In the past when I would jog, it would be on a treadmill. That made it too easy to just stop when I started to feel like I was going too far.
When we moved into the city in February, and we started jogging together over the summer, I felt like I could just never get my breathing right. We would take off and I would go for a little bit and I just couldn’t catch my breath. I know when your heart rate is up, and you’re pushing yourself, a workout isn’t going to be easy.
It really hit me something was off when my smoker husband ran the entire downtown Indianapolis canal, barely stopping. I could barely make it a minute. In fact, before recent events, I timed how long I could go before feeling like I couldn’t breathe. It was 55 seconds.
I found out my dad had to use an inhaler when he worked out and I proofed an article for a friend a few months ago on her exercise induced asthma. It motivated me to go to the doctor and sure enough, she thought it was a possibility. She said the only real way to know was to test it and prescribed me an inhaler.
That was just over two weeks ago and I’ve seen quite an improvement since. Some days are better than others, but I can go a bit longer now before feeling totally out of breath. And once I stop, it isn’t impossible to catch it. Before the inhaler, I could really only go for that minute or two and then it was so hard to catch my breath. I couldn’t. There was one time my chest was so tight, on fire and hard to breathe. With the inhaler, I don’t think I’ll have that problem anymore.
I’m still working to understand what’s a normal pain and what’s over-doing it. I’m slowly learning, but I’m excited to get out there and try. Do I like it? No, not really. But headphones help. The inhaler helps. The other runners and joggers help. I can do this.