I've not been running much lately and, hence, not been on the forums but I'm hoping to get back into it again especially as I have a 5K Spooky Sprint for Parkinson's on the 21st of October. In the dark!
Anyway, back in the early summer, I was really pleased in being able to up my running from 5k to 8k, although I was only running twice a week (one short, one long run). However, as the weather got warmer, I suddenly started feeling unwell when running. I was gasping for air, or at least it felt that way - uncontrollable yawning and not feeling like I was breathing enough. I was also getting worryingly dizzy and having to stop and sit down as I was scared I was going to faint.
Eventually I got in to see my GP who said it was either heart or lungs - I have a hole in my heart so got totally checked out at the cardiology clinic. My GP was hopeful that it was asthma and, after being given the all-clear by the cardiologist, it appears it was so. I have been taking a blue inhaler (salbutamol) before running (10 mins, 2 puffs) and after running (2 puffs) and I've generally felt better although I've been getting coughing attacks at times during exercise and dizzy once during a 20-minute run. The heart clinic peeps said I should probably be on a brown inhaler (preventative) as well rather than relying on the blue all the time.
Just wondering if anyone here has been diagnosed as asthmatic after starting their running and what works for you (anyone!) with asthma? To be honest, I think I've been asthmatic for a while - been dogged by persistent coughs, especially at night. It certainly got a LOT worse from May/June onwards so I am seeing an improvement just with the blue inhaler. I just hope I can get back to my longer runs - I'd like to aim for a 10k at least. My GP, a keen runner, insists I eventually aim for a marathon, but I am not feeling that optimistic at present! One day at a time!