August 24, 2015

Ran half a mile and then aborted

I started running in mid-morning, but after a quarter-mile, I turned around and went back to the parking lot. I was pretty tired and decided it was best that I return home and rest. I could have forced myself to go on, but that would probably have affected me in the coming days.

2 comments:

Old Runningfox. said...

Hey, come on Allen, let's have some action. You're not an old man yet, you know!
Wishing you all the best....

Allen said...


Hi Fox,

Well, I guess I'll have to confess something.... I've been having breathing problems for several years. My SPO2 (oxygen) level, as tested by a finger-thingy, is normally about 91-92% but may go down in the high 80s. The elevation where I run is about 4400 feet. A few weeks ago, my wife and I drove two grandkids into the Wasatch mountains to see the fall flowers. The elevation was about 9000 feet. I tested my SPO2 level, and it was in the mid 70%, so low that I was ready to die. I walked back to my car and waited for the family to return. I don't compete in races anymore, and I just run because I enjoy it. My philosophy has always been to enjoy my running and to run at a pace in which I don't huff and puff. Unfortunately, that doesn't work anymore. I'm always huffing and puffing. I sit down and put on my running clothes, and I huff and puff afterwards....

With deep breathing, I can get my SP02 level up to about 95%. I have an appointment on October 8th to test my breathing. Who knows. I may end up running with a portable oxygen pack. :) Or, I may end up walking. What ever happens, I'll enjoy being outside.