Started C25K and developed cough, advice?

Hi all,

Only done the first week of C25k and was really enjoying it. However after the last session my breathing was very wheezy and I have had an irritating cough for the last few days.

I know that excess phlegm is to be expected directly after the exercise but bit worried about it lasting for days afterwards.

I really want to keep going but wasn't sure if this was a normal thing that will just sort itself out or if I should get a checkup 1st before carrying on? I otherwise feel fine but it feels like when you have a chest cold and have a load of crap on your chest.

For reference I am out of shape so was expecting it to be hard but I have never had breathing problems before (asthma for example).

Gp jobbie or just work through it?

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  • I saw someone on here with the same problem which turned out to be excercise induced asthma. Check with your doctor !

  • That might have been me as I posted about a similar problem which turned out to be Exercise Induced Asthma which only occurs during cold/damp runs.

    Get yourself to a GP and get them to check it out... for me it was a simple case of getting an inhaler prescribed that I use before a run when its cold/damp.

  • Got to go for the GP even if they only give you reassurance

  • Thanks guys, I had read about exercise induced asthma and it sounded similar but was hoping I was wrong. Guess its off to the doc's then which means a couple more days at least till I can get back on it :(

  • general rule of thumb with colds etc is if its above the neck, run on, if it's below the neck, stop. I would think that applies here. And yes, I would check it out with GP.

  • general rule of thumb with colds etc is if its above the neck, run on, if it's below the neck, stop. I would think that applies here. And yes, I would check it out with GP.

  • Yes there's a thing called exercise induced asthma. I used to wheeze sometimes if I ran on roads where there was a lot of traffic. Probably also because my breathing was very 'desperate' and uncontrolled to start with - but as you get fitter and your body gets more efficient at using oxygen, you might find it goes away. I'd check with your GP anyway though.

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