My biggest success happen just this past Super Bowl Sunday on February 1st. Back in October 08, a few of my cousins talked me into signing up for the Surf City Half-Marathon. They wanted to use it as a motivation to help them loose their recent baby weight. I tried some minor training in November, but in December my lower back started seriously bothering me and stopped working out entirely. In January, I finally saw my docter about my back and I had a few Physical therapy sessions. The Half-marathon was approaching fast. I had paid my $80 non-refundable money so I wanted to complete it.
I was so nervous when the race began. I wasn't able to eat much that morning. I wore shorts with pockets, so I kept my inhaler in one. I used it a couple of times before the race. I lost my 3 cousins and my cousin's friend in the first mile. I did jog the first mile and parts of many of the miles up till #9. By mile 4 though, my body was hurting... a lot. At mile #9, I caught up with my cousin's friend and we pushed each other to the end. I finished with a time of 3:37.
I have exercise enduced asthma, so I was expecting to have some sort of coughing fit during the race, but my core and lungs stayed cool and my back didn't even bother me at all. My Extremities on the other hand were killing me. The swelling in my hands was annoying and I had tremendous pain in my thighs and hips. I managed to jog across the finish, but the moment I stopped moving, my muscles stopped working very well. I wasn't able to walk normally till last Wednesday. I'm seriously considering the OC Half-Marathon May 3rd. Since I didn't really train for this last one at all, I'm going to step it up a little so I can increase my stamina and jog for longer periods. I'm going to use the couch to 5k training plan from coolrunnings.com. I have discovered for my asthma that the more active I am, the less it bothers me.
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That sounds great and wish I could run but have a bad knee that doctors messed up 20 years ago and have never been able to run since. I guess my biggest accomplishment is walking my first 2 miles without struggling to breathe or even using an inhaler for help. That is a big accomplishment for me and losing my weight to control my diabetes and blood pressure without any meds.
Cherly I can do all things through Christ who strenghtens me Philippians 4:13
I had a big moment at the gym a few weeks ago, when I was running and my legs got tired before my lungs. It was a real first for me, and motivated me to keep pushing. Having tried to run for so many years with EIA and allergies, I've gotten extremely frustrated with how difficult it can be for me to do the things I want to without having trouble breathing.
So I got thinking, let's talk about some victories with exercise to keep us all motivated!
My father is one of my great inspirations. He also has exercise induced asthma, but has been running for so many years that it almost doesn't bother him any more. He qualified for and ran the Boston marathon, and seeing him do it is what inspired me to get started. If he can, why can't I? I've got a long way to go, but I still am on my way just the same.
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