Why You Should Run (or Walk) The Year 2016

Many people make New Year’s resolutions involving exercise. Whether it’s to lose weight, get in shape, or just move more, it’s an admirable goal. As we all know, however, we aren’t always as good about following through on those resolutions—a recent study reports that only 8% of people achieve their goals each year. One reason…

2015 – Year in Review (Plus a peek at 2016)

2015 had a lot of running firsts for me. Not surprising since my first race was in September, 2014. At this age it’s nice to have so many firsts. Also not surprising that Running On Air had a lot of firsts as we celebrated its first year October 2015. My original intention was to separate…

Jeff Galloway 13.1

For my 5th new state for 2015 (8th new state so far) I had the pleasure of participating in the Jeff Galloway 13.1 in Atlanta Georgia on December 13th. Doing this race was a last minute decision. I’d known about the race since September, when I met Jeff and his wife, Barbara, at the Disneyland…

The Heart of A Runner

I struggle with calling myself a runner.  When I talk about races, I prefer to say, “I’m participating” or “I’m racing.”  I feel that saying “I’m running” is misleading.  When other runners ask about my time in a race, they can’t quite hide their surprise at how much time I need to finish.  Many people…

It’s All A Matter of Perspective

I saw my pulmonologist today and left feeling happy and excited. I’ve been struggling with my running.  To the point of there isn’t much running happening.  I’ve been working on my running for over a year now, and as of today, I can barely run 1.5 minutes.  And it’s not because I’m taking it too fast.  I’m…

The Whining Begins – Part 3

The fall isn’t the best time for my lungs.  I start to feel tight.  Exercise becomes harder.  I feel short of breath more easily.   Usually by November I’m on IV antibiotics.  In the week leading up to the ATM my lungs felt tighter.  Even the day of the TV interview I was concerned about whether I’d be…

The Whining Begins – Part 2

Encouraged by this improvement, at the beginning of 2014 I decided I would setup a running plan that would get me through the Army Ten Miler (ATM) in October.  The ATM is “that” race for me.  Having signed up for it three previous times, I was never well enough to show up for the race. …

The Whining Begins – Part 1

I’ve decided to start a blog that will be informative (run/workout stats including blood oxygen levels and pulse), confrontative (mostly with myself) and contemplative (hopefully). Being a runner isn’t easy under the best of circumstances.  We are pushing the body, our legs, our heart and our lungs outside of their comfort zones.  When we push ourselves…