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Old 07-03-2008, 04:20 PM
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Running with asthma...ick

When I go to the gym (not often lately, unfortunately, because hours are bad and I wake up too late!) I usually do the elliptical for an hour, then stretch/crunches, etc. for about 20 minutes. I would really like to start running outside though, since a lot of my friends run. And I *love* sprinting.

The only problem is that when I run outside (I was going to kill my bff when she made me run to the gym with her!) , I can't breathe very well. Most of the time, it's okay when I elliptical, but running outside kills me. Any advice?
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:48 PM
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It's possible that your asthma may be allergy related, and running outside in the spring months worsens it. Also, cold dry air is a trigger for exercise induced asthma, but that's unlikely in July. There are medications you can take to help relieve exercise induced asthma, but you should see a specialist about that.
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Old 07-03-2008, 05:31 PM
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Thanks! I'm on Flovent and Albuterol, but I'll talk to my doctor specifically about this next time I go.
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Old 07-03-2008, 06:39 PM
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I use albuterol for my asthma and if I think I'm going to need it (i.e. running at the gym/outside) I take it before I start, that helps me but I would check with your doc to make sure it's okay for you.
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Old 07-03-2008, 10:01 PM
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^ I do the same thing. Just take one puff of my inhaler about 5 minutes before I start running and rarely have any problems. For a while I was running about 8 miles a day with no problems if I used my inhaler before but if I forgot I could barely go a mile. So start early and see if that doesn't help you out
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Old 07-04-2008, 08:34 AM
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Thanks! 8 miles...that's encouraging! I talked to someone about this yesterday, and he said that actually going out and running helped him. So I think maybe I should just try it.
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