Couch to 5K Plan and Asthma


I’ve always loved to run. Sprinting to be more specific.

I’ve always HATED any kind of distance runs. I was never good at the 1 mile run in elementary school but I was good at sprinting.

I even did track during 8th grade. After a whole season of running I still couldn’t do a mile run without stopping to catch my breath. I did the 100m and 200m dashes which I loved.

I just don’t have the endurance for any sort of distance runs.

Of course it doesn’t help that I have asthma.

I’m just glad I have a very mild type of asthma and not a more severe type. I’ve never had any major serious asthma attacks. I just get out of breath quicker than others. There were days where I could barely go up and down the stairs to the classroom in the basement of my graduate school building without feeling exhausted from trying to catch my breath.

I still have those days where I can’t go up 10 steps without feeling out of breath. I tend to ignore it and most people don’t notice until I start wheezing or I say something. I usually hide it pretty good on a daily basis except when I do things like hike a 14Ker. 😉

It has always bothered me that I don’t have the endurance for running. I have tried to start the Couch to 5K plan a few times over the past couple of years. I’ve never made it past the 4th week because I get bored with it and I get frustrated with the whole breathing issue. Right now I have one more run in week 4 then I get to move onto week 5.

I decided to be more serious about it this time around and switch things up a bit. I change my environment more often to spice things up (I do not run the same trail or path two days in a row). I also bought the Nike+ that syncs with my iTouch and it calculates the distance, speed, calories, etc. It even has a mini me (really cute!) who does tricks if I have a good run (the other day it did a victory dance and rode an unicycle). The Nike+ was exactly what I needed. I need to see my progress visually and I just love trying to outdo my last run in order to see what my mini me will do. I can even buy clothes for my mini me with the numbers of miles I run.

Most people who run set goals of distance and speed. My goal is simply to run a 5K without stopping. That is a major challenge for me. Some days I start wheezing after running for just 1 minute. I’m also hoping it’ll help me when we go to Colorado in January to snowboard…I do NOT want another mini asthma attack at top of the mountain like I had last year.

11 runs down, 16 more to go…to complete this workout program. I’m not sure if I will keep it up once I reach my goal or not. It depends on how much I enjoy it. I just want to prove to myself that I can run a 5K without stopping.

Today was probably the first day out of all 11 runs that I felt like I didn’t have asthma while I was running. So much of it depends on the weather too. It was one of those rare runs where I have an idea of what it’s like to not have asthma. One of my best runs so far too. 🙂

1 thought on “Couch to 5K Plan and Asthma

  1. Go you! You're gonna pass week 4 with flying colors!I hate distance running/endurance running too. We used to have to do mile runs for vball conditioning and no matter how good of a shape I was in, I'd still end up towards the back of the pack. But everything else – jump training, pushing pickup trucks, sitting on the wall…. I'd be up near the top.See ya at week 9! 😉

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