I’m actually getting a little nervous.
Not so the half that I’m training for but the 5K “fun” run on Saturday.
I did a 3 mile run on Wednesday and did a lot better than I thought I would and on the Thursday morning run I though I was taking it easy and averaged 9:14 min miles. I even had to stop and walk a little bit after a diesel pick-up went by. I think I’m going to try for under 24 minutes.
Which bring me to something I want to mention here. I HATE diesel trucks. I’m cool with the semi tractors and farm equipment never really bothered me all that much. In the city anyway the drivers are some of the more annoying to share the road with. they are a lot noisier and if you are a city dweller I’ve never understood there point.
However, I can overlook all those issues. The smell, however, just kills me. I know that if they are tuned correctly they burn pretty clean as compared to their petrol cousins. but so many of them aren’t. Even when they are though, that diesel smell.
I know that a lot of it comes from being asthmatic. Burning diesel will send me into an instant asthma attack every time. What I don’t understand is that I’m fine with petrol exhaust and even jet fuel. I worked for several years as an aircraft mechanic and had very few problems.
Do any of you have problems breathing around diesel exhaust or is it just me?
Tomorrow is the 5K and I’m going to see how fast I can do it. and then Sunday I have the last truly long run before the Illinois half on 4/28.