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I Love Jogging Now That I Don’t Have Asthma

I love jogging now that I don’t have asthma. As you know, I sold my asthma for $150 a month. I am asthma-free and this allows me to jog all I want.

Sure, I’m being facetious. Still, my asthma is well-controlled today. It’s so controlled that I’m now able to jog. And, I’ll be honest, I actually look forward to getting up in the morning and going for a jog. I just love it.

Jogging outdoors

Sometimes I jog to Cartier Park. I jog on the paved paths that circle the park from April to October when the weather is nice. It’s nice to jog in the fresh air amid the trees. It’s also neat seeing all the animals. I see lots of squirrels and chipmunks playing. I hear the knock, knock, knock, knock of the woodpecker in the distance.

Interesting story. I hear woodpeckers pecking all the time. I stop sometimes, hoping to see one. In nearly 20 years jogging in Cartier Park, I have stopped many times to see if I could spot a woodpecker with my own eyes--and I have never succeeded. That is, until this past summer. In fact, I was even able to get a picture of one. Finally!

There’s lots of deer. Sometimes I stop in my tracks just so I can watch them. They stand there still thinking you can’t see them. And they are so tame. I sometimes move slowly in their direction; I’ve come pretty close to deer at times. I have many pictures of them, too.

Jogging indoors

Sometimes I jog inside. I do this when the weather is not so good. I do it in the winter when it’s cold outside. Sure, I still have asthma. So, that prevents me from jogging when the temperature is too cold. Or, I play it safe even if my asthma allows me to jog in the cold. I jog on a treadmill instead. I had one in my basement for a while, but now I use the one at the health club.

Listening to music during exercise

When I jog outside I sometimes use headphones and listen to music. But, many times I just love to enjoy the natural sounds of the forest. I love listening to the ruling of the leaves as the squirrels scamper over them. I love hearing the chirping of birds. Or, in the case of the woodpecker, their pecking.

When on the treadmill I listen to music. Or, sometimes I listen to a podcast. In either case, my mind is taken to a happy place.

Many of my friends don’t jog

I appreciate I can do it. But, I literally look forward to jogging. I love how it makes me feel. I am an asthmatic, so I don’t jog terribly fast. I sort of pace myself. Some of my friends have seen me jog. They sometimes tease me about how slow I jog. One friend said what I actually wog (walk-jog). So, I am a wogger. That’s fine, but still, I’m able to do it. And I’m still able to enjoy those runners high when I’m done. That high is created by the release of endorphins in your blood. It’s sort of a natural injection into your veins of happy juice.

I occasionally mention my love of jogging to friends. I tell them how I look forward to working out. And I get all sorts of neat comments. Like, “Are you nuts. I hate running.” Or, “You really look forward to working out? Really? I hate it.”

Today, I mentioned it to another good friend of mine. He said, “I used to love running. But now my knees are too bad. I do a lot of walking instead.” This reminded me of my four brothers. As a kid, they were active in sports. At least two of my brothers were active runners. My youngest brother might still run. In fact, I think he recently ran a half marathon. But, all four of my brothers suffer from bad knees. I think two of them actually had knee surgeries.

Asthma prevented me from running as a child

When I was a kid I wasn’t able to participate in sports. I never ran. I was often excused from participating in gym class. One year I missed gym class for the entire year. My asthma was that bad. So, my knees were never taxed. My legs were never taxed.

So, my asthma prevented me from running as a kid. This may have saved my legs. So, my asthma may be the reason I can run today. Staying physically active certainly helps me with asthma control. So, asthma sort of motivates me to keep running.

Jogging is my therapy

To be honest, I never really tried. I just knew I wasn’t going to be able to do it. I did stay active and I have always loved going for walks. I walk in Cartier park too. I find this to be great therapy.

I never started jogging until the year 2000. This was when I was 30 years old. And I only did it to lose weight. I remember the first time I went for a jog was along the highway. I remember after I got to a certain point thinking, “Wow! I’m doing it. I’m really doing it.”

Asthma didn't stop me

Believe it or not, that was almost 20 years ago. Who would have thought I’d still be jogging at the age of 49. Or, who would have thought this old asthmatic would ever be a jogger. Sure, I’m an awkward jogger. Make fun of me if you want. And yes, at the present time I’m an out of shape jogger, but still, I’m jogging. I’m staying active.

So, my asthma once prevented me from jogging. However, since I never taxed my legs as a kid, my asthma may have saved my legs thereby allowing me to jog today and hopefully into old age. I suppose, in a way, the fact I can still jog is a benefit, of sorts, of asthma.

Does your asthma allow you to jog? If you do jog, do you feel it benefits your asthma? Let us know in the comments below!

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