Autumn is by far my favorite season for running and today was a perfect autumn day. My running schedule today calls for 12 miles easy in zone two. I am running a 10K race on the towpath tomorrow morning so this run had to be easy. Where else to run on such a great day than the towpath? So that is where I headed. It was about 48 degrees when I started and I wore capri tights with a long sleeve running shirt. I could have gotten away with a three quarter arm or short sleeves. Since it was an easy run and I was not going to be pushing anywhere near my anaerobic zone, I left my inhaler in the car. That won’t happen again. I could feel the pressure in my chest within the first 2.5 miles. Stink.
With such a beautiful day to run, I wanted to enjoy it but I also wanted to breath well and not mess myself up for tomorrow. I decided on running out a total of 3.5 miles so I would get at least 7 miles in today. With the race tomorrow, that will give me 6.2 miles more. My weekend will not be a wash up as far as getting some distance in. The remainder of my run I focused on taking it very easy, walking when I needed to. The cooler air must have triggered it because I ran 18 miles on the towpath just two weeks ago today and had no problem. The pollen count today is low, so that is not the culprit. In the end my easy run came to 7 miles and my average heart rate was 133 – right at the edge of my zone two. I also averaged about 12:40 per mile. Considering I walked a minute or so every mile I am pleased with my pace.
The trailhead I start my runs at has a view of a beautiful bridge. I like to take a picture of the bridge throughout the year to show the changing of the seasons. Here was my view this morning before starting my run:
After my run I went to pick up my race number and goodie bag for the race tomorrow then to visit my dad. He and I got a laugh – I now use the same type of inhaler that he uses for his asthma. Now I know where I get it…
Today’s run did not go as I had hoped, but it did not ruin such a beautiful day. My experience also taught me more about how to train and race with exercise induced asthma. Eventually I will get to the point where it is just something I do before a workout, like taking an energy gel. Adapting to changes is becoming a common thread in my life now a days. The attitude I am taking? I can’t wait to see the tapestry that is woven as I live each day to its fullest.