Even as an asthmatic, my fear of running a mile was illogical and ridiculous.
My whole life I've used my asthma as an excuse to not get into running - especially when it came to running the mile in gym class growing up.
I was hospitalized twice for my asthma - once when I was 2 years old, another when I was 5. So my parents, some teachers, and I all knew that asthma would limit what I could and could not do.
At Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping in Fort Collins, students in their 10 week session test their fitness in various ways in the beginning, including how quickly we can walk/jog/run one mile. When I was first told I had to run a mile, I was petrified. I could feel my 8-year-old self panicking because "running the mile" has always meant "I'm having an asthma attack and need to go to the nurse's office to use my inhaler." I also remembered how emotionally painful it was when my junior high school gym teacher made fun of me (and a couple other kids in my gym class) for not being able to run a mile (due to asthma and/or similar physical limitations).
Knowing (and fearing) I could potentially have an asthma attack, I armed myself with an inhaler and set off on my first mile, which I completed by walking and jogging (mostly walking).
I walked my first mile in 15 minutes and 8 seconds - not bad considering I could only walk the mile in 18+ minutes when I was a kid.
During 5 week testing, I jogged/walked (mostly jogged!) a mile in just over 10 minutes! I could feel my endurance had built up from the cardio kickboxing workouts at Farrell's, and my new time was a significant improvement from where I was only weeks before. Immediately afterward I felt this AWESOME adrenaline rush - I had just conquered my fear of running the mile. It felt absolutely amazing!
Looking back, my fear of running was illogical and flat-out ridiculous. I had been allowing the comments my junior high school gym teacher made 10 years ago to rule my life (which I nor anyone should ever do), and I hadn't placed enough trust in my own body to be able to carry me all that way, even after successfully getting through strenuous workouts.
Nearing the end of my 10 week program, I can proudly say I rarely need to use my inhaler before and/or during workouts at Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping!