Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Finals Blogging and Asthma! Oh My!

First I just wanted to say thanks for putting up with me changing the look of the blog a ton. I'm new to the blog world and so I've been experimenting. But, I think I'll leave it alone soon! Maybe.... :P

My life until finals are over
I've been really busy lately. I'm a computer science major and this is technically my senior year (I changed my major late, so I will be staying in school longer).  My classes are very demanding of my time and it is almost finals week, so my free time has been close to non-existent. Soon it will be winter break and I can blog and run more. Hopefully I'll have some more interesting things to take pictures of besides the dreadmill and my lovely textbooks. haha

I have really gotten into blogs since I started training for my half-marathon. I just signed up one day, and then I thought to get some inspiration I would look and see if anyone had pictures online from last year. Searches led to picture which led me to some amazing running blogs that have really inspired me to get out there and run and also start this blog. I hope one day I'll have a successful blog along with my race medals :) However, I'm really new to this, so if you have any suggestions or ideas of things you would like me to talk about or review etc. on my blog, drop me a comment! I promise to try to blog more once I get through my finals and maybe I'll even host a giveaway!

In other news, my asthma has been doing great. I know I've only been running for a few weeks now, but I can see a huge difference in my breathing now. I used to be sick so much in the winter and I still have bad days for sure, but the days seem to be much easier to handle when they aren't all at once.  Another reason to keep on running!


  1. Ugh, it's finals week for me this week. Can you say lack of sleep and way too much coffee? Just keep thinking about the light at the end of the tunnel!

  2. haha i know what you mean! thanks and good luck on your exams!

  3. Hi, a dailymile friend and fellow asthmatic runner (Drew) pointed me to your blog, and I'm glad that she did! What's your focus within CIS? I teach computer networking and other related topics at a community college, and have been an IT professional since the punched card era. :)

  4. The degree at OSU doesn't have areas of specific concentration, it's more of a broad Computer Science degree. I'm not really sure what I want to do with it yet. I enjoy programming and game design, but I also love the aspects of CS that are more artistic like animation and web design. However because I majored in CS and not graphic design or art, I think it might be harder to find a job in those areas :\ My dad's actually really involved with the efforts here in Oklahoma to get all medical records electronic and integrate all of them between hospitals, so there is always that route. I guess I'll just have to see where I end up after graduation! haha It's nice to meet another geek like me!

  5. A relevant but strangely ignored or not generally known fact about asthma and breathing troubles is that the change between weak (asthmatic) and strong (healthy) breathing is dependent on abdominal muscle tension. Slackening the muscles here causes abysmally weak and asthmatic breathing. Instead of describing an asthma attack as being like breathing through a straw (57,00 Google hits), attempting to breathe vigorously with relaxed abdominal muscles provides a more genuine illustrative example. Training the muscles, for example by “abdominal hollowing” (see Web articles) produces an antiasthmatic effect. Abdominal muscle tension plays a prominent part in Asian martial arts.

    So it is fair to assume that there is a natural breathing spectrum with an asthmatic tendency at one end and Ku Fu or Karate breathing at the other end. For a few words on the Japanese version of Asian breathing see

    I personally tend to breathe asthmatically after an evening meal or in pollen-laden air. Breathing powerfully into my lower abdomen with tensed muscles provides an effective cure for me. But then I’ve always been sceptical about medical wisdom on asthma: such a paradoxical and doctor-baffling increase in the last 40 years with modern, merely symptomatic inhalers. Respectfully, Richard Friedel

  6. Vitamins C and E, the trace mineral selenium and beta-carotene, a pigment found in orange and dark green leafy vegetables, all seem to offer some protection to sensitive lungs.