We decided to stick with a parkway closer to her and work with a 5 mi route I hoped was accurate (OCD runners need exact miles!) P-funk and Beks came along for the festivities as well.
Tuesday’s workout: 5 mile run
We chatted, and laughed, and sweat….a lot. Each traffic ‘pause’ was time to stretch and catch our breath. We actually did really well pace-wise so seeing a couple of minutes drop off from last week’s run time (same day of the week) was pretty stellar 😉
Today I decided to write something I’ve been getting a lot of questions about: Running while I have asthma.
I never like to use it as a ‘crutch’ or a reason to hinder anything, but it’s something I asked a lot about before I delved into more miles. It’s no fun, as to be expected, but it’s something I have to constantly be aware of so that I can successfully be fit and avoid an attack if and when at all possible. My body can sometimes go harder and push through, but I have to understand that my lil lungs aren’t so lucky in that respect (Plus – it’s not cute to see a chick run and then have a breathing issue bring her down…no bueno for race photos!)
1) Don’t go out the gate too fast!
When I did the Gasparilla 15k, that’s what I did and it messed me up the whole race. I tended to do this a lot in the beginning of my running journey, not too smart of Kat. My body takes time to get its cadence with my breathing, so I have to start out slower rather than faster…warming up is crucial. As I feel okay and leveled off with my breathing (in through the nose, out through the mouth for the most part) I feel I can increase speed steadily. If you go out too fast and don’t warm up as an asthmatic runner, you can trigger a bronchial spasm or an actual asthma attack that takes much longer to get over than just warming up would have taken. No need to compromise your breathing!