I'm a total newbie on here and this is my first thread, so forgive me if this has already been covered.
I'm 51 and only started running about ten years ago when I stopped smoking, and even now I'm having difficulty in breathing during a moderate run, and if I don't run for say a week, the first run back is always very tough and I end up walking some of the 5K that I normally do.
I'm not sure if it's my age, being a former smoker, or something else that seems to be halting any progression, but it feels like I really have to push myself hard to make any progress!
I've had tests done and I've been told I don't have any form of asthma, and my lungs are healthy, but I just don't feel I'm making any progress at running and that something is holding back my breathing.
I have a couple of health issues which are Post-Nasal Drip (excess mucus hence the username) and I also suffer from IBS (I get regular cramps, worse on my return run from a short break).
I also drink too much tbf, usually wine maybe 3-4 times a week and I wonder if this can cause inflammation which in turn effects my breathing.
I try and do the occasional 'HIIT' class with my partner and that just almost kills me! I have to stop regularly just to catch my breath!
OK, I'm harping on a bit now, but I hope you get the jist.
I'm just wondering if anyone else has similar issues/symptoms when running and could help me out with some advice.
I really don't want to be getting out of breath forever every time I run!
Thanks in advance.