I almost forgot who I am

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Inspiration, Lifestyle changes, Shortness of Breath

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 […]

Don’t forget the upper body!

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, Asthma Education, COPD, Exercise&Fitness, Lifestyle changes, lung disease and exercise, pre lung transplant, Shortness of Breath, Walking

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Self Observations: FEV1 and Breathlessness

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma Symptoms, Dyspnea, FEV1, lung disease and exercise, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Shortness of Breath, Walking

Always curious about things, earlier this week I did a series of FEV1 measurements on myself. I wanted to see if my dyspnea(shortness of breath)which waxes and wanes throughout the day, would correlate with my FEV1 readings. I took the first reading early in the morning when my breathing is at its best. I blew […]

12 month Update

Posted 8 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma and travel, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Dyspnea, Nebulizer treatments, Severe asthma, Shortness of Breath

It’s almost 2013 and I just realized I really haven’t posted a breathing status update in almost a year. Probably the biggest change that I’m noticing, is that my dyspnea is getting more pronounced and more constant. Where I used get 8 or so “good” breathing hours a day, I’m down now to less than […]

Asthma and marathon training updates

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Exercise&Fitness, Marathon Training, Other medical tests, People, Places and Events, Racewalking, Shortness of Breath, walking events

It’s generally been a rough couple of months on the asthma front. This disease has been kicking my butt. Seems like I’ve been sick more often than not. A couple weeks ago I started flaring again pretty severely, and, as a result, had to up my prednisone to 50mg for a few days. The prednisone […]

Paying for it

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Exercise&Fitness, Marathon Training, triggers, Walking

Let’s see….Do a three hour 13 miler, get sick for three weeks. Do a six hour marathon, get sick for 6 weeks. Do a NINE hour marathon , and don’t get sick at all. What’s going on here? That’s right …It seems every race that I’ve ever done fast ,or PR’d, I’ve paid a hefty […]

In a holding pattern

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Medications, Asthma Symptoms, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Marathon Training, Shortness of Breath, Walking

Update: Race plans are uncertain for the time being. Though I’m doing a little better than a few days ago, I’m apparently not out of the danger zone, as evidenced by the following: This morning I was feeling pretty good and thought I would test the waters by doing a short walk. I walked about […]