Watch out Canada

To celebrate reaching my 64th year despite crippling asthma, and to satisfy an itch for getting out there one more time, I’ll soon be wiggling my ass again on a race course…. this time in Canada. My body is too wrecked to attempt another full marathon, so I searched the continent looking for a worthwhile […]

The do- another- race verdict is in.

After spending the last several months testing the waters to see how my body and lungs might react to doing another race, the verdict is finally in. Assuming I can work out some nagging foot issues…..I’m going for it! On Oct 14th, with my lung function the lowest its ever been, I hope to attempt […]

A feasibility walk is now feasible

Im a happy camper in this photo, because today I completed my first feasibility walk. It was only a 2.5 mile walk, but I tolerated it reasonably well without a break. Assuming I don’t have any setbacks, I should be able to complete the rest of these test walks and render an opinion within a […]

Yes, I still walk

Found these in my closet today. Sure brings back a lot of memories, mostly good ones. They were my very first pair of race walking shoes that I purchased 12 years ago while training for my first full marathon. They’re a little beat up and don’t have much tread left on them now, but I […]

I almost forgot who I am

I’m so much more than just the quirky little dude with bad lungs. I’m the original badass asthmatic. I made the words “fitness” and “lung disease” sound cool together. Im the first and only person with really severe asthma ever to finish the Boston marathon. Not once…but 3 times. Im also one who doesn’t gets […]

I feel like I got run over by a truck

Im sure you’ve heard the expression “I feel like I was run over by a truck” to describe the aftermath of a really bad asthma exacerbation or some other aliment. Ive used it several times myself in my blog posts, but this time around Im not using it as an expression, I actually did get […]

Music Therapy

With it becoming more and more difficult for me to exercise as much as would like to, Ive gradually begun to fill some of that time void with music practice. More specifically, playing the bass. Both of these activities have become an increasingly important part of my life the past few years, providing a welcome […]

Don’t forget the upper body!

If you’ve spent much time reading my blog, you’ve probably figured out that Im a huge promoter of daily exercise for people with lung disease. My favorite fitness activity of course, is distance walking. Aerobic exercise such as walking, uses large muscle groups to move at a steady, rhythmic pace. It’s an excellent way to […]

Contraband Teddy

A new take on the old file in the cake scheme. They kept confiscating my inhalers during a recent hospitalization, so by partner Douglas came up with this ingenious camouflage. An inhaler inside a stuffed teddy bear. I understand the rationale of not wanting patients to bring their personal medications into the hospital , but […]

Exercise like your life depends on it

Everyone knows how important daily exercise is for maintaining good health, but I believe this is even more true when you suffer from a chronic breathing disorder such as asthma or COPD. And I don’t make that claim lightly. For 10 years now, Ive demonstrated through my own example, what a positive impact aerobic exercise […]

Can smart peak flow meters help prevent asthma attacks?

As a person with life long chronic asthma, my exacerbations usually develop slowly, sometimes over several days affording me enough time to take some type of pre-preemptive measure. But last week I experienced an acute asthma attack that came on instantly and out of nowhere. At the time, we were in the sleepy little town […]

Survive an attack, register for a marathon

Makes sense to me…… Get really sick, spend time in the hospital, come home exhausted and depressed, and then immediately sign up to do a 26.2 mile foot race. But then again I’m probably not your typical chronic lunger. After finishing my 8th marathon back in 2011, I had basically shrugged off the notion of […]

6 times a day

I had planned to write a post about my nebulizer treatment routine, but then I thought what the heck… I’ll just video it! The point Im trying to make in the clip, is that the daily nebbing routine for many of us is a lot more time consuming than one would think. Managing asthma, COPD, […]