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EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE...

WE ALL GET OUT OF BREATH WHEN WE RUN , BUT FOR SOME RUNNERS THIS IS MUCH MORE OF A PROBLEM THAN OTHERS . LISA JACKSON MEETS THREE WOMEN WITH ASTHMA WHO WERE DETERMINED NOT TO LET THEIR ILLNESS STAND IN THE WAY OF THEIR DREAMS

“SOME DAYS I COULDN’T EVEN RUN 300 METRES, BUT I FOUND WAYS TO OVERCOME THAT”

“I was diagnosed with asthma at the age of 14 – some people grow out of it but I grew into it!” says Tracey Wright, 32, from Stockton-on-Tees. “It was a relief to get a diagnosis because it meant I could be given medication to control it. My asthma is exercise induced and also triggered by allergies to animals and dust but I take daily antihistamines that help a bit. After having children, my asthma got much worse: I’d need to use my reliever inhaler after walking up the stairs at home or could be sitting on the sofa and suddenly start wheezing. From a very young age, my children knew where my reliever inhalers were kept and that if I asked for one they needed to get it straight away. I never could have believed at that point that I’d ever lead a normal life, much less contemplate running! Fortunately I was eventually prescribed a steroid preventer inhaler – I use it morning and night and it’s made a huge difference to how I feel. Then, one day in 2013, I saw Race for Life advertised. I decided to give it a go and it became a personal challenge to go a little bit further or a little bit faster.

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Re-start your running with the new issue of Women's Running, out now! We'll show you seven ways to break out of a running rut and how to come to terms with a new way of running when your times are on the decline. We've got expert advice on the steps you need to take now if you're planning for a spring PB next year. Plus, find out how running can help you be more mindful; be inspired by three women who celebrated big birthdays through amazing run events; and find out how to run if you have asthma. Giving your nutrition a re-think? Read a dietician's no-nonsense advice for fuelling your endurance sessions and read our special report on carb cycling for runners. You'll find all this plus the best kit reviews for road and trail, workouts for runners, and much more!