I've been lurking for ages and started the programme at the beginning of June. So I thought it was about time to introduce myself. I've read other blogs and how other people have tried and managed it, but always thought it wasn't something that I could do: too old (41 and not a fan of exercise), too unfit, just not a runner etc. The only exercise I did was yoga, which involves a lot of lying down and breathing. Much more my style. I started running because my body is starting to nag me to take care of it better and I hoped that it would help improve my mental well-being as I have been mildly depressed for some time.
I've made it all the way to week 5 (I did w5r1 yesterday) and am amazed after every session. I run in the early morning before most people are about. One thing that has really surprised me is that I thought that running was just a physical exercise but actually for me it is as much about a mental effort. I have learnt so much about perseverance, and have definitely felt the effects of improved confidence. And the feeling of achievement after completing each run is a real boost.
I suffer from very mild asthma but I haven't had an attack or needed an inhaler for years. I was concerned that it would re-surface with the early morning runs and that this would hamper my progression. In week 2 I felt my chest tightening and was planning to make a doctor's appointment to get an inhaler. Then the next day in my yoga class the teacher gave us some new breathing exercises. One in particular is really good for asthma as it helps to expel all the stale air from your lungs to make room to breathe in new fresh air. With asthma it becomes difficult to breathe out fully so the lungs don't empty properly making it harder to breathe in. After doing these exercises it felt like having a new pair of lungs. Now I do these exercises on my rest day, and so far I've been ok. I found a video instruction on youtube in case anyone is interested:
I hope that this might be of help to others. I would like to stress that my asthma is very mild and under control, and I'm not saying that these exercises will work for everyone but personally I find them really helpful.