Posted: 22/10/2014 at 10:24
It was over a month ago, when I was doing my taper phase of running for an upcoming marathon that I noticed my chest started feeling heavy, that there was a big rattle in my lungs. I didn't pay much notice, since I could still run, didn't feel ill. I did have a cough, and was bringing up some gunk, but just thought maybe I had a cold. This carried on, but I still ran my marathon although I was about 20 minutes slower this year. I was even coughing up gunk on race day, so I was definitely ignoring the tell tale signs that something was wrong. Looking back I probably had Bronchitis, but things took a bad turn, when I developed the flu, but this was really bad flu, and within a few days, I got weaker, had more trouble breathing, and when I saw the Doctor she confirmed that I had developed Pneumonia. I had to take two weeks off work, and when I came back last week, I was still a bit week. But this week I am at full strength and went for a run, after an absence of running for three weeks. I did 6 miles, and it didn't feel too bad, but my legs ached for the next few days like I had run a marathon. To do 6 miles, normally, its barely a training run, I average 8-10, and usually run a half marathon when I do a long one, and have no races pending.
I just wanted to share my story though since although I love running, its a bit of a slippery slope and you never know whats around the corner. I am having trouble motivating myself to go out at the moment, but its in my blood, and I hope soon, to get my fitness on an even par again.