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?