Looking at me, you might assume that I was built for distance running, but I was not. I was built for speed and high intensity exercises. Naturally, I am bad at breathing. Not just some of the time, but most of the time especially if I am not working out much. Distance running never came easy to me, but when everything was better than it was now, I learned to open up my lungs when I ran which had a lasting effect on how I felt. Around the clock, I became better at breathing. This was a major factor in why I unnaturally became the distance runner that I am today. But now, with this double edged sword, I need balance. To run enough to maintain my cardio and workout my lungs, but not so much that it triggers whatever is going on with me.
Historically, I do a better job of staying healthy and strong with intense training. I keep telling myself that I have to stay strong. I remember what it felt like to be weak and sick and I can not go back to that. With the list of foods I can eat (6-7 foods currently), getting enough nutrition is a daily struggle. But as long as I keep struggling and fighting through this muck, I will be alright.
I am still running, but I have put my running goals aside for now while I deal with this health crisis that seems to want to stick around for a championship fight. This does not, however, prevent me from training hard and challenging myself in other ways. Strength training and plyometrics do not take as much of a toll on my lungs as high mileage training does, so my goal during this unexpected ‘off season’ is to gain strength and explosiveness while maintaining a good cardio base and remaining healthy. After that, I plan to make one hell of a comeback.