Im new to this forum my name is Jamie.
I have been running reasonably serious now for about 4 years, I have always had alittle bit of Asthma and always used Blue Ventolin as a reliever before training runs and races and always managed to get by
Since about christmas of this year, I began really struggling. It would always be in the first 10-20 minutes of a run, and at first I just manage to run through it sometimes using my reliever. Other times just breathing like a steam train. In january I initially put this down to cold weather and thought it would go away.
As of late I have not been able to run through these episodes and my reliver will not get me through either. It really has got quite unpleasant. I went to see the asthma nurse, and she put me on serevent as well as my becotide. I have been on this for about 2 weeks now. I have still not noticed an improvement.
I did not really realise how bad my episodes where until I started taking peak flows.
On my last run, before I started it was 460. Im told for a 31 yr old man. It should be on 620. I ran for 10 minutes and finally had to bow out to the asthma, it was horrible. I then measured my peak flow on a best of 3 basis and could not get above 230.
I was told by a collaegue that this is pretty damn serious. To cut a long story short I have gone from being quite a capable runner running 50miles per week, with my longest run of 20miles. To not being able to manamge 10 minutes.
I guess Im really after other peoples advice on running with asthma. Are my PF's really bad and whether or not I should be running or am I just doing myself more damage.
Can anyone advise on this.