I’ve had asthma since 2nd grade. I have yet to grow out of it and it gets pretty bad nearly twice a year. Up until a year ago, it was my excuse. I can’t exercise, I have asthma. I can’t run, I have asthma. I looked on in envy, but secretly enjoyed being lazy.
Eventually, I found myself fresh out of college, single, in a brand new city and I needed a hobby. Anything to get my gears going again. I did not enjoy being lazy anymore. Somewhere to spend my energy when I got home from work. But I have asthma.
But then something great happened. There was this guy I liked and I bought him a birthday present and a Christmas present. He ended up blowing me off before his birthday so I returned his presents and spent that money on a new pair of running shoes. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Shortly after that time, I also found myself unemployed so I put my shoes to work. I started with walking and this she-devil:
I quickly realized that although yes, I do have asthma, all the huffing and puffing I was doing during attempted exercises was simply because I was out of shape. I could actually work towards becoming in shape if it’s something I wanted. What I really wanted was to become a runner.
So here I am. I’ve started the Couch to 5K program and I do yoga once a week. However, I just joined up with Team In Training, where I’ll train for the NYC Half Marathon this March. Grab some Kleenex and check out my story here. I will be training through the next 3 coldest months of the year and I couldn’t be more excited!