This morning my goal was to run at least 10k. With just 5 weeks until Seawheeze, I need to keep my training on schedule. Unfortunately the weather had other plans for me and I did not make it past 3k. I stepped outside around 8:30am and although it didn’t feel that hot, as soon as I started running the humidity triggered my asthma and made it difficult to get into a comfortable breathing rhythm. I tried to take walk breaks, and run really slowly, but nothing was working. I just wasn’t going to run today.
I have had asthma since I was 4 years old and I’ve experienced my fair share of asthma attacks, therefore I will do everything humanly possible to avoid having one. If you’ve never had an asthma attack, just imagine being stuck in a sauna with thick hot air until it becomes impossible to breath…then times that by 10. Luckily for me, I have not had an asthma attack for many years, and I largely contribute my improved lung function to running and regular exercise! The only time I have to take my Ventolin puffer is right before I head out for a run.
Walking home from my run, I was actually surprised how not dejected I felt. I actually felt ok with the fact that I cut my run short and proud of myself for putting my health first before performance. In that moment, I decided I would dedicate today to being proud of what I CAN do, rather than what I can’t do. I can run 21.1k without stopping when there’s no humidity in the air, so why should I be upset that I can only run 3k when the weather isn’t right? Missing one training run isn’t going to derail all the hard work I’ve put into training for the Seawheeze Half-Marathon, and my friend Joanne says the weather in BC is actually perfect right now so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for clear skies on August 10th!
The lessons I am learning as a runner continue to amaze me. I know that two or three years ago, I would have been very upset at myself for not completing my run, but today I just came home to my (hot!) apartment, rolled out my yoga mat, and got sweaty with the Seawheeze yoga practice. I am lucky to be a runner, and I don’t ever take that for granted, even on days when I can’t run.