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!