The first thing that you want to do is to see your doctor before you begin a running program. He will give you a physical to check your condition. Then, he will give you a treatment plan to keep your asthma under control when running. And, make sure that your asthma is under control before you even start running.
Watch to see what the weather is before you go running. There are some things to look for to make sure that you do not trigger an attack. When the pollen counts are high, you either want to run indoors or make sure that you are running a shorter run if you do run outside. Running after the rain is also good as the pollen counts are low after a rain. Also, windy days may also bother your asthma.
Cold weather running can also bother those with asthma. The colder temperatures can bother your lungs as you breathe and trigger an attack. On those frigid, winter days you should run indoors.
See what time of day works best for your running. Some runners with asthma breathe better at different parts of the day. Know what these times are for you and try to plan your runs then.
Make sure that you warm up before your run and that you cool down after your run. Start slowly with a walk before you start running. Also, the same when you finish your run. Just going straight out the door and running fast may trigger an attack – the same thing with finishing abruptly.
Always carry your inhaler with you on your runs. You should never go out without it. You can slide it in your pocket. If your shorts do not have a pocket, you need to wear something like a belt to carry it in – it’s crucial that you have it in case you have any problems during your run. Be aware of how you feel during your runs. If you start to cough or have any problems breathing – slow down and use your inhaler.
Having asthma doesn’t mean that you give up a running program. There are many runners out there running marathons and half-marathons that have asthma. Even Olympic athletes have won gold medals that are asthmatic. Pay attention to what your body is telling you and you can stay out there safely on the roads, also.