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Now this is a run I can almost live with.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I can almost live with it because I didn't feel like I was dying afterwards. Yes!

Some of you are aware that my asthma has been an issue for me all winter long and I have struggled with my running. It has been drastically cut because I just can't catch my breath. I have continued hiking and walking as I love doing those activities also. I have always been a walker and until 3 1/2 years ago it was my exercise of choice.

I am not going give up on running just yet. I am persistent and keep reading and searching for any tips that will help me run and breathe at the same time. One of the tips that I have found is to really pay attention to my breathing and breathe deeply into my stomach. By really focusing on my breathing I can control it better.

I also have pretty much come to the realization that like it or not, I need to use my inhaler BEFORE I run. I will be much more successful if I try to prevent the attack.

The other thing I have to accept and this is a biggie, is that if my breathing is getting too labored, I must stop running and walk until I catch my breath. I am finding that if I stop running before the breathing is out of control I have a much better chance of running farther without too many problems. I've had a problem with this in the past. "If I don't run the whole time I am a failure" Even when I know that I should stop and walk, I sometimes battle with myself because I want to run the whole way.

I am hoping that with Spring I will begin to breathe better when I run and perhaps not need the inhaler so often. I have come so far in my health and I kept thinking that I could go even farther. I have done things that I would have never thought I would ever do much less want to do.

I guess the bottom line is that I may not be where I want to be in my health and fitness but I am so grateful that I am not where I used to be. I am also proud of myself because I have not let any little stone in my path be a reason to quit. One of my favorite quotes is "Do not let what you cannot do stand in the way of what you can do". I hope that I always remember that and always find a way to do what I can do.

Today I went 4 1/2 miles in 60 minutes. I have done much better time in the past, but today it is what I can do and I did it!
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IMPETUOUS1 4/6/2013 12:12PM

    Me too!! Thanks for posting. Running is the only thing that could have made me admit to an asthma diagnosis, and I'm trying to remember to use the new inhaler before I go out, and I'm trying not to feel like it's a crutch I should be able to train my way past.

4.5 miles last night in 60 minutes too! What serendipitous timing for me to find this blog. It's the first thing I've read about running with asthma since I copped to getting an inhaler a month ago.

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TERESA159 3/29/2013 10:50AM

    You have a winning attitude! And don't get down on yourself if you have to walk part of the way, think of it as "running in spirit".
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DEBBYFROMMT 3/28/2013 9:52AM

    Excellent time! My daughter has asthma and ran cross country when she was in high school. She always used her albuterol inhaler before she started. Albuterol will increase your heart rate and may make running a little tougher. But you have to find out what works for you. My daugher (a junior in college) is planning to run a 1/2 marathon with me in July.

Good for you! Keep it up!!

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CASEYSAUER 3/28/2013 8:45AM

    emoticon What you decribed was a yoga breath! I know you would benefit from yoga! Congrats on the run!

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SONDRAJ20 3/28/2013 6:32AM

    I am so impressed with your accomplishments!! And I love the quote. It comes at a time when it is really relevant for me because I am changing the way I run and really struggling right now. I also understand your being critical of yourself for walking when you need to. I am the same way and we'd both be better off if we'd get over it!! Thanks for inspiring me and keep up the good work!!

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DAISYBELL6 3/27/2013 8:07PM

    I have asthma also and use an inhaler before I run. Today I ran 4.5 miles in 60 minutes too! We are doing just fine! We are running!

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ONMYMEDS 3/27/2013 7:44PM

    Well done!!

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MJ7DM33 3/27/2013 6:05PM

  WTG!

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