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I have been asking myself this question quite a bit lately. I have been having a LOT of trouble running the last few months. Ironically, I am breathing better and the bronchials are much less irritated than they have been in a couple of years. So, now I am scared to run too much. I want too, but....<br><br>
So today I had a checkup with my allergist/asthma doc. It was a 6 months checkup. This is amazing really. I have not gone this long (or anywhere near it) without seeing an asthma doc for 3 years now. So, this was exciting to me <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> lol.. the little things in life. Anyway, doc confirmed that I'm breathing much better... & then he says - how is the running going? I say uh, uh... not good. He tells me it is very important that I keep running - its good for you, you're young & healthy.... blah, blah, blah.. so that's when I realized, I'm scared again, and I'm giving into this asthma thing again. grrr But I am thankful for one thing, that I picked this doc who is a runner to be my asthma doc. He doesn't stop at being a little well, but wants me to REALLY be well. Gotta love that. My next appointment is in 1 year.. however, he told me to come back if the running problems continue.<br><br>
So I've made a decision, I'm going to start the running program again, start from the beginning, slow & easy - build my base again.<br><br>
Thanks to those of you who have read this. I know it is terribly frustrating to watch my rollercoaster ride & continue to give me support and advice. Thank you for being there, your support means more than you can ever know.
 

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Hi Rindaroo! Glad your asthma is getting better. Good luck on getting started running again. Larry
 

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As an asthmatic I can say that running has completely changed my life. I never ran a mile in my life before 4 years ago at age 36 and now I'm addicted. However without my current meds I don't know where I'd be. It's been amazing to see my lung capacity grow from 70% or something to over 100%.<br>
Not to mention the decrease in resting heart rate etc.<br>
The only advice I have is to always start out slow...and pretty much stay slow. And if you just don't have it one day, just bail and go another day.
 

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I haven't been posting because I haven't been running. I'm not asthmatic though, so I don't know if my thoughts here will apply. I'm seeing my physical therapist today about my right leg, and maybe I'll know once and for all if the hamstring is torn and what to do about it. It's been over a month now. I was so happy when I first started back to running consistently back in November. Maybe I shouldn't even say "back to running consistently" because I had never been this consistent in the past. And now I'm off again, due to injury. This is almost too depressing to post.
 

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Linda you are such an inspiration. Keep at it and don't get discouraged. Anything you do is better then couch sitting. Lucky you for having such a supportive Doc.
 

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..your New Mantra.......<br><br><a class="nuwiki_new_link" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/nuwiki.php?s=dfb6702afae07895246fbc9389e2663a&do=show&f=&title=%5B%5B%5B%5B%5B%5B%5B%5BRRRRRUUUUUNNNNNFFOORRRTTTTIIIIMMMMEEEE">[[[[[[[[RRRRRUUUUUNNNNNFFOORRRTTTTIIIIMMMMEEEE</a>]]]]]]]]]
 

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TomWhite has a good mantra Linda! Listen to him - he's know what he talks about most of the time . . . <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"><br><br>
You will get there Linda - it's a slow and patience-filled process, but you'll get there. I think it's smart that you are starting back at square one - building up again and going back to the basics.
 

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Rindaroo=Persistence in the face of adversity.<br>
You will triumph! You are an inspiration. You know we are all pulling for you.
 

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Linda, GO FOR IT and start running again. Your experience sounds very similar to mine.<br><br>
I have had lifelong asthma that has gotten worse with age and I continue to manage it and probably always will have to be on some sort of medication. I've been hospitalized several times for asthma. Some days are great, some days just suck, but that's the nature of the beast, eh?<br><br>
The Galloway Method (run/walk) really helped me build up the lung capacity and endurance. It took me a very long time (almost a year) to be able to run 1 mile non stop. I kept catching colds and coughing my lungs out (another side effect of asthma, as many people out there have experienced).<br><br>
Like <b>iapetus</b>, I had bad lung capacity (68%) but I am up to 90% now (yeehah!), and the Galloway Method has enabled me to achieve my dream of completing a marathon.<br><br>
Like you, I also went on the difficult quest for a good doctor. My current doc (very nice lady who also encourages me to run) could not believe I ran a half marathon with 68% lung capacity. I have worked with her for 3 years now, trying different medications (oral and inhalant). It's been quite an experiment: some drugs did not work, another gave me blurry eyesight, one drug caused muscle aches, yet another drug caused me to gain a lot of weight <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> . All the drugs give me the jitters so it's hard to sleep at night. But I ran through it all and kept trying. No way was I gonna be dependent on a nebulizer! I refuse to be a victim!!!<br><br>
I go for a run as often as I can, and when everything works, it's great, but when it's an iffy day, I am just grateful for whatever I have that day because I'm still outside, breathing.
 

