Friday, December 29, 2006

Trying to Run

I am trying to run and it is not working out. The reason is the breathing. The breathing is bad, as I have stated before it feels like I am drowning. Today while I was retching at the top of the last hill an analogy popped into my head.

My lungs feel as though there is a layer of swamp mud settled at the bottom of them. Running up hills disturbs the mud and sets me to fits of coughing to dislodge it. After two or three episodes the foul matter is removed and I breath much easier.

I have decided running is sub 8:00 miles. If I can finish my three miles under 24:00 that would be good. A goal even. I read a description that the difference between a runner and a jogger was racing. This is probably true, if it is then I will remain a jogger for some time to come.

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Blogger Charlie Blockhead said...

It's much easier to run when someone is chasing you. Just harder to do it on a daily basis... good luck and Happy New year!

9:55 PM EST  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Have you talked to your doctor about this? Been tested for asthma? I have a friend whose asthma is stress-induced: it only evidences when she exercises. Doesn't prevent her exercising - just means she takes a shot of her inhaler first. And then, see, she can exercise and breathe, all at the same time!!!

8:06 AM EST  
Blogger Arwen said...

I live in Asheville, NC which has a couple of hills. I have stopped thinking about running up the hill (although Kate Bush melodies sometimes pop into my head while a charge hills) but instead I see myself at the top and then I am there. I can't jog hills, I have to charge hills. But, since I have IT band injuries, going up a hill is a lot easier than going down for me.
PS - I am a jogger...not a runner.

7:39 PM EST  
Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

Hopefully, you feel your lungs are getting stronger though. And a positive, jogging is much better than just laying there. Hang in there.

4:25 PM EST  

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