Thanks for this, Angel. GP did some tests but I haven't seen the asthma nurse. I'm struggling a bit with inhaler technique but, when I go back on Tuesday, I will push to see the asthma nurse and for a spacer. I've tried my husband's spacer and it helped; I seem to end up with medication all over my tongue rather than on my throat ! Paula Radcliffe is asthmatic as is, I believe, Heile Gabresellassie (not sure about my spelling). Things are easing and I am hopeful that, once I can use the inhaler properly and my medication is sorted etc, then the tiredness will go. I have struggled with tiredness for around three years now, never known why I was quite so tired; in Jan my GP did loads of tests which were all negative - my asthma may well be the cause. A friend who's asthmatic says that people who don't have asthma don't realise how tired just breathing can make you; if you factor running, weights, walking etc into that, then it's no wonder I've been so tired. Thanks again !
Thanks for these replies. I'm on beclometasone (2 puffs twice a day) and salbutamol (as reliever). I've only run once since starting the medication. I used the reliever before running, then again after and it definitely helped. I'm doing the Ignis 10k in Glasgow on Sunday so I will know better after that how much the preventer med has kicked in. It seems to be 7 to 14 days to get the full benefit and, by Sunday, it will only be 5. What I am noticing is that, an hour after taking the preventer, my nose starts to run and my throat is all choked. I'm hoping that this is just my body getting used to the inhaler and that this will stop soon. Have a second appointment on Tuesday so I can mention it then, if I need to.
Thought this was just a recent thing for me but, upon thinking back, I think I've had this a lot longer than I realise. Whenever I've been walking, on the uphills I've always had to stop because I'm out of puff not because I'm tired, long flights of stairs can puff me out and there's the times people have asked me if I've been running when I haven't but have been out of breath. And I can very tired (GP did all the tests and all negative) - friend of mine with asthma says it definitely can cause tiredness.
With luck once the preventer med has fully kicked in, then recovery will be okay. Currently it's not. My diet is very good so nothing to change there.
It's good to hear from others as this is completely uncharted water for me !
I've been running for six years now and always had a bit of a problem with my breathing. I just assumed that was because I'm not a natural runner. However, over the past six months I've really struggled with my breathing and it got so bad that I saw my GP. He's just diagnosed me as being asthmatic. Does anyone know if being asthmatic impacts on recovery ? The reason I ask is that, latterly, I've been taking longer to recover from my runs, even the short slow ones I do with my JogScotland beginners. My GP said it might but he didn't seem to be too sure.
As you live in Scotland you could start a JogScotland group. All you need to do that is for one of you to train as a JogLeader then you start up, with your members joining JogScotland under whatever name you choose for your group. Bronze membership of JogScotland is free (Silver and Gold membership costs but Gold does give you a SAL discount on races). The only paperwork involved is returning new membership forms to JogScotland. That's it. My group charges 50p per training session; this goes into club funds and is used for the benefit of the the club (ie it's bought reflective vests for weekly use by members, club kit which we sell on to members, this year we subsidised the entry for two teams into the Edinburgh Hairy Haggis Relay Marathon). Run4It - and (I think) Run & Become plus Snowlines in Edinburgh - give club discount to JogScotland members. SAL affiliation is really for clubs with lots of members and costs the club quite a lot (I am a member of a SAL affiliated club too). Might be worthwhile checking out the JogScotland website ? Good luck !