I Had to Stop Using Asthma as a Crutch

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Since 2007, I have always had an excuse for not running, jogging, exercising, etc.  I have asthma.  “Hey guys, I can’t run, I have asthma.”  So I haven’t really done much running in the years since.  Asthma was always my safe spot; a place I could go to let myself off the hook for not doing more.  I wouldn’t even try to jog or run unless someone else was sort of pushing me to and even then I wouldn’t really try very hard.  I was just lazy and didn’t want to run and I just so happened to have a handy dandy get out of jail free card.  After years of starting and quitting workout routines, I wanted to try to do more.  I was getting sick of buying larger sized clothes and feeling uncomfortable and always having to adjust something or other that I was wearing to make it more flattering.  And this isn’t to say everyone should look a certain way, these are my personal feelings.  Also, I’m not looking to be thin; just less jiggly.  This isn’t something that will happen for me if I keep leaning on asthma.  So I decided to do something about that.

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In August, at  30 1/2 years of age, I decided to get out and start jogging just to see how it went.  I started with Couch to 5k.  Run, walk, run, walk.  I was going on my own three times a week, eventually being super proud once I got to week five and was able to run for 20 minutes straight. It was nice to get out into the open air and just go.  I realized after awhile that it just takes a bit for me to get my breath under control but once it is, I’m good!

This was inspired by my sister in law Janae.  She asked me last year if I wanted to try to do a half marathon with her and I was all Pssssshhhhhh!  Squirrel please!  So she went ahead and started training.  She ran on her own and she ran with a group early on Saturday mornings.  This went on for months!  She started training in June and the half Marathon was in October.  When she crossed the finish line, I was so happy for her and proud of her and wished I would have tried to do it as well. A few months later she brought up running a 10k, The Race on the Base.  So we started running, 3 miles, then 4, …we trained for it 3 days a week.  Having a goal with an actual date really helped get me all together y’all.  I’ve always done better (at life in general) when someone is holding my feet to the fire.

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I’ve always HATED running but I have come around to liking it a lot more.  I can leave my apartment and just pick a direction and go, which is freeing, gets the blood flowing and since I get up at the butt-crack of dawn to run, it’s nice to start out my day that way.

I ran my first 10k ever on Saturday, February 27th, my last day as a 30 year-old.  It was slow and hard but I managed to run the entire time without stopping to walk or take breaks which is a huge big deal for me.  It usually takes me a little more than a mile to get my breathing under control, another to kind of get into the groove but on that day!  Y’all, I hit mile 4 and was on a roll!  We had to be finished in under one hour and thirty minutes.  I finished at 1:19.  So it was pretty slow but running through the finish line felt GREAT.  I did it!  I’m proud of myself.  We are still making a point to get out and run a couple of days a week.  I don’t want to lose it!  Anywho, that’s my story.  Hope you enjoyed!

 

P.S. I want to thank Janae for getting me off my butt, and Rupaul, Beyonce, No Doubt, and Janelle Monae for the motivational music during the race.  Pow!

 

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