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

Posted on 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

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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 on 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 […]

The impatient patient

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Intubation, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Portland Marathon, Steroids ( prednisone), Ventilator

Oh goody, another post about asthma exacerbation recovery. After being discharged from the hospital only 3 days ago, it’s probably a little early to be writing about this topic again, but something is definitely different this time around. The recovery seems excruciatingly slow( gee, where have I heard that before?). In my mind I should […]

Training to walk my 9th marathon

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Hard to believe that it’s been 3 years since I’ve trained for a race. I came close to doing one last year, but a lot of stuff was happening and I was getting sick too often. Well except for my little dental mishap a couple weeks ago, things have been much better lately and that’s […]

Plan B

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Achievements, Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness/Training Update, lung disease and exercise, Marathon Training, Marathons, Portland Marathon, San Francisco Marathon/Half marathon, Severe asthma, training progress, Walking, walking events

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 […]

Boston 2011 Race Report

Posted on 17 CommentsPosted in Achievements, Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, Asthma Symptoms, Boston Marathon, Fitness Walking, Inspiration, Leg cramps, lung disease and exercise, Marathon walking, Marathons, Mobility Impaired Division, People, Places and Events, Post Marathon recovery, Race photos, Racewalking, Team Wheezy, Walking, walking events, Walking Injuries

They don’t call it the best marathon in the world for nothing , and this year was no exception. The weather was near perfect and the spectators and volunteers outdid themselves. The moment I entered athletes village and the disabled athletes staging area early Monday morning, my worries and stress about the race just melted […]

Disappointed, but still finished faster than last year:-)

Posted on 19 CommentsPosted in Achievements, Boston Marathon, Fitness Walking, Marathon walking, Marathons, People, Places and Events, Race Reports, Racewalking, Walking, walking events, Walking Injuries

I was on well on my way to setting a personal best, when at mile 21, I slipped on some wet paper cups, did a full summer salt, cut my finger open and tore a ligament in my knee. It took me almost 2 hours in excruciating pain to limp the last 5 miles of […]

Boston or Bust!

Posted on 11 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, asthma awareness, Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Marathon walking, Marathons, Mobility Impaired Division, People, Places and Events, Sally Wenzel, Severe asthma, Walking

So in just a few hours Bib# 21619 is off to the Boston area to take another stab at the mother of all foot races. Monday morning I will attempt to finish my 3rd Boston marathon in a row and my 8th full marathon since starting this incredible fitness journey 5 years ago. May not […]

Third time’s a charm

Posted on 10 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Boston Marathon, Fitness Walking, Marathon walking, Marathons, Mobility Impaired Division, People, Places and Events, Team Wheezy, Walking

Not sure the title of this post applies, since Ive already succeeded at this two times already, but it has a nice positive ring to it and it puts me in a good mood. So after months of contemplation and a series of decent test walks , Ive decided to take a 3rd shot at […]

I’m Honored

Posted on 12 CommentsPosted in Achievements, Asthma, Boston Marathon, Fitness Walking, Inspiration, lung disease and exercise, Respiratory Therapy, walking events

Just found out that my story is appearing in the RCB’s annual Newsletter…. “Breathing Matters”. I’m always flattered when an organization or a person writes an article about my fitness walking achievements, but this one is special because it comes from the same government agency that regulates Respiratory Care in the State of California where […]

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The green shoes are back.

Posted on 4 CommentsPosted in Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Funny walking stuff, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Race apparel, Racewalking, Walking, Walking shoes and apparel

Who hoo…scored! Remember the Asics Hyperspeed II and III’s that I had, but couldn’t make up my mind as to which ones to wear at last years Boston Marathon? Well, as much as I wasn’t too crazy for the lime green color, those Hyperspeed II’s were probably the most comfortable racing flats I’d ever worn. […]