Survive an attack, register for a marathon

Posted 7 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma advocacy, asthma awareness, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Marathons, People, Places and Events, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Walking

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 […]

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 […]

The impatient patient

Posted 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

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Asthma, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Marathons, People, Places and Events, Portland Marathon, Severe asthma, walking events

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 […]

Uh-oh… He’s at it again

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Exercise&Fitness, Marathon Training, Marathons, Portland Marathon, training progress, Walking, walking events

Tell me that I can’t do something and it’s a pretty sure bet that I’ll find a way to prove you wrong. That’s pretty much the way Ive been feeling these past couple years, only it wasn’t other people telling me I couldn’t do things, it was myself. I swore when I finally crossed the […]

Plan B

Posted 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 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 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 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 […]

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 […]