A few years ago my partner and I decided we’d “become runners.”
Now, I’m not sure what exactly we thought needed to be accomplished in order to move from not runners to “runners.” But for some reason it felt as though we needed to more than just run. Part of it, I think, was lacking spandex. So we bought running tights and sports bras and tight shirts that would keep us warm in cold weather and breathe well enough to keep us cool in hot weather.
We also had ourselves properly sized for shoes. And we bought headbands and water bottles we could strap across our waists as we ran. We watched track and field on the television and googled the world record time for a marathon.
And then, we ran.
Only, when my partner went for her first run in the cold and came back minutes later, short of breath. Asthma, something she has been dealing with since she was a child, made running what she says “a million times harder.”
For all the equipment we had bought and all the marathons we had watched on television, it took one hundred meters of actual running before she experienced breathing problems and realized that without making sure she had more control over her asthma, our family running days would be limited.
That didn’t mean she couldn’t run though. After realizing her asthma would hinder her running she consulted with our family physician to discuss the activity-induced asthma and they came up with a solution that would help her breathe as she trained her way to longer distances.
Since then, my partner has continued to run, asthma and all, and last year she ran her first 15-kilometre race. I’ve gone on to run two marathons and three half marathons with hundreds of runs in between that don’t count because I didn’t have an official chip time on any of them.
Sometimes injuries happen as they do with any sport. Some mornings we don’t want to get out of bed to run because warm sheets are filled with magic powers.
But the point is, we can run now. We have “become runners.”
Whether you’re looking to become a runner or just looking to learn more about asthma in your life, 30 seconds is a short amount of time to take to get a better look on your own level of asthma control. Take the test and share the results with your doctor, your family and friends.
The question in the 30 second asthma test that really helped us make changes to our active lifestyle was “do you stop exercising because of your asthma?”
I love running and the running community because there is no “right way” to run. You go outside or you step on a treadmill and move. Maybe you move fast, maybe you move slow. Maybe you run some then walk some and maybe you mostly sprint faster than I can fathom. The point is, you do it. You don’t do it well and you don’t do it poorly. You do it.
Asthma through a little hill into the course we chose to run down but asthma didn’t stop my partner from continuing. So now, years after we decided to run we still do it, sometimes running long distances and sometimes just running around the block with our daughters. It is fun and it is something we will continue to do.