I was talking to a friend today and we where talking about our health. She is actually a friend of the family and also a co-worker, small world. So, as we where talking, somehow we ended up on the whole athlete and asthma thing. She was under the impression that, just because I am so active, asthma was not affecting my training or racing. Sadly, that is not true. It is affecting me so much that I find it debilitating at times. Good thing is that I was in really good athletic shape before the first asthma symptoms crept up on me. In the endurance department, I have gained a lot of cardiovascular capability and I am able to, somewhat, operate on below normal lung function. Now, do not get me wrong, I will not choose a walking pace that starts taxing my lungs. They will complain when I do. As a result, there are days when I am disappointingly unable to train or race like I would want too. However, its like anything else, there are good days and bad days.
So just about the end of the conversation it hit me, in my future races, will I persevere too the finish or quite during the race if my health deteriorates? That is the big question. It would be great if we where talking about a blister or whatever. I have walked though some serious blisters with little problem and they healed. I have had leg cramps and with tested nutrition, that is not much of a problem either. I guess to answer the question is, yes, I will stop if my lungs go crazy. I would be disappointed because of all the training I put into the race, but it would be better than being in the ER. Plus, this stuff is for fun and not worth dying for. There are other races and other chances to finish. I pretty sure I will make the marathon, but if I feel bad before or during the race, I think it would be best to stop.