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This is a short report because I am not at all happy with the results. I have had a nagging little cough for about 10 days and I wrote it off to allergies. It is the height of allergy season here and a little drainage resulting in a bit of coughing is normal.

Things went well until about mile 7. I went to take a deep breath and just exploded in a coughing fit. Whenever I went to breathe deep I would cough and hack. Then I realized I was breathing shallow just so I wouldn't trigger a cough.

My PR was set at this race last year--2:12.

Today I finished in 2:36 and was just happy to have the damned thing over with. First time I have ever seriously taking a DNF. And I am now walking around the house coughing--it is a dry cough :(

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At least you finished Alan. Now rest up and take it easy for a while. Sounds like you need a break
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It is always a tough call when it is your health and not just race pain. Rest up, you'll be breaking records in no time.
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I'm sorry your 1/2 did not go as planned. The most important
thing is to take care of yourself. No doubt there are plenty more
1/2 marathons with PR potential in your future.
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Hey, you did great job considering you were sick! I think this has happened to many of us. My 2nd 5K I was sick and ran it anyway. It was 3 months after my first 5K. I had trained well for it, and I was 30 seconds slower that my first 5K. I told myself I could not be disappointed if I didn't break that PR. Well, I felt just horrible and was sick to boot. So, yeah, I know it sucks, but you should still be proud you completed the race. We're proud of you!

Shelly
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Alan, way to tough it out :thumbsup: You did better than pr, you finished a race when your body was screaming for you to stop. That is 10 times harder than running a pr.

Don't sweat it. Next race, when you feel healthy, you will do that much better, and your new pr will be all the more satisfying.

Good job, my friend.
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:1: It just wasn't in the cards today.
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:1: And maybe some meds too.
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would you have felt worse if you dnf. I personally would rather finish poorly than dnf. I know it is a cliche' but at least you finished.
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There will always be another race. It shows a tremendous amount of resolve that you decided to finish even though you had diminished breathing capacity!

Hope you feel better very soon. :D

Sandy


P.S. Do you take anything for your allergies?
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Alan, that sounds exactly like me for the last week and just like my performance at my 5k saturday! :( I think everything around here is in FULL bloom and its not doing me any favors!
Are you taking anything for allergies/asthma? Be careful and don't put off the dr. visit, I have for over a week and finally went today to findout I have bronchitis, as well as get prescribed 2 more asthma meds, an antibiotic, steroids, chest xray.....
I hope it gets better soon! And no worries, your time was still better than mine in Houston!!
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I take Allegra and flonase, every day....but didn't Sunday morning. But I don't think this cough is allergy related. Pretty sure now I have a chest cold.
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I'm with everyone else. From someone who's never ran a 1/2 I think it's downright amazing that you stayed in the race, alan!

congrats buddy!

Hope you're feelin better,

joel
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Can't say it any better than those above. Nice resolve to stick with it through the finish. Another PR another day, I'm sure.
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