relax and enjoy it.

-Chazzer


Quote:
> Hello group,

> here is a newbie with a question.
> I started running at the begin of March, and I wanted to run my first
> race this Sunday, April 22nd, a 5k race. I had the intention to run
> under 35 minutes, which would be pretty fast for me. (Don't laugh)

> The last week though I had the flue and fever and coughs and all kind
> of signs I've got a *** bug.

> Yesterday, I started feeling a little bit better, so I tried for my
> first run in two weeks. My legs felt awfully weak, but that was not
> the worst. After about ten minutes or one km, my bronchi cramped like
> crazy. I could barely breathe, coughed all the time, and my breath
> sounded more like I had a whistle in the throat.

> Of course I take my medicine.

> I won't try to run until Sunday, but then there is the big question:
> should I try to participate?

> What would happen if I don't? I would ever ask myself if I could have
> done it, blame me for being a chicken. I would not find out how it is
> to participate in a race.

> What would happen if I do? I get cough cramps again and have to walk
> four of the five km and get a time of about one hour and scare my
> fellow runners and scare myself and make some really bad experience
> with a race?

> Or maybe I feel better on Sunday and have a wonderful race (much over
> 35 min though)?

> Is there an exercise to relax the bronchi? If I run, I will carry my
> inhalation device with me, just to be on the safe side.

> What would you do? Would you race?

> Elisabeth


 
 
 

Should I race?

Post by Charlie Wyke » Fri, 20 Apr 2001 01:10:59


Quote:
> Hello group,

> here is a newbie with a question.
> I started running at the begin of March, and I wanted to run my first
> race this Sunday, April 22nd, a 5k race. I had the intention to run
> under 35 minutes, which would be pretty fast for me. (Don't laugh)

Not laughing at all. I'm damm sure I couldn't have run sub 35 less than 2
months after beginning to run.

    <snip>

Quote:
> What would you do? Would you race?

My newbie answer would be no. If I have a lay-off - especially for illness -
then my first day back is always hard and slow so if I was in your shoes I
know I wouldn't do myself justice. Of course, you may be different  so if
you feel great on Sunday then run for pleasure and if you're in 'greyhound'
mode you'll know that a layoff doesn't affect you too much - which will be
something to note for when it happens again.
 
 
 

Should I race?

Post by Sean Cheste » Fri, 20 Apr 2001 01:39:01

Good morning Elisabeth,

       I'm in exactly the same position you are right now.  I have both
tonsilitis and mononucleosis, as well as three races in a four week
span.  I decided to run the first one, and was not pleased at all.  I
ended up finishing 15 minutes slower than my expected time, and I felt
like ***afterwards.  I've been debating whether I should run this next
race a week Sunday, but if I'm not feeling any better than I am right
now, I'd only disappoint myself more.  I know it's disappointing to miss
a race, but it's even more disappointing to finish a lot worse than you
expected, fell horrible throughout and after your race, and probably
increase the time you'll be sick for.  My advice, through experience,
would be to hold off and wait for the next race.  Who knows?  By
waiting, you may break 32 minutes in your first race!

                                       Sean Chester

Quote:

> Hello group,

> here is a newbie with a question.
> I started running at the begin of March, and I wanted to run my first
> race this Sunday, April 22nd, a 5k race. I had the intention to run
> under 35 minutes, which would be pretty fast for me. (Don't laugh)

> The last week though I had the flue and fever and coughs and all kind
> of signs I've got a *** bug.

> Yesterday, I started feeling a little bit better, so I tried for my
> first run in two weeks. My legs felt awfully weak, but that was not
> the worst. After about ten minutes or one km, my bronchi cramped like
> crazy. I could barely breathe, coughed all the time, and my breath
> sounded more like I had a whistle in the throat.

> Of course I take my medicine.

> I won't try to run until Sunday, but then there is the big question:
> should I try to participate?

> What would happen if I don't? I would ever ask myself if I could have
> done it, blame me for being a chicken. I would not find out how it is
> to participate in a race.

> What would happen if I do? I get cough cramps again and have to walk
> four of the five km and get a time of about one hour and scare my
> fellow runners and scare myself and make some really bad experience
> with a race?

> Or maybe I feel better on Sunday and have a wonderful race (much over
> 35 min though)?

