Life after Racewalking School

Not much has changed on the walking front since my racewalking debut last Saturday. I’m still walking the same course in nearly the same manner with maybe just a bit more flare. I think I had this crazy notion, that after I took racewalking lessons, I’d somehow be out there racing all over the place. […]

Why I walk

One of the UCSF Clinical Research Fellows, ( my favorite one actually ), called me last night as part of my monthly research follow up. After we got done with the question and answers, I mentioned to her that I was thinking of take racewalking lessons. At first I don’t think she understood what I […]

Report card for Feb 25th 2006

Its been two full months since my last asthma hospitalization and almost a full month since my last prednisone taper.( knock on wood) I’ve been doing pretty good on just the nebs and the puffers. This time of year ( Feb- April), Im usually at my healthiest. So over the next few weeks , I […]

Racewalking? I must be crazy

Slow racewalker…… a contradiction in terms? , an oxymoron? Leave it to me to pick up a sport and modify it for my own physical limitations. If I do that, is it still considered racewalking? Who ever heard of a seasoned slow-racewalker? Even if you’re not into it for the competition, this particular walking style […]

I look too Healthy

I get this all the time……… “You look so healthy” “You don’t look like you have a disability” “You can walk farther then I can” “You look amazingly fit for someone with severe asthma” “You make marathon walking look so easy”, and so on, and so on…. I usually take it as a compliment, but […]

Got the Medal !

After 3 and a half long months of complaining to everyone on the planet, the race promoter of the US HALF Marathon in San Francisco, finally made good on his promise to send me ( us) our medals. We earned the symbol of accomplishment just like everyone else who received theirs at the finish line. […]

New aches and pains.

Seems that the quest for improved walking efficiency has brought with it some new aches and pains. Yesterday’s walk included a little more racewalking technique than it usually does. I focused primarily on knee straightening , foot rolling and to a lesser degree, hip rotation. Not surprisingly, today my ankle and lower back are quite […]

Back in the green and back in the groove

Only took me four days to recover from last weekend’s 13 miler AND.. my breathing is back to baseline ! I probably could of got out yesterday but, I didn’t want to push my luck. Today’s jaunt was more of a self-analysis session than a power walk . Im trying to figure out ways to […]

A yellow streak?

I’m back in the yellow! Had to happen to sooner or later I guess. I was on a green streak for quite a few days, so I guess Im overdue. (God forbid I should go an entire month without getting sick.) I just wish this wouldn’t happen 4 days before a scheduled 13 mile walk. […]

Yesterdays Pulmonary Function Tests

This is the actual spirometry results from my appt yesterday. They do these PFT screening tests on me about every 3 months. Over the past 12 months, they worsened only slightly. The good news is that the rate of declined has slowed since I began walking. If the above looks like gibberish to you, it […]

Taking care of Asthma business

About every 8 weeks I have a bunch of asthma business that I need to take care of. I have to get in my “asthma patient mode” and focus on being a good asthma patient. I also like to get into my ” respiratory therapist role”, so that I can sound very knowledgeable about my […]

Are you a hardcore asthmatic ?

Hey, are there any other moderate to severe persistent asthmatics out there? I was thinking it would be interesting to hear from other people who have to take prednisone on a frequent basis. Id like to know if others experience steroid psychosis the way I do. I know from years of working with asthmatics and […]

A crystal ball for walking

I totally missed the mark on today’s walk. Started off feeling great but, 2 miles into it, I could feel myself breath stacking ( the inability to fully exhale before taking the next breath) That, plus my body was really overheating . My shins were killing me and I generally felt like crap. I had […]