On Sunday, I participated in my first-ever 5k run, the first annual UMKC Regalia Run. This was the first time I'd run any distance on a hilly surface, and let me tell you - the hills on campus are a total bitch. The course was an out-and-back, meaning that we ran to a halfway point, then ran the course in reverse to get back to where we started.
I had one goal - to run the entire course - and I met it. I ran slow, but I ran the entire 3.2 miles and finished in 42.03 minutes, and finished 149th out of 199 participants.
Mr. Awesome ran the course in 29.04 minutes, and finished 60th overall. He's a natural born runner.
Afterwards, we ate a hearty post-run breakfast at Eggtc. Biscuits and gravy, pancakes, breakfast tacos, coffee, orange juice. Yum.
The run was as hard as I expected it to be. My legs and shoulders still ache two days later. But worse than that is that running in the cool of morning in the outdoors really aggravated my asthma. I've had to use my inhaler more in the last two days than I have in months. Lots of coughing, wheezing, and general chest tightness that I haven't really experienced since... well, high school gym class.
But the run... the finishing... the sense of personal accomplishment... that is worth the wheezing.
I've been reading up on how to run with asthma, and found some great advice at Life's a Wheeze. There's also some great training information at http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/index.html. Jeff Galloway's method is a run-walk hybrid, and apparently works great for asthmatics. We'll see - I'm planning on giving it a closer look this week...
...because I think I might be addicted to this whole running thing. I'm already thinking of entering another 5k this weekend...