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......MOST of the Time??????
 

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(In case you did not see this in the daily thread, here's an answer to your request for a beginning runner's program)<br><br>
You can go to Jeff Galloway's website:<br><a href="http://www.jeffgalloway.com/" target="_blank">http://www.jeffgalloway.com/</a><br><br>
Also, the training program in this book is excellent for beginners (I have used this when I was at 68% lung capacity, so I know this works):<br><br><b>Runner's World Complete Book of Women's Running: The Best Advice to Get Started, Stay Motivated, Lose Weight, Run Injury-Free, Be Safe, and Train for Any Distance - by Dagny Scott Barrios</b><br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=kickrunners-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FRunners-World-...%2Fdp%2F1579541186" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Runners-World-.../dp/1579541186</a><br><br>
Good luck, hang tough, if you really want to do it, you will always find a way.
 

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Thanks all! Wow on the improved lung function. Mine is actually good, but doc is saying if I don't run, it will decrease. My bronchials just get so irritated, so I'm thinking going slow will help.<br><br>
Drom - I looked at the galloway's website & I saw a 5K training program. Is this what you were talking about? I am still not ready for that. Originally, I learned to run from a 10 week program, which took things VERY slow.. starting 2 min run/2 min walk. I seemed to have misplace it, but searched for a 10 week program tonight & found one. It starts out 2 run/3 walk. So, think I'll try this.<br><br>
Thanks again <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Hi Rindaroo, I just wanted you to get a flavor of what Galloway is about, you can use the walk run method any way you want. Your plan of doing 2 min run/3 min walk is great! I started out at 1 min. run/1 min. walk (that's what the Runners World book had as the first week of beginning running).<br><br>
Definitely stay at that level until you feel ready to "graduate". The other thing about the Runners World beginning program mentions is to repeat the plan for the week until you feel ready. Sometimes the legs are ready but the lungs won't agree with them.<br><br>
Keep up the good work!
 

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Stay with us Linda. It can't be easy to have these setbacks but then we are all in this for the 'long haul' whether it be a walk/run for a mile or a 20 miler at a 7.30pace. We all stick together!
 

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Linda,<br><br>
It sounds like you have a good doctor looking after you <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> You've always amazed me how you keep coming back.... I know it must be frustrating, but I would think the running would be good for you..... I hope you don't throw in the towel now.<br><br>
We all have our limits and we all have our setbacks and these limits and setbacks change within us as we age. I've found as I get older that I have to ignore what I've done in the past and what others are doing around me. I have learned the joys of slow running..... and discovered a slow mile is better than no mile<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Jim
 

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Keep at it Linda, as I've told you many many times, you're the poster girl for determination and inspiration. It's great to hear that your lung capacity and breathing are much better. A bunch of good advice here so far. Start slow, ease into it. I really enjoyed running in that 5K with you last Nov. and look forward to doing it again. Hey, aren't we due for another pizza lunch??<br><br>
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Ok, now I'm getting the itch to run! Guess this is what happens, when you run at the level you're actually at - instead of pushing yourself... now the key is to stick to the plan, so the bronchs don't get irritated.<br><br>
Drom - thank you so much. When I started running, I could only due 1 min run/1 min walk too. Then I found this running program & started it when I got to 2 minutes. I actually started on Tom White's mentor thread when I got to 3 minutes, cuz I couldn't figure out how to run 3 minutes at a time without dying... kinda seems funny now. My body just didn't know how to breathe right to run that much at a time. Tom gave me a technique that helped me to run slower and thats how I made it through the running program & actually got up to 5 miles at a time (before I got sick again 2 years ago). Its hard to believe I've spent the last 2 years with extremely irritated bronchials, so guess thats why I'm scared of re-irritating them. Anyway, thanks for your advice!!! Its nice to know someone started out the same as I did. I'm thinking it'll be easier this time, because I do know how to do this - but just need to remember slow & easy is good.. that's always a hard one for me.<br><br>
Jim - hey there! thanks!! Its sure hard to admit that you're at a decreased level isn't it? Sometimes, we just have to learn the hard way. Well, I know I do anyway. I've missed seeing you since I moved.<br><br>
Johnny - hey there! we always seem to be on the same wavelength as to those lunches. What about lunch at that other place we talked about? oh & what about Tammy? I'll have to PM you guys. Thanks about the running! you have been the voice of reason a number of times at & after those lunches. You probably don't think I'm listening, but I always am. Oh & that 5K was so much fun running with you! Really, that was the last time I really ran any decent distance - so guess it makes sense that I'm back to the beginning.... hard to admit though.
 
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