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!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Just quickly want to share part of a conversation between my son and I as we were wogging this afternoon. Our most convenient exercise route from home is a long uphill climb from our house to the nearest town. I was admiring the way the road sort of curves and ripples its steep way uphill to town. I think it really is a pretty route but it is a killer of a steep hill. I said that out loud and my son's response was "It's not a killer. It's a builder." I said "Wow, I like that. Can I use it?"
I just love the twist that it gives on the route. I am building strength, endurance, stamina and self-esteem every time that I conquer that hill!
It's all a matter of how you look at it and what words you use to make it work for you!
Go find your hill and conquer it. It's not a killer, it's a builder!
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