Asthmatic running advice

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28/11/2012 at 15:48

I am training for a triathlon and generally struggle more with running. I am asthmatic and don't have a background in running. I can run a steady 5k without needing my inhaler but have started to do interval training and find I am hitting a bit of a breathless wall. My medication and asthma is under control but any tips on how to improve my lung capacity?


29/11/2012 at 10:49

Thanks, I'll try those breathing exercises. I guess it's just a matter of patience!

I've signed up for Eton and Blenheim to do sprint distances so far


29/11/2012 at 15:25

Ditto what Cake says, I'm asthmatic too and always used to take my inhaler with me on every run.  It was like a comfort blanket more than anything else.

Eventually I was discharged from the asthma clinic at my doctors as the running had hugely improved my breathing.

30/11/2012 at 13:30

I find that cold air can still trigger asthma symptoms for me on hard training or races, but providing I warm up with high enough intensity, and early enough beforehand (about 20mins before, with a dose of reliever inhaler 10mins before that), then the initial 'shock' to the chest wears off and seems to be immune from symptoms for the next couple of hours, not needing the inhaler whilst running.

30/11/2012 at 14:00

I can run for hours on end at a steady (slow!) pace but interval training does cause me problems. I was struggling like mad on club interval sessions earlier this year then realised a 15 minute warmup jog just wasn't enough and I really needed at least a good half hour of steady running to get my lungs going well enough so that they wouldn't tighten up when I started running faster on the intervals.

I also went to see an asthma nurse at my GPs and got put on a different steroid inhaler that reduces mucus production in the lungs - different from the blue/brown inhalers which help with the tightening up but don't do anything for mucus production. So I now have a budesonide (white) inhaler and don't use a brown preventer at all. I still use the blue reliever before runs as directed and overall have noticed a huge difference with the new inhaler. Recently went for lung function checkup and was told my lung strength etc was well above average for my age/gender so was very pleased.

Might be worth making an appointment with your asthma nurse and specifically explaining you need help with running. My asthma was well under control to start with but a change of inhaler has really helped my running - I improved my 10K time by over 4 mins this year!

Edited: 30/11/2012 at 14:01
30/11/2012 at 15:38

Prawnie - you are asthmatic like Cake but your spelling is fine

I find that when I am running I tend to cough a lot and this can last for 3/4 hours after I've finished running and it feels worse during the colder weather. Someone has suggested that this may be exercise related asthma ? Has anybody got any experience of this and how to deal with it ?

30/11/2012 at 15:59
First of all - go see your doctor for a referral for proper diagnosis. Itight be exercise induced asthma, but it might not be...
30/11/2012 at 19:11

i have this issue especially in cold weather. i find a couple of quick puffs (pardon the expression), 5 min vigirous warm-up then a final quick puff before the race / session starts and im ready to go. used to run with it in my pocket but don't bother now.

Edited: 30/11/2012 at 19:12

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