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To run or not to run (walk)?? Asthma sucks!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

This is the question.
I have been feeling like this lately.

I have asthma and I am not one to let it stop me. I have carried on my merry and sometimes un-merry little way and tried very hard to keep pushing through the issue. Sometimes through tears of frustration at not being able to breathe and run the way I want to. I feel like I have so much potential and these damn lungs just keep holding me back.

Yes, I know that I can burn calories by the other activities that I enjoy such as hiking, biking, walking, skiing, etc. But running has given me so much more then any of those in the 3 years that I have been doing it. The age group medals, the will power and determination, the training for my half-marathon, pushing through all kinds of weather, all of these and just completing races has given me a great sense of pride and such confidence as I have never known before.

I love running for charities that have special meaning to me and tomorrow is a 5K for MS which is something that has been a health issue in my family. My Grandmother, Aunt and Uncle were seriously afflicted with MS and it was their demise. Nowadays, through research and new meds, it is not the death sentence that it was in their time. Anyone of my siblings may carry the gene and be diagnosed at some point in our lives. That is why this race is important to me.

I am a big fan of doing what I can, with what I got, while I can and because I can. I know that every day my life is a miracle and I do not take it for granted. My family thinks I should "just walk" but they don't understand the disappointment that walking will bring me. But they do know the outcome of what running the race will do, asthma attack for sure and hours of discomfort. But I am willing to pay the price, I have done it before. I live through it and recover.

I am a tough cookie or maybe I am just stupid, but I want run.
Have you ever run when you felt that you shouldn't?
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    emoticon on your race. I was short of breath in my half marathon in Oklahoma. My friend, that has asthma, said it sounded like what she goes thorough regularly. I can't imagine!!

    You are a strong woman to continue working out with asthma. Many would use it as an excuse NOT to exercise, but not you! You are emoticon !

    Keep trying, emoticon I know emoticon You've already proven you can! emoticon
    1504 days ago
    I made it! I took all the preventive measures that I could think of and I walked the big hill that is half-way, used my inhaler again at that point and then used the momentum of the hill to go downward!
    Not my best time but not my worst either. 31:23 and that led to 2nd in my AG!

    Thank you all for your suppot! emoticon
    1514 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/29/2014 6:13:42 AM
    CHANGINGHORSES I know what your saying and the allergies are really bad too Staying in and trying something new (meds) Good luck a feel better
    1514 days ago
    Sounds like you need to get better control of your asthma. Can do you some research to find the root cause? emoticon
    1515 days ago
    How did the race go?
    1515 days ago
    By now I expect you made the best decision for you. Best of all I hope you enjoyed yourself.
    1515 days ago
    I have exercise induced asthma. Usually hits me between miles 2 and 3. I know how you feel. You do what you can, push when you think it is ok, and STOP when you have to.
    1515 days ago
    I can control my asthma by avoiding cigarette smoke, construction dust etc, but pollen is harder especially in the spring. When the count is high, I stick to the treadmill and short races.
    I understand your frustration, but listen to your body too.
    1516 days ago
    Im agreeing with LivingFree19! I am also an asthma sufferer and I know the consequences. You are not stupid and your heart is in the right place but for your health, please consider doing stuff that won't hurt you :)
    1516 days ago
    You are definitely not stupid!

    Run on days when you are able to and don't when your asthma is really acting up. It isn't safe to push yourself when you shouldn't, take it from one asthma sufferer to another.

    Big emoticon
    1516 days ago
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