Eff you, asthma!



I don't know if I've ever mentioned it here before, but I have asthma. Since I started running, it's gotten a lot better, but every now and then it acts like that psycho ex-lover you have and just shows up unannounced.

That day for me was yesterday. I think it was a combination of the long distance, dehydration and extremely cold air, but late in my run, I felt my chest tighten up in that old familiar embrace.

Hugs are nice. Internal hugs from your lungs suck. No really... they suck- the air out of you.

Unfortunately, I didn't recognize it for what it was, and I just pushed through it by doing run/walk intervals for a few miles. And I finished the (brutally hard) 20 mile run.

It wasn't until I got home that I realized what was going on... mostly because I could HEAR the wheezing without my music pumping. I hit my inhaler hard and stole a breathing treatment from my son. Nada. Took a steam bath. Nada.

All night and into today, nada nada nada. Just a scary feeling of not being able to catch my breath. I'm all for playing hard to get, but NOT with my breath. Sheesh.

I finally got some liquid albuterol from my doc... and voila. About an hour ago, I was finally able to take a deep breath.

I have 2 weeks to get this under control. 2 weeks to relax and just breathe. And 2 weeks to remember that LA is at sea level- thank you God for that...
7 Responses
  1. CewTwo Says:

    Take care, Ali...
    With a lot of us runners, it can always be one thing more that we don't need in our lives.
    But in the long run (hehehe), it is so worth it! The freedom of the run, the mental preparation, the respect for the distance, the knowledge that you can do it... Then something happens. Do what you can to alleviate it! And remember what it is so next time, you can take that internal 'hug' and defeat it much sooner!
    God luck, good training and good success in LA!


  2. Doug W Says:

    You're gonna rock LA! Take care of yourself and have a great taper with lots of ACTIVE rest and focus on quality workouts. Love!


  3. Maddy Says:

    Glad to hear the albuterol worked for you and you were able to get a deep breath. I can only image the frustration. And I would think it's a little scary too.

    Take care of yourself sister!

    You're gonna kill it in LA


  4. kat Says:

    Glad the medicine worked in the end,take care.


  5. have you considered a longer-acting beta-agonist or steroid before the race? to prevent an attack? (obviously, keep the short-acting albuterol with you on the run)? Maybe ask your doc. Good Luck at LA .. you're 1 lung will still whup my 2 lungs!


  6. Tanya Says:

    Glad the meds helped. You will do great in LA!


  7. Glenn Jones Says:

    I'm with Doc. My son took singulair daily for many years to control his asthma. Allowed him to work himself up pretty highly on the athletic ladder...

    Hope to see you in L.A.!