Running With Asthma

Running Farther
September 18, 2008, 3:58 pm
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This week is another milestone and another epiphany.  My lungs feel better after running 5 miles than they did running 2 or 3.  Weird!  I’m tired, but, my lungs are more open and not the part of my body holding me back today.  Today my muscles are sore.  My short-term goal is the same:  to do the 1/2 marathon November; even if I have to run/walk, run/crawl.  This past Sunday I hiked 2.5 miles up a mountain and then jogged 2.5 back down again. I could hear my heart beating out my mouth!  It was clicking.  (I also have MVP) If I add the distance from the truck to the trail, it was a total of 5.65 miles.  Last night I did a slow run of 5 miles.  Two of those miles were cross-country through the hills.  My husband said he sees a difference in my asthma overall with the increased running. 

My pace isn’t much faster (12 minute miles last night) but I’m running farther than ever before.  For the past two weeks, I’ve cranked up my runs from 2 to 3 miles each time to 4 to 5 miles each time.  And, my lungs are tolerating the longer runs better than the shorter runs. This is news worthy because every article I’ve read about exercise-induced asthma says that the worst sport you could pick for this type of asthma is long distance running.  They always recommend swimming because of the ‘moist air.’  Baloney.  I’m going to take this as far as I can and prove them all wrong.  It took me 2 years to be able to run this far, and it might take me another 5 years to run a full marathon, but mark my words:  I’m going to do it.  And I won’t be wearing a skirt when I do.   I’ll keep you posted.

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