Fitness Friday: Request for Input on Exercise-Induced Asthma in Kids and Treadmill Running
I’ve got a couple of questions today and I’d love for you to share your experiences.
Exercise-Induced Asthma in Kids:
In early January, I noticed that every time Lil D would start running (which is often) he would start coughing. Depending on his level of exertion, the cough could be a single dry hack every few seconds or two or three sequential coughs every few seconds. It’s now been a good three weeks and it hasn’t changed. I suspect mild exercise-induced asthma. It runs in the family, and it fits with “the allergy kid” profile.
Does anyone have any experience with this? I’m wondering how it’s diagnosed, and I’m also wondering how to get him to take a puffer if that’s required. He keeps telling me the cough doesn’t bother him. He’s really incorporated it into his playing routine. For instance, I watch him dribble. It looks like bounce, bounce, arm over mouth to cover cough, bounce. Or, when he plays hockey, it’s glide, glide, shoot, arm over mouth to cough, slide to stop and see where his shot went.
For those of you who run on the treadmill, what incline do you set to best mimic running outside or at least offset the fact that treadmill running is “easier”?
Until this week, I was setting the incline to 0.5%, but this week I bumped it up to 1.0%. Of course if I were doing a hill training workout, the incline would be different (but I haven’t been).
From now on I am going to report distances in kms in addition to miles. I do live in Canada after all. I’m also going to try to report pace per km/mile.
Saturday – 10 miles (16km) on the treadmill – 8:34 per mile (5:21 per km) pace
Monday – 4.5 miles (7 km) easy run on the treadmill at 9:12 per mile (5:45 per km) pace.
Wednesday – 4.5 (7 km) tempo run on the treadmill – 1 mile warm-up (1.6 km) at 9:12 per mile (5:45 per km); 2.5 miles (4 km) at 8:00 per mile (5:00 per km); 1 mile cool-down (1.6 km) at 9:30 per km (5:57 per km)
This was my first real tempo run where I’ve held the pace like that, rather than doing shorter intervals. I enjoyed it. There were one or two moments where I was looking at the clock, but otherwise it was fun.
This week I started a weekly training program. Matt, my trainer, is sending it to me week by week so we can make changes as we go based on my feedback. It’s kinda fun this way. I’ll get a surprise in my inbox every Monday morning. These were his instructions this week (which were very necessary as both Monday and Wednesday I really wanted to keep going).
“Make sure to follow the pace and distance even if you feel you can go faster or longer. Trust me pushing for every run is not worth it. Were going to build our way up.”
Strength Training Stats
Monday: Greco Lean and Fit class with Derek. We rushed in late and then my nose started bleeding about 4 minutes into the workout. Gotta love my nose in the cold dry weather. I managed to join back in a few minutes later but attempted to keep my head up the rest of the workout. Can’t say I had the best time.
Wednesday: Skipped circuit training and went to a Hatha Flow yoga class instead. Lovely and peaceful. And I even feel it a bit in my shoulders the next morning.
Friday: Kids have a P.D. Day so no (formal) workout for moi. I will instead be climbing Tubes and Jujubes.
Have a great weekend!