I've had exercised induced athsma for over 30 years now. For 20 years I was a successful racing cyclist and then turned my attention to running. Just like Pete Holt I use the brown steroid inhaler twice a day and the blue one usually before a run. Using the inhalers means I'm on a level playing field to peeps who don't have this condition.
I had varicose vein surgery in 2001. I I'd just retired from cycle racing and had started running racing and went to the doctor because of my unsightly veins and was worried I may snag them when doing cross country or fell race. The doctor sent me to hospital where I had surgery on both legs a few weeks apart. From my grion they passed a wire through my viens and the heated the wire which cortorised my viens without having to remove them. So my viens were destroyed from the inside. They said my blood supply would find a new route and so the old vien would no longer be a problem. To be honest for me this treatment was a waste of time and painful procedure. I never had any pain in my viens it was just cosmetic. After the treatment I still had unsightly viens in the same place on my shins. Now years on my veins are no better if not worse, but must admit I don't suffer from pain but I may get the odd ache now and again.
Must admit, I thought my running days were over. When I was hit by a car while cycling to work in may 2011 I knew my injuries were very serious. In fact was lucky to be alive when the driver left me for dead when he did a runner and was never found. My left hip was reconstructed with metal work but failed so a year later I had a total hip replacement. Since then I haven't been running but have been doing hiit sessions on my spin bike . It's only when my wife decided she needed to exercise to loose weight that I suggested we go jogging. I've been an athlete since I was 17 when I started cycle racing. When I was 40 I started running racing. I am now 51 and me, my wife, my daughter who is 7 and my 16 month old son (in his jogger pram) have now been jogging /walking for a week now. I have rediscovered my running bug. I'm only doing 20 minutes or so at the moment and I now run using pose method because of the false hip.i am going to get some minimalistic shoes to improve my natural form. A week in to my running and when on my own am already managing 10 minute miles. So here's hope to anyone in a similar situation to myself. Anyone else had a total hip replacement and carried on running?
Park run sounds great,but my wife and daughter are new to exercise never mind running. I'll give a few months and if they are still at it then a park run should be ok by then.well done on you running "just run". That 38.36 time you have there, is it for a 10k? My pb for 10k was 35.00 I'd did 10 years ago.
I'm starting again from the beginning and loving every minute of it. It's a long story but I'll keep it brief. Quick history about myself. I'm 51 now. When I was 17 I started cycle racing and was successful at that for 20 years. I retired from that and started running with a degree of success between injury.4 years ago I was mixing running and cycling. When I was cycling to work one day I was hit by a car and smashed my left hip. When reconstruction wasn't successful I had a total hip replacement a year later, so thought my running days were over. Packed in cycling too as I didn't want to be amongst traffic anymore. So for the last 3 years I have been doing hiit sessions on my spin bike. It wasn't until my wife decided she needed to get fitter and lose weight that I suggested we go out jogging (only jogging at the moment ) together and also introduce our 7 year old daughter to it. I've not run for 4 years since my accident so now I'm starting from scratch using the pose method of running as I have to keep shock to my false hip to a minimum. Just a week in and I have the running bug again and love it. At the moment all my runs are about 20 mins but am already doing 10 minute miles(pleased with that).When with my wife and daughter,plus baby (15 month old) in in jogger pram we do a mix of jogging and walking. I still have my old running shoes that are designed for heel strike so am going to invest in some minimalistic shoes to improve my pose method. I'd love to race again, mainly shorter distances like 10ks etc. Because of the hip I will avoid marathons.