Breathlessness

Easy wheezy...

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02/05/2013 at 21:27

Hi all, hope you don't mind another question I started running 2 weeks ago, and I've been doing just under 3 miles every other day. I've started completely from scratch, so I am extremely unfit - I can only do 3-5 mins at a time before I have to stop for 5 minutes as I'm wheezing so much, my throat burns, I taste blood and I get wheezy like I have asthma - but I don't (that I know of!)

I know people will say that I should slow down, but I'm so slow already I don't think I can! And that you should go at a pace that allows you to hold a conversation - but again, unless I walked then it wouldn't happen!

Even when I was younger and fitter I still got out of breath easily and struggled to control my breathing - I don't think can ever have been properly fit.

Does anyone else get this problem? Any tips? Or do I just have to ride it out?

02/05/2013 at 21:33

Hi Michelle, firstly well done on getting out there Are you just running or following a Couch to 5k (c25K) plan or similar? most people seem to well following these programs and you will work up to running for 5 minutes over several weeks.  I won't suggest slowing down... ok, I will And promise that over time your breathing will improve and you'll get faster

M...eldy    pirate
02/05/2013 at 21:34

Michelle .. if you cannot hold a short conversation whilst running then you are going to quick
If you really are concerned about your breathing then a check up with the GP should rule out any concerns

02/05/2013 at 22:01

If I remember your doing the GNR in September. I don't want to be negative but you have to build up endurance and have a long way to go.

As suggested above you need to visit your GP, some forms of asthma are actually caused by exercise and your doctor can do a peak flow test and prescribe an inhaler if necessary. Thats what happened to me and taking my inhaler before a run is now just part of my routine.

Do a search for exercise induced asthma.

02/05/2013 at 22:22

My asthma has been helped by running it's pretty much disappeared.

 

i really think you should try going a lot slower. It's about plodding along at the beginning don't worry about speed that will improve over time just slow tight down.

 

a jogging motion that is no faster then a walk is fine to begin with it's just about being able to plod along and over time the speed and distance naturally increase. 

Edited: 02/05/2013 at 22:23
03/05/2013 at 07:18

I had that problem when I started a year ago, but it did improve as I got fitter. I still experience it occasionally if I increase my pace or sometimes in the first mile until I get warmed up properly. I find slowing my pace or  taking a walking break until I can get my breathing under control works then I can finish the run.

I can never decide whether an inhaler would help or whether is just lack of fitness but it has definitely got better so I'm presuming its the latter for me

YKW
10/05/2013 at 10:29

+1 for inhaler before a run

If I don't then by about half way into my run I am slightly out of breath. That being said running has improved my breathing - think I am in the "slow down" camp and then pick up the speed once your wheezing eases off.

 

Just a point my "running" at the start was the same speed as my normal walk speed. That was the only speed I could "run" whilst still holding a conversation. I sing twinkle twinkle aloud as I normally run alone.

15/05/2013 at 13:02

Hi guys, new to this forum so be gentle. I too started running last week for the first time in 3 years. I have about 2 stone to lose and thought I would conincide my new running regime with my quit date from the evil cigarette. I have to say that I love running but these first few days have been absolute torture. I have managed a cuople of miles each day (4 days in a row) but yesterday (the 4th consecutive day) I started to feel my lower back ache so I have decided to rest up for a couple of days. My questions are these:

1. How many days a week should I be out running in order to maintain a good level of fitness and also to lose weight (working with a diet)?

2. What sort of mileage should I be looking to build up to?

I'm 32 years of age, 5 feet 9 inches and weigh just under 14 stone.

 

Thanks!

15/05/2013 at 13:09

1: around 3 maybe 4 days a week

2: up to you maybe 2 x 5km in week and an 8 to 10km weekend run? that's a good base level, maybe run one of the 5km fast each week. Then again to some 40 miles a week is just maintenance, it depends on how much you enjoy it 

16/05/2013 at 14:16

I'm also a complete newbie to running- and have similar issues.... Although I walk everywhere on the whole, I haven't done much cardio-type exercise over the last 10 years or so (but had 4 kids...) and have been trying to get into running for a few months but progress is Sooooo slow! I was always a sprinter even as a kid and I don't seem to have any stamina at all for distance. I'm not overweight but I do get incredibly breathless- even thinking about running makes me out of breath! It's really hard to get the childcare to get out running, but I'm trying to put in a few miles whenever I can on the treadmill, and hopefully I'll see an improvement at some point! Anyone know how long it takes us incredibly unfit to start seeing some improvement please?


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