Dionne, don't be afraid to seek medical help and advice. If your drug regime isn't working for you let them know and ask for a different one - I used to be on the brown inhaler but it wasn't enough so they put me on symbicort which has been much more effective. Luckily for me the respiratory specialist at my GP's is a runner and he put me on an inhaler regime called "managed" something or other where you basically increase your dosage before you know you're going to exercise - e.g. on the morning of my marathon I took symbicort 200/6 twice when I got up, twice before I left the hotel, once on the start, ventolin once on the start and was symptom free all the way round including the hills. When I told the GP how much I'd taken I thought he might say it was too much but actually he was happy.
I also came across this while trying to find the name of my "managed" drugs regime
Yes - it was good! Thought they were very well organised especially considering it was the first event. First 11 miles are a fast course up to Mumbles and back then a bit of weaving around SA1. Had use of the LC for bag storage, changing and toilets which was a massive help and avoided the ridiculous queues you get at some other races.
I thought it got a bit warm later on but it's about five weeks earlier next year. On the downside it now clashes with Download so I'm waiting until they release the lineup before I decide what to do about entering.
Iron TT - thank you. The 50k is the Thames Path Challenge, more of a charity thing than a "proper" run but the course looks nice and after my final training run last night I'm feeling well up for it. I've already entered the Cardiff Half the same weekend as the Gower 50 this year, if I hadn't and the 50k goes alright I'd have been sorely tempted!
Richie H there is some very nice scenary along the North Gower in the later stages, there is some lovely coast around the Penclawdd area. The only really non-scenic bit will be the Clyne Path (national cycle route 4) from Blackpill to Gowerton which is just trees but I run there all the time as I live just off it and it's nice to be sheltered sometimes. I would recommend the Railway pub about halfway up
I'm following this one with interest as I basically live on the route. I've missed the boat for this year but I'd like to build up my distance next year maybe with he same company's Brecon - Cardiff 42 miler in May. I've got a 50k next week so hopefully I won't lose it over the winter.
Good luck everyone, enjoy! Looking forward to hearing what you thought.