#TeamPOW Member Emma Lewis has been kind enough to write us a bog post about her experiences of running with asthma. A BIG thank you to Emma, as an asthma suffered myself I found this very interesting!
I am no running expert, I am an expert on my lungs. They have a personality of their own and in general they are usually described as stroppy and grumpy. They are also affectionately known as air bags too. They need a little bit of tlc to get through the day, medication, mucous clearance, chest physiotherapy and now thrown into the mix running. My asthma happens after a run, the bronchiectasis during a run. Note to add – my asthma is odd and diagnosed as brittle the bronchiectasis is because of complications from pneumonia thanks to asthma. I have fought tooth and nail to get the control I have now. Don’t give up, get to know your lungs and work with them and be friends. They won’t stop me doing what I want to do, it just takes a little more planning and thought. You know your lungs. Some of this may work for you some of it won’t. This little lots gets me through the day.
This is my experience so far of what I have found works for me. Don’t take this as red, I’m still learning this running lark!
This is what works for me thus far. I may look like an idiot with my snood and Darth Vader breathing. I feel better than ever and my lungs thank me for it. Chest infections and slow recovery (up to 6 months off work at a time) almost cost me my career. I now for the first time in 10 years attended work whilst having a chest infection. That for me is a miracle, whether I ever manage a 10k run remains to be seen. But I’ll damn well try!
The best support I’ve had with asthma is from Asthma uk their telephone support line has being wonderful and supportive.