Steve – 9, Lung disease—a big fat ZERO!

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Achievements, Asthma, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Portland Marathon, Post Marathon recovery, Walking, walking events

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

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Asthma, Asthma Symptoms, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Portland Marathon, training progress, 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

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Asthma, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, lung disease and exercise, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Marathons, Portland Marathon, Shortness of Breath, training progress, Walking, walking events

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

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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!

Posted 15 CommentsPosted in Asthma & Exercise, Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, Inspiration, Marathon Training, Marathons, Mobility Impaired Division, People, Places and Events, training progress, Walking, Walking Injuries

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

Posted 8 CommentsPosted in Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, Marathon Training, San Francisco, training progress, Walking, Walking Injuries

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

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness/Training Update, Italian Language, Peak Flows, People, Places and Events, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone), training progress, Walking, Yellow Zone

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

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, Marathon walking, People, Places and Events, Racewalking, Walking, walking events

…….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

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, People, Places and Events, Racewalking, training progress, Walking

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

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma & Exercise, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness/Training Update, Marathon Training, training progress, Walking

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

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Racewalking, training progress, Walking

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 […]