Monday, June 24, 2013
I am officially registered for my first Half! Woohoo! Harrisburg Half-Marathon Sept. 8, 2013.
As some of you know I have been struggling with my Asthma for the past 6 months and have not been able to run as I would like. I realize that registering for a Half at this point may seem silly but I really really wanted to do this before I turn the BIG 50, which is in December.
I know that I could hike or walk the hell out of 13.1 miles. I am determined to do this so no point in trying to talk me out of it. (Others have tried) I know that sometimes I just have to quit the thinking and worrying about it and just freakin go for it! I am doing that, "Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go."
I am under a doctor's care for the Asthma and I hope that the flare-up will be under control very soon. In the meantime, I will do what I can as best as I can. I will train for the half and with a combination of determination, self-awareness, self-preservation, doctor's care, interval training, balanced diet, necessary rest and sleep, etc. I will cross that line.
Most of all I know that I will have the support of many of you in the Spark Community. I don't expect to shatter any records, I just expect for me to do the best that I can with what I have been given and "Never Give Up!".
That being said, I hope to make weekly progress reports here for my own accountability and record. I will be open to any and all suggestions as I make my way to Harrisburg.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
I ran a Relay for Life Race about two weeks ago and my asthma once again has been kicking my butt ever since. I had debated long and hard about whether I should run the race or not but I really wanted to do it in memory of my father. I am kind of stubborn.
I even made a bib for my back in his honor, I miss him.
In spite of my prescribed preventive measures, I did have some minor breathing issues and had to do some walking which I was not happy about. But it was more important for me to just participate in the race then run the whole race.
I managed to make it through and definitely needed to get my breathing under control once finished. But I can smile knowing that I did it.
Unfortunately, I am still having problems and have not been able to run since and can barely even put the effort in to walk at a good clip. This really sucks. I am working with my doctor to get the breathing under control but I am really concerned that I will have to give up the running.
This is really tough for me to take and I have been very depressed about it. I NEED my exercise! I WANTED to run a Half this year! I knew that at some point I would have to deal with some limitations as I get older but I AM NOT READY for it yet.
I desperately hope that this flare-up passes and I can get back to normal, but as bad as it has been the past couple months, I have my doubts. Somehow I must learn to deal with it and do what I can with what I have. I cannot let this be the end of my fitness and balloon back up to 207lbs or more. I will find other ways to stay in shape. I do walk, hike, bike, etc. but I have really come to love running over the past three years. It has been very challenging and rewarding for me. I do not think that I can get the same satisfaction and rewards from anything else.
I am signed up for a race this Saturday but I believe that I will have to "walk it" with the rest of the family. Funny, it will be the first time anyone else has joined a race with me and I have to walk. They are walkers though, not runners. It will still be great to be with them.
BTW - I finished The Relay 3rd in my age group at a depressing time of 31:48. (Did I say that I hate Asthma?)
I forgot to add that I completed my 26.2 for Boston during this race also, so another win!
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