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Doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks

Doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks

EmC. 27 Mar 12 10:15pm

I just wanted some general advice about endurance walking with asthma. I've been quite poorly controlled for the last 18 months but had improved recently with the last few months better with stable PF. Anyway I've been training slowly for the three peaks challenge (walking, gentle jogging) but must have overdone it yesterday and that combined with the heat made for a rough night last night and feel rough again tonight.

I'm doing it in just over a week, and really need to make sure my breathing is as good as it can be. I'm going to do more walks rather than run over the next week - think I have to accept that I just can't run as much as I want, without making my chest worse again - and I'm seeing the consultant on Monday before I do it on the Fri, which is good timing.

This is the first big sports challenge I've done since my flare up, and I really want to make it, and keep myself well.

I guess I'm just looking for emotional support and general advice.


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Angelica 17 Apr 12 6:49am

Well done EmC!!!

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loub 16 Apr 12 10:08pm

Well done. I'm glad to hear it went well and that you raised some money too. Sounds like you looked after yourself well by wrapping up and taking ventolin.

It definitely takes a while to build up to something like that when asthma has been uncontrolably for a while. I have to build up quite slowly, and sometimes get a few knockbacks on the way. But if you build up gradually you can definitely do more than you think.

I'm doing well, been walking today and went ok so might try a gentle jog later in the week, fingers crossed.

Take care x

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EmC. 16 Apr 12 7:41am

Hello loub

Thanks for asking! It went really well, I managed to complete it in the time recommended, and we raised some money for the Alzheimer's Society, which I'm really pleased about.

I definitely struggled with my breathing but not so much that it was too bad. I took my ventolin before the hills and sometimes during them, and took some emergency pred with me just in case but I didn't need it. We did end up walking into cloud and it was damp but I wrapped up well.

I think it has made me realise I can do more than I think I can. Having said that, all this week my breathing has not been great but maybe it just takes time for the body to settle down after something so strenuous.

My asthma clinic appointment was rearranged (for the third time!) so I am going this morning.

I hope you are doing ok. Thank you for your support with this :-)

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loub 15 Apr 12 9:07pm

How did you get on?

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loub 27 Mar 12 11:20pm

some general advice and a bit of emotional support

Hi EmC,

I guess you know this already, but just take it easy. I walk in the hills/mountains a lot and find it best to start slow and steady and try not to have lots of breaks, as lots of stoping/starting makes it hard to settle the breathing. If your lungs have a strop make sure you sort them out before you go on, especially if you're going to be walking into cloud. Also, I vary my pace depending on the steepness and go really slow with very short steps when it's really steep.

I hope your lungs settle quickly after the last 2 rough nights and you get back to a stable pf quickly. It'd be great to hear how you get on so please let us know. Look after yourself over the coming week or so, take care. I hope you enjoy the challenge.

Lou x (I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you)

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