Saturday, August 17, 2013

Asthma Sucks!

Thought I was just about done with this thing!

11 weeks to go until the Monumental and what I had hoped to be a bounce back to good training was short lived.  After writing my last blog post, I was able to get back on track and get a good training week in. Unfortunately it took a turn for the worse after that.

For the ones that know me, you know that I have fought asthma most of my life. But since I have been running, my battles with asthma had been very few as I got in better shape. This past week was a shocking reminder that it is still a part of my life. My whole family got hit by some sort of chest cold and it hit me particularly hard. I was suddenly back to using an inhaler as it caused my chest to tighten and fill with gunk as I was constantly trying to cough it up. I attempted to run with it a few times but it was nothing but hacking and being out of breath. If you have asthma then you know this is a horrible feeling. Being sick also affected my energy levels and just my overall mood which didn't exactly help me get up in the mornings to run.

I am still fighting through it and have just about kicked it though.  Tuesday was the first time in over a week that I didn't have to use an inhaler before or after my run. It wasn't the perfect run but I will take it at this point. I was also able to get in a good tempo run and an 18 mile run today in 2:30 which is faster than I have ever ran 18 before.  As my buddy Dave would say #beatasthma!

I also have the Iron Horse Half Marathon in 9 weeks which I am really looking forward to.  Not only is it rated one of the top half marathons in the country, but my father is racing with me.  It is in Midway, Kentucky and the course has some very scenic rolling hills around the horse farms in the area.  Hopefully training continues to progress and I am able to PR this half along with IMM!