Hi Everyone! Its Friday already! I am still trying to figure out were the week went.
Health – I am back to normal for the most part. My sinuses are giving me some trouble and I doing my best to win the battle.
Asthma and Marathons – I have thinking about this a whole bunch. If it was up to me, I would strive to have 10 marathons under my belt before I hit 50 years of age. Why, because there is something appealing about it. I like the feeling of accomplishment that it gives me. I like the battle between me and 26.2 miles. I like that I can play race strategy and execute a well thought out plan. I love that I can share this sport with my sister and have something we can do together.
Unfortunately, there is another side to this story, which is my asthma. The last two weeks have been not so great. Yes, I was sick because of doing a marathon. I have been told by numerous people that I should stop doing them and focus on my health. If you read last weeks Friday Ramblings, I kind of ranted about this. Yes, I am still thinking about it because the subject keeps being brought up.
I realize that people care about me and I truly appreciate it. Plus, I am listening, believe it or not. That is why I am going to talk to my pulmonologist about what we could do to make being an athlete better for me. I will also have the discussion that I dread, rather what I am doing is hurting my lungs or not. I have a pretty good idea why my lungs went crazy. For one, marathons are very stressful on the whole body. Plus, the extended duration of the event, increase of blood flow and oxygen intake, hyper irritated my lungs to a point that my controller meds could not counter it. Interesting part of this is, why does it take three days to surface? Both marathons ended up being this way.
Going back to what I said last week, should I just let my asthma tell me what to do? Don’t get me wrong, I do listen to my body. I know that it is hard for some to believe, but I do. Many times during my training for the marathons last year, I stopped training because I had that feeling that my lungs could not take it. Sadly, I made that decision even though missing training would not be helpful. That is why I am having so much trouble with overuse injures. Frankly, I am playing catch-up all the time and I am unable to put in the appropriate base miles. Putting in the proper base mileage is crucial for an injury free marathon and training. I have a lot to learn.
Should I quit the big mileage events? Sadly, it would break my heart if I have to. I want to stop on my terms and not on asthma terms. I am having a great time and just don’t want to retire yet from this distance or beyond.
Well, enough with the ranting. I should start calling this post “Friday Ranting”.
I wish everyone a great weekend and Be Well!!!