Running with Asthma 2: The Reckoning

Albuterol Inhaler for Exercise Induced Asthma Redux

Yesterday was both a fantastic day and a terrible one.

For the first time in over a week, the weather was clear and sunny (read: no ice storms in Tennessee). So I was finally able to go out for a run instead of hitting the elliptical or doing yoga. I ran a 5k in 27 minutes and then tacked on an additional 10% (.4 miles, actually). I felt fantastic.

All was good in the world.

Then I went to dinner, and I had my first asthma attack in months. When I was sitting still. (So much for the exercise-induced part of my asthma, huh?) See, some dude at the table next to ours ordered the biggest platter of fajitas I’ve ever seen. And when they came out, my lungs did not find them appetizing. There must have been some kind of mega-pepper in the batch because the smoke from his plate made my lungs clog up and stop working.

After a quick trip to the restroom and a couple puffs of albuterol when I got home, I was able to breathe again. I just spent the evening worn out and tired–the asthma kind of sucked the fantastic feeling my run had left behind.

In other words, I can run farther than I have in months and have a smile on my face while doing it. But I can’t eat Mexican next to a guy having fajitas.


So yeah. Fantastic and terrible. #whatchagonnado

B.J. Keeton

B.J. Keeton

B.J. is a geek, gamer, podcaster, and livestreamer. He has been the co-host of the Geek to Geek podcast since 2016, and he helped start the Geek to Geek Media Network. His biggest pet peeve is when someone spells Wookiee with only one E. One time, he told his friends he liked vegetables maybe more than he did Star Wars, and they made him put a dollar in the jar. That should tell you everything you need to know about him. Find him on Twitter as @professorbeej or on Discord as @professorbeej#1337.

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  1. John

    OMG. You leave the house without an inhaler? I haven’t use mine in a while, but I cannot leave the house without.

    • B.J. Keeton

      Normally, I don’t have any trouble with that. This is only the second time in my life I have ever had an attack without having been exerting myself a great deal beforehand. I used to keep my inhaler in my car at all times, but since I started running, I hadn’t needed it.

      Guess things change when you least expect it, though.

  2. Darlene

    Hi B.J.,

    Just was looking over the newnew Thor kettlebell workout (looks fantastic, BTW, can’t wait to give it a try tomorrow), and saw this.

    I’ve been following you more for about four months and have time and again looked to your writing for insight with regard to my EIA. That being said, I have had a minor set back I could use some input on.

    On a recent doctor visit during an annual physical, I let my doctor know I was unsatisfied with the progress I was making, trying to narrow gaps between run time and cool downs. I currently sustain about 2.30 mins/secs running and about 30-45 seconds walking. After running nearly every dayday since June 22nd, it just seemed I should be making better progress. The kicker to all of this? I’ve had a major lifestyle change over the last six months of eating clean and being fit… And lost 34 lbs in the process.

    In addition to the Abuterol, I’m now taking Singulair. Three days after I started it, I ran a previously scheduled 5k… and ran a while mile without stopping. Three days later, back to the old having to stop to breathe routine stated…80°weather, low humidity…I don’t get it. In frustrated beyond belief.

    Any thoughts? Many thanks for your time, your writing, and what you offer the online community here.



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