Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Go Figure ?

So for the longest time now I have been saying to my wife Sonya that I feel like I am working to hard for what I have been doing running wise. It is like I am running on 3 cylinders and not the full 4. But as we all know as runners we tend to just say stuff like " oh I am just not working hard enough " or stuff like that. So after many months of this I went into my sports medicine doctor. Low and behold I find out I have athletic induced asthma. Funny since one of my younger brothers Kevin has had the same thing since high school. He was a very good cross country skier !! So I guess knowing what he goes through helped me think that maybe this was up with me as well. I am glad to know and looking forward to seeing how my runs come along now. I guess better to know now at not when I am racing at 10,000 feet at Leadville 100 miler huh.


nwgdc said...

Just catching up...sorry Mad City didn't turn out as well as you'd hoped. The weather surely didn't help. Don't worry, I promise pristine conditions for the Fall 50 this year. I'll be there, so I'll order up some better Wisconsin weather.

As for the exercise-induced asthma, there are some small steps that have been shown in research to be rather affective. One is an increase in Lycopene and Beta-Carotenes. Here's a summary:

"In one double-blind trial, over half of people with exercise-induced asthma had significantly fewer asthma symptoms after taking capsules containing 30 mg of lycopene per day for one week compared to when they took a placebo."

It's from the journal Allergy in 2000. Just an FYI.

Joe Z said...

Glad you figured it out. Hey - did you hear how the trail conditions are on Superior for this weekend - let me know - Joe