After a totally fine day breathing, my lungs decided to flip gears for the night — of course, right before my 5K training walk today, right? I’m walking my second 10K race on September 24th, and unlike last year, I kind of want to train for it this time. Make myself feel more like the kinesiology student that I am. I’ve been working out lately with relatively little issue in the way of my asthma [which is much more touchy and frustrating than I ever would have imagined when I was diagnosed.]

So I slept off-and-on and found myself wandering around the house for an inhaler at 2:26 am. Who can really be bothered to find their inhaler that is around their bed in the dark when they know where the one in the kitchen is? And so it continued like that, waking up randomly, needing the inhaler again at 5:45. By 9 AM I was tired of fighting it and did a breathing treatment and then attempted to go on with my day. You know, and do a 5K at 11:30. Hey, I already feel bad, might as well just go, right?

Danielle and I kinda slowly meandered our way around for 5K. It took us nearly an hour and fifteen minutes — completely the fault of my lungs. But, hey, it’s done. We had a good talk. Chased it with a breathing treatment and a freezie [every summer I work at a daycare, I get addicted to freezies. Happened in ’09, happened again this year], then some Starbucks a few hours later. If I was by myself, it would have been so much harder. So, there’s definitely something for being on a “team” of sorts — so far, having a training partner has been awesome.

I’m crazy tired now and it’s not even 6 PM, but hey, at least I didn’t just waste another day! As irony would have it, the MedicAlert bracelet I ordered last week arrived today — with perfect timing in the ironic way of this being the worst breathing days I’ve had in about two months [dude, so I’m not cured? Dang it], but also that I’m off to Chicago and Minneapolis next week (and hoping this flare breaks before then!)

I’m hoping I don’t have to fight my lungs all week, but either way I’m looking forward to getting back on the road!

6 thoughts on “slowest ever 5K

  1. Hey at least you finished and you aren’t in the ER (yet *fingers crossed*) that is success in a lot of people’s books :). Sending happy lung vibes your way :).

    1. Thanks Kat. Having one of those evenings where I’m just so effing frustrated with this stupid disease. I can’t figure out WHY I feel bad, so that’s adding to the fire — especially with a weekend away AND a trip looming.
      I know you’ve been having a rough time yourself, hang in there.

    1. Better today but still a bit breathless on exertion. I’m gonna blame hurricane Irene, though completely unrelated. That thing is vicious, my friends on the East coast are having to prep or evacuate, its scary.
      Anyway, can’t figure out what’s causin’ the flare but hope to be back to normal Monday.

      1. Feel better soon! Hate it when I have a random ‘no apparent reason’ flare. Frustrating. *hugs* Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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