You can do it easily. I have exercise induced and allergic asthma and have been running for the past couple of years. 10k is by far and away my favourite distance but I'll run anything from 5k to a half marathon. I'd never do a full but that's because I don't like long distance running, give me short and fast any day.
The trick with running is to start SLOWLY. I started with the Couch to 5k program over at coolrunning.com (www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml
) and it is really, really good.
Start off on the TM if you're not confident about running on the road and keep it at a pace where you would be able to converse in short sentences. Even if you're running 0.1mph above walking pace that's fine, you're getting used to the running motion.
The only other thing you need is good shoes. This is totally non-negotiable, especially for a beginner. You'll need to visit a specialist running store for these (google is your friend) and get them to select a shoe which is right for your gait. DO NOT go to the big box stores, the sales people there are not specially trained to help runners. When you get to your speciality running store, they should watch you walk (and preferably run) in the store and pick out a selection of shoes for you to try. Follow their guidelines and get the ones that they suggest, not ones that look good or are cheapest.
In terms of asthma, I always carry my reliever (the blue one) inhaler with me. Always warm up slowly - I have a 10 minute warmup routine which never changes unless I'm out in the cold and then it gets 5 minutes longer. I'll have a puff generally after the warmup and be good to go.
So in summary - start slow, good shoes, and warm up well. Also pop along to the "Rookie Runners" SparkGroup if you have any questions about running!
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