In working to get my Exercise-Induced Asthma under control, I am now able to set fitness goals with actual dates of completion. My overall yearly goal is to run or cycle in a race once a month. So far I have run two 5Ks, one in January and one in February.
The January 5K was pretty rough, the temperature was in the 60s but the humidity was brutal. I was fighting with shin splints a week or so before the 5K and did have a little pain during the run. I ended up walking three times and finished in 34:24, a little over 11 min/mi.
The February 5K was much better. I took off a little over two weeks off of running to allow the shin splints to recover, and so didn’t think that I would do very well. I was able to get in a couple runs before the end of the month and ran the whole 5K in 30:04, which is a little under 10 min/mi.
For March and April, I have scheduled mud runs. These obstacle course races are a little different but are still approximately the same length as a 5K. I will be looking up exercises to prepare for the obstacles, but will still only have a month or two to prepare. Mainly I am going to be doing them because they look like a lot of fun.
I haven’t decided yet which races to pick for May and on. I would like to participate in at least a couple of cycling races and there are a couple in May that I could decide between.
I do have my eye on a couple of sprint triathlons in fall, but I am not sure that I am going to be ready for them in time. I haven’t swam in several years and wouldn’t start for another couple of months. However, I can’t deny that they are very intriguing. The first one that caught my eye is in August, but there is also one in October that is almost equally appealing.
This is a slippery slope I am on…
Overall, my February challenge turned out well. I did blog every week, and stuck to the topics I had chosen. I am glad that I didn’t decide to devote an entire blog to Exercise-Induced Asthma, as I don’t have a lot of experience with it and would have begun to run thin on topics.
March Challenge: Festivals! I will be visiting a festival once a week in during March and will post about my experiences at them.