> Is there an exercise to relax the bronchi? If I run, I will carry my
> inhalation device with me, just to be on the safe side.

> What would you do? Would you race?

> Elisabeth

 
 
 

Should I race?

Post by BarryN » Fri, 20 Apr 2001 04:21:49


Quote:
> Hello group,

> here is a newbie with a question.
> I started running at the begin of March, and I wanted to run my first
> race this Sunday, April 22nd, a 5k race. I had the intention to run
> under 35 minutes, which would be pretty fast for me. (Don't laugh)

We don't laugh at newbies because we know they'll be faster than us by this
time next year :-)

Quote:
> The last week though I had the flue and fever and coughs and all kind
> of signs I've got a *** bug.

> Yesterday, I started feeling a little bit better, so I tried for my
> first run in two weeks. My legs felt awfully weak, but that was not
> the worst. After about ten minutes or one km, my bronchi cramped like
> crazy. I could barely breathe, coughed all the time, and my breath
> sounded more like I had a whistle in the throat.

Sounds like you're not fully better yet - more rest days are called for...

Quote:
> Of course I take my medicine.

> I won't try to run until Sunday, but then there is the big question:
> should I try to participate?

If you feel completely better by race day I'd go for it - missing a week to
10 days won't have too much of a negative effect on your fitness level -
training while still sick might.

Quote:
> What would happen if I don't? I would ever ask myself if I could have
> done it, blame me for being a chicken. I would not find out how it is
> to participate in a race.

Yes you will, you'll just do the next 5k instead. I normally expect to miss
at least one race I've entered each year due to injury or illness (this year
I already had to pull out of the Twintig van Alphen 20k - *sob*).

Quote:
> What would happen if I do? I get cough cramps again and have to walk
> four of the five km and get a time of about one hour and scare my
> fellow runners and scare myself and make some really bad experience
> with a race?

> Or maybe I feel better on Sunday and have a wonderful race (much over
> 35 min though)?

> Is there an exercise to relax the bronchi? If I run, I will carry my
> inhalation device with me, just to be on the safe side.

> What would you do? Would you race?

Only if I really felt better...

Quote:
> Elisabeth

--
Regards, Barry
Running & Stuff: http://SportToday.org/~barry841
 
 
 

Should I race?

Post by Scot » Fri, 20 Apr 2001 04:43:00

Elisabeth,
  Take the race off.  Don't run a race until you feel comfortable that
on that day you can give it your best.  Just keep a good additude about
your running, and keep training.  By skipping this race I believe you
will be doing yourself a big favor.  There is no need to risk cramping
and having to walk the final few k's, that would be bad for your morale.
Skip the race, keep training, and you will have a great race, when you
race.
Scott
Having a postive attitude leads to postive results!!!!!!
 
 
 

Should I race?

Post by Kare » Sat, 21 Apr 2001 00:15:12


Quote:

>Hello group,

>here is a newbie with a question.
>I started running at the begin of March, and I wanted to run my first
>race this Sunday, April 22nd, a 5k race. I had the intention to run
>under 35 minutes, which would be pretty fast for me. (Don't laugh)

>The last week though I had the flue and fever and coughs and all kind
>of signs I've got a *** bug.

snip

I think you have a very legitimate reason to skip this event.
I know where you are coming from though.  It isn't the fact that there
are plenty of 5K's to enter, it's the fact that this was a goal, and
now you feel like you are slipping?  
You went out and tried running before you were 100%, which should tell
you that you are motivated, the time just isn't the best for you.  I
bet there are very few runners who have been able to run every single
race that they planned to.
Set your sights on another, and good luck!

Karen

 
 
 

Should I race?

Post by Elisabeth Muell » Sun, 22 Apr 2001 04:25:45



Quote:


>>Hello group,

>>here is a newbie with a question.
>>I started running at the begin of March, and I wanted to run my first
>>race this Sunday, April 22nd, a 5k race. I had the intention to run
>>under 35 minutes, which would be pretty fast for me. (Don't laugh)

>>The last week though I had the flue and fever and coughs and all kind
>>of signs I've got a *** bug.
>snip

>I think you have a very legitimate reason to skip this event.
>I know where you are coming from though.  It isn't the fact that there
>are plenty of 5K's to enter, it's the fact that this was a goal, and
>now you feel like you are slipping?  
>You went out and tried running before you were 100%, which should tell
>you that you are motivated, the time just isn't the best for you.  I
>bet there are very few runners who have been able to run every single
>race that they planned to.
>Set your sights on another, and good luck!

