It’s been 5 months since my diagnosis and I’ve made it my aim to be as fit as I can be to A) help my sanity and B) help keep the effects of these two conditions in check. I bought a treadmill last year and I’ve made myself a running habit. Woo!
I’ve been struggling all summer with the heat and humidity and the summer weather has decided to stick around into Autumn here. It feels weird to wish it away, but I’d love some cool autumn days soon please!
Today was no different on the weather front, and my treadmill room is one of the hottest in our house. I also have the added bonus that one of my conditions means that I overheat easily during exercise. (It’s delightful). But today (Sunday) is also my long run day. It’s the day I challenge myself to run a bit further than the week before and to feel strong and confident in my running.
It didn’t really go to plan. I got too hot really early in the run. I had some trouble with my breathing and needed my ventolin, and I wanted to quit for about 3 of the 5kms. I needed more walk breaks than I had planned. It’s been a tiring week at work (I got a new job a couple of weeks after my diagnosis too, just to add to the changes). But I pushed through. I wanted to at least get the distance in.
Then my watch told me that I had a new PR. Holy moly! It was an awful run, but somehow I took 4min 45sec off my 5km PR! I’ve been working hard to build my fitness from nothing back in October and didn’t really start running again until just before New Year’s Day. This proves to me that all the work I’ve been putting in is paying off. It also suggests that on a good day, where the humidity isn’t awful and my lungs are working properly, I could improve on this even more.
I start training for my first ever Half Marathon tomorrow! This has really given me a confidence boost to kick it off!