Did you know that many of the world's greatest distance runners have asthma? Like these great runners you just might be able to safely manage your asthma while pursuing your athletic interests. You may be surprised to find that gently pushing yourself physically may actually lessen the symptoms that have been holding you back.


Running with Asthma: An Asthmatic Runner's Memoir tells the author's inspiring story of how he overcame the numerous setbacks of his condition and now enjoys running 5K races as a seventy-two-year-old man. His narrative blends information on helpful exercises and medications, as well as special running techniques, into his personal experiences, revealing how asthma can be a surmountable obstacle if you're smart about your health and determined about

your goals.


Praise for Running with Asthma: An Asthmatic Runner's Memoir: "Inspiring," Tinky Weisblat, Greenfield Recorder, Februrary 6, 2016


"...inspiring and extremely helpful," Rosie Riley, triathlete


This book is now available on Amazon.com in book or Kindle form


Asthma Camp, a five week one hour course is coming to the Greenfield, MA YMCA on Saturdays at 3 pm on Feb. 8, 15, 22, 29, and March 7, 2020. This course will teach the Coherent  Breathing techniques of Richard P. Brown MD and Patricia Gerbarg MD. Dr. Brown says, "If someone with asthma practices Coherent Breathing every day for nine months his lung function will improve from 25 to 60%" Asthma Camp will be taught by Carol and Terry McConnell.

Books by John Terry McConnell, Running with Asthma: An Asthmatic Runners Memoir, Route 1 Rendezvous, and Breaking Through the Line: The N.F.L.'s First African American, Bobby Marshall

My wife Carol Pedigree McConnell and I now offer workshops on breathing techniques based on the work of Richard P. Brown, MD and Patricia Gerbarg, MD. These techniques can help your alertness,

mood, and endurance whether you are a runner or not.

​Contact us at runnerwithasthma@gmail.com.

Coming soon! Breaking Through the Line: The N.F.L.'s First African American, Bobby Marshall. Bobby Marshall, one of the greatest athletes who ever lived, was the first African American to play in the National Football League. In 1920 he played for the Rock Island Independents. He is the Jackie Robinson of football! The racism he faced was even worse than the racism Jackie Robinson faced in 1947. Marshall was an All American at the University of Minnesota in 1905 and 1906 and lived his life in Minneapolis. In the 1920s and 30s the racism in Minnesota was significant. The KKK had 100,000 members in Minnesota alone! The Minnesota Eugenics Society, founded by well-educated scientists and MDs advocated sterilization of non-white undesirables. Minnesota Eugenics Society founder, Charles Dight MD, exchanged congratulatory letters with Adolph Hitler.  White racism was prevalent among both well-educated and not-so-well educated Minnesotans of that time. Bobby Marshall, a trained layer, advocate for farmer in the Minnesota state grain commission, and star athlete in football, baseball, and ice hockey refuted racist stereotypes by his personal example.

Meet high school seniors Allie O'Brien and Ruben Gonzales. She's a top caliber athlete with low-self esteem but high ambitions. He only recently came to the United States from El Salvador after his father was killed in a civil war.


These two teens come from very different backgrounds, yet they have a lot in common. Both are interested in writing, struggling with substance abuse issues, and making dangerous lifestyle choices. Ruben is harboring a secret of world-shaking magnitude.


When their lives intersect at Riverbend High School in northern Virginia, Allie and Ruben are faced with very important decisions, and the choices they make, together and apart, will forever change their futures.


This book travels back to 1989 to explore problems teens still face in our schools today. Rich with history and powerful emotion, it is sure to touch your heart and provide hope for overcoming obstacles in your own life.


One of the obstacles Allie O'Brien faces is that she is a runner with asthma. Strange as it may sound, being a runner with asthma is not all that uncommon. The following world class distance runners have asthma: Jim Ryun (set a world record in the mile run), Mary Decker Slaney (held every American record for women's running from 800 meters to 10,000 meters), Alberto Salazar (winner of the New York Marathon 1980, 1981, 1982; Boston Marathon 1982), Paula Radcliffe world record holder in the women's marathon, Jackie Joyner-Kersee (winner of the Olympic Heptathlon, 1988, 1992), Haile Gabrselassie (held 26 distance running world records), and Galen Rupp (silver medalist in the 2012 Olympics 10,000 meter run).


Praise for Route 1 Rendezvous: "I loved the story-line and characters of John Terry McConnell's novel. I loved the fact that these characters in the story had challenges that teens can relate to in their daily lives." Valerie Wlodyka, high school school librarian, Massachusetts


This book is now available on Amazon.com in book or Kindle form.

Are you a runner with asthma? Or do you want to be?

Or is your asthma holding you back in your sport of

choice? Get in touch with me about your experiences

with asthma. Contact me at: 

runnerwithasthma@gmail.com.


As a runner with asthma I pay close attention to my personal records.


mile 1965 5:00

half mile 1965 2:10

10,000 meters 1980 38:50

5,000 meters 2015 26:18


This year as a 72-year old man I ran a 5k in 30:03, missing my goal of a sub 30 minute 5k by 4 tenths of a second. I attribute my continued success as a runner to breathing exercises described in the book, the healing power of breath: Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions​ by Richard P. Brown, MD and Patricia Gerbarg, MD


Thank you for your interest,

John Terry McConnell