>Karen

Thank you Karen, and thanks to all the others out there.
You helped me here, and I will not race. I will, however, go there and
watch what's happening, just to get aquainted and that I don't get the
feeling I miss too much.

Thank you for caring and sharing your experience.

Elisabeth

 
 
 

Should I race?

Post by David Forbe » Sun, 22 Apr 2001 04:47:48

May be they could use another volunteer??
A good way to meet people and runners.

Quote:





> >>Hello group,

> >>here is a newbie with a question.
> >>I started running at the begin of March, and I wanted to run my first
> >>race this Sunday, April 22nd, a 5k race. I had the intention to run
> >>under 35 minutes, which would be pretty fast for me. (Don't laugh)

> >>The last week though I had the flue and fever and coughs and all kind
> >>of signs I've got a *** bug.
> >snip

> >I think you have a very legitimate reason to skip this event.
> >I know where you are coming from though.  It isn't the fact that there
> >are plenty of 5K's to enter, it's the fact that this was a goal, and
> >now you feel like you are slipping?
> >You went out and tried running before you were 100%, which should tell
> >you that you are motivated, the time just isn't the best for you.  I
> >bet there are very few runners who have been able to run every single
> >race that they planned to.
> >Set your sights on another, and good luck!

> >Karen

> Thank you Karen, and thanks to all the others out there.
> You helped me here, and I will not race. I will, however, go there and
> watch what's happening, just to get aquainted and that I don't get the
> feeling I miss too much.

> Thank you for caring and sharing your experience.

> Elisabeth

--
Regards,
Dave
**************************************
I'd love to think that there's an end
just waiting right around the bend,
but every turn's a tunnel.
       I descend
I'm the running man...
Edward Ka Spell and kEvin Key,
The Last Man to Fly, 1991
**************************************
 
 
 

Should I race?

Post by mario gentoliz » Mon, 23 Apr 2001 15:56:57

you should not race ,,,, i did once all it did was aggregate my
condition ,,, that is not to say that i would not ,,, some where i think
we believe we r super people immune to the laws of this world ,,, every
body get your run on
clodzilla
Quote:

> Hello group,

> here is a newbie with a question.
> I started running at the begin of March, and I wanted to run my first
> race this Sunday, April 22nd, a 5k race. I had the intention to run
> under 35 minutes, which would be pretty fast for me. (Don't laugh)

> The last week though I had the flue and fever and coughs and all kind
> of signs I've got a *** bug.

> Yesterday, I started feeling a little bit better, so I tried for my
> first run in two weeks. My legs felt awfully weak, but that was not
> the worst. After about ten minutes or one km, my bronchi cramped like
> crazy. I could barely breathe, coughed all the time, and my breath
> sounded more like I had a whistle in the throat.

> Of course I take my medicine.

> I won't try to run until Sunday, but then there is the big question:
> should I try to participate?

> What would happen if I don't? I would ever ask myself if I could have
> done it, blame me for being a chicken. I would not find out how it is
> to participate in a race.

> What would happen if I do? I get cough cramps again and have to walk
> four of the five km and get a time of about one hour and scare my
> fellow runners and scare myself and make some really bad experience
> with a race?

> Or maybe I feel better on Sunday and have a wonderful race (much over
> 35 min though)?

> Is there an exercise to relax the bronchi? If I run, I will carry my
> inhalation device with me, just to be on the safe side.

> What would you do? Would you race?

> Elisabeth

 
 
 

Should I race?

Post by Lowtuc Zowt » Mon, 23 Apr 2001 19:37:58

Hi
Yes. win or lose
www.trailmarathon.com
so far, this last week. drop a ladder on toe. twisted ankle, blisters
everwhere,loss gel at laundry. da shoes are too tight. black and blue.
sore back. heard the race elevation to 1100 feet at the end of loop.
like maybe 6 hills. rolling the rest. may be the start and finish too.
aid station only 1.7 miles. only been hill training 3 weeks.
  and I can't wait for next sunday.:>)

Godspeed,+47,0,Nlat42.20,Wlong83.3