Hopefully, by taking a very gradual approach to things, you will feel more confident that this program is comfortably within your limits, yet at the same time doing it regularly will extend those limits.
Have you talked to your doctor about taking up running? Have you been cleared for it? Any advice on what to do before you start?
I have asthma and run and it doesn't bother me. I can't run outside on ozone action days or in the cold. I take a hit of my inhaler before I start and always have it with me. When I first started, I did run/walk intervals and built up slowly. If I've had a cold or my allergies are bothering me, I just go slower.
Please talk with your doctor to help boost your confidence on handling it. Also, could you go with someone at first, just until you become more comfortable. And, remember, you can stop and walk any time you want. Nobody is watching you or will make fun of you.
Princesskate25, do you have a regular walking program? I found when I started to lose weight (I weighed about 100 pounds more than you do now) by walking, the more fit I got, the more I wanted to try running. My mental block was I had been fat my whole life and never been able to run because, well, fat girls don't run. What helped me get over that was breaking down that stereotype and proving that I could run at 200-pound plus. That gives me emence satisfaction.
I don't have any physical problems, just self doubt, and suffer from this also. I try to focus on something else. Basically, I go into la-la land. I think about my day, make up a story in my head, etc. Its sad because as long as I'm not thinking about how I can't run, I am chugging along no problem.
It really helps when you are starting out to do an interval program like couch to 5k. You start out with manageable intervals of running vs. walking and as the weeks go by the intervals get longer and your confidence grows with the length of the interval. I highly recommend this. Once you do the first workout and your confidence is higher you should no longer be so nervous.
I too have asthma...and I can't get myself to run. I've tried to run in small bursts, but my body will freak out.
Your body equates running with physical distress. The only way to get past this is to slowly build a positive or neutral association with running. Honestly, I have been working on that for YEARS. I've made progress...but not a lot.
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I've had a mental block to running, but not for asthma. I also haven't had a physical reaction like you'd had. I'm not sure how much my story will help in your specific instance, but here's my 2 cents. Mine is more of a "I can't do this" that starts to creep in before a run or during a longer run. For my mental block, it has helped to have someone running with me so that when I start having doubts, I have someone who can offer some motivation ("You've already run this distance before" or "think of how accomplished you'll feel when you're finished" etc). I also give myself a pep-talk until I find my mojo. They may seem stupid to some, but they help me when I don't want to run or don't think I can continue (i.e., you're strong, you can do this, mind over matter, think of all the people who want to run but can't, your 50 year old self will thank you etc).
When I was in middle school, before I found out that I had exercise induced asthma, I used to have to 1.5 miles each week. I had just moved to the US from England mid-year, I didn't know anyone, and I was always the last to finish the run because I couldn't breathe. I was teased so badly about it that I used to throw up in the morning before each run. Now I'm 21, I have my asthma under control and I want to start running but it makes me feel sick and scared every time. Does anyone else have a mental block to some form of exercise? How did you conquer it? Thanks!
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