Submission to the ING Miami Marathon & Half Marathon Blog
Today, I sent an application to participate as a blogger for the ING Miami Marathon & Half Marathon. Here is the article I submitted:
I am a runner. I am a marathoner. But I have asthma too. And although being both a runner and an asthmatic is not mutually exclusive, it makes training much harder.
A little bit of history. Although I've always suspected I had asthma, I was not diagnosed until last September, while training for the New York City Marathon. When I was attempting a 22 miler in Key Biscayne and after having an asthma attack atop the bridge, I decided to get this issue resolved once and for all. The medication and treatment the doctor gave me did not seem to help and I had a big asthma attack at Mile 16 of the New York City Marathon and finished my fourth marathon as my second worst time. I switched specialists and started treatment with a different medication. Things seemed to improved.
I live in Miami and I have two asthma triggers, humidity and dustmite allergy. It is funny that I was raised in one of the most humid areas in the world (the Caribbean) and live in one that sometimes feel like a swamp. But I have a sense of humor so I continue pushing on even while my lungs feel like they are swimming instead of running.
I have always been a slow runner, but the asthma has delayed my progress much more. While the ING New York City Marathon was my attempt at breaking 4:30, which is a soft time for me pre-asthma, and the ING Miami Marathon was my second attempt at that goal, I have failed to accomplish that, but still continue. My progress has been slow and I am far from my Personal Record times which were from last Summer. But I run my 50-70 miles per week, I do strength training, I try to do speedwork (although sometimes, those workouts need to be postponed or canceled due to the asthma). And with the ING Miami Marathon, I finished my seventh marathon, the fourth in three months. So, for those out there experiencing the same, do not give up.
I know there are other runners with asthma out there and I hope my experience will help others in their quest to find the right balance between running and asthma.