Hello all! I am 20, and somewhat in shape (though not as much as I would like to be), but ever since I was a young girl, I have had chronic and exercised induced asthma. Cold, winter air makes it much more difficult to breathe, and I have allergies that bother me in most of the months that aren't cold. I do take medication, and all of this is under control for most things I would do- including marching band in the fall and swing dancing multiple times every week. In high school, I played soccer and basketball, and aside from the occasional asthma attack, my lungs could handle the exercise.
I've never seriously tried to run just for the sake of running. Well, maybe a few times, but mostly I've always just used my asthma as an excuse. I would tell people that I can't
I have asthma. I actually did try to run a 5k once. I gave my inhaler to a friend to carry for some reason, and I ended up falling behind her, not being able to breathe, almost passing out due to lack of oxygen, walking most of the way, and almost giving up in the middle. And It was only a 5k! I couldn't keep up with my 60 year old band director! It was really frustrating to me to physically be unable to do something as simple as running. It made me mad at myself that such a silly thing as my lungs could hold me back. Yet instead of taking this as a motivator that I would push myself and not take no for an answer, I decided to even more adamantly refuse to run, to avoid it at all costs, and to keep using my asthma as an excuse to anyone who ever brought up running.
I want to run.
I've decided to finally take control of this and learn to deal with my health issues and work around them. I want to push myself and train my body (lungs) to deal with the increased stress of a run. I don't want to make any more excuses. I don't want to be held back by anything.So here's the plan.
I'm going to do intervals of walking and running, starting with long periods of walking and short periods of running, and each week I want to increase the running time and decrease the walking time until I can run for a long(ish) period of time with no walking breaks in the middle. I think I want to follow this plan
, but I'm not entirely sure. I also read somewhere that if you have asthma, a good way to work up to a good solid block of running is to set an easy time target and complete that with mixed running and walking- not necessarily in any set pattern, but running until your chest tightens and then walking until it's better- working up to completing that time purely with running. I like this idea because there's not as much pressure to run a certain amount right off the bat, but I feel like I would be less motivated to actually run it through if I had no real timeframe. Does anyone have any input on either of these?Today:
I intended on doing the week one walk 6 min, run 1, 3x, but I misread it and ended up walking 7 min, and running 1. Sortof. After the first round, I felt that I could handle running for more than 1 minute at a time, so I ran for 2 minute intervals after the first one! And I entirely misjudged the fact that I need to get back to my starting point so I ended up throwing in another rep at the end. I suck at this.
Ended up with a total of 2.3 miles in 38 minutes. Each interval of running got slooooooower. But it's a start!