Steve – 9, Asthma—a big fat ZERO!

This might sound corny, but I feel like Ive just been reborn. On Oct 5th I finished my 9th marathon at the Portland Marathon. If you’ve been reading my updates, this was a scheme I had hatched while hospitalized back in July. I was feeling incredibly down at the time and was curious to see […]

Self Observations: Severe Asthma and Endurance walking

Ive been doing endurance walks now for about 10 years, and because of the severity of my lung disease, I often experience significant symptom exacerbations afterwards. Well something quite unexpected and encouraging has happened recently during the peak of this current training cycle, or should I say…didn’t happen! On 3 separate occasions over a 4 […]

Training update Aug 2014

Dang… I haven’t written one of the training updates in years. Trying to get in shape to do this race has been challenging to say the least. It’s been 3 years since Ive attempted something crazy like this and I almost forgot just how grueling it can be when you don’t have any functional lung […]

Plan B

Yesterday I completed my final “test” walk in a series of trial walks that started a month ago to see if training for a future marathon might be doable. The plan was to do the Portland marathon this October ( my 3rd time) and then hopefully obtain a qualifying time to enter Boston in 2014 […]

Training Complete!

Taking a short break during an 18 miler on the Golden Gate bridge to mug for the camera. Rather than rehash what Ive already been documenting on Dailymile for the last 4 months, I’ll just cut to the chase. I’ve successfully completed ALL of my training for my 3rd Boston marathon, BUT I’m not feeling […]

Boston training… off to a rough start

I knew that jumping into a marathon training regime on the heals of a methadone detox wasn’t gonna be easy, and boy was I right. These first few weeks have been really tough and I haven’t even gotten into the longer distances yet. It’s bad enough that Ive had to shorten my training schedule to […]

Running on empty

I actually had something else prepared for this weeks post, but since there’s a good chance I’ll be heading to the slammer shortly, I thought Id do a quick update on what’s been happening. If you’ve been watching my sidebar lately you probably noticed that my numbers have been all over the place. Ive been […]

When the Cows come home

…….Yeah, that’s just about the time I’ll be crossing the finish line at my next race. For my October race choice, Ive decided to go with the Urban Cow Half marathon, Relay and 5K race. Held in an area near the state capital of California in Sacramento, the Urban Cow marathon looks like a fun […]

Yes…I still racewalk, but

While it’s true that Ive cut way back on my walking in general (my mileage total is way down compared to last year), I do in fact, still racewalk on a regular basis. I try to get out at least twice a week on the Carquinez bridge if I’m feeling up to it…. plus I […]

Training notes

Well, only 5 weeks left till the Portland marathon , and I’m happy to report that for once, I’m on track with my Long Slow Days. Last year, I had countless interruptions due to my lungs, leg cramps and other annoyances, but other than some minor knee issues, things are going much smoother this marathon […]

Back on track with 16

After trashing my legs and my lungs at the SF marathon two weeks ago, I finally felt well enough this past Saturday to continue with my mileage build up. I took that short, but significant leap, from 13.1 miles to 16.25 miles , and because I wasn’t in a big hurry, it actually felt easier […]

Taming one of the Beasts

Out of the last 32 days, maybe 7 of them were good breathing days. This is a bit of a downward trend compared to this time last year. It seems like the ratio of good, to bad breathing days, is narrowing, and that depresses me a little. Oh well….such is life! How does the saying […]

Who woulda thought

< This morning's routine 5 miler put me over the 1000 mile mark for the total number of fitness miles walked since the first of the year. Lets see, that’s the equivalent of: 38 Marathons 76 Half Marathons 166 10Ks 334 5Ks 7 Badwaters San Francisco to Las Vegas Roundtrip Not bad for a broken […]