I am fit and active
I ride almost every day (30-45mins)
I run as often as poss (5-10k distances off road)
I go to the gym once a week (cross trainer and weights)
I completed my first half marathon Oct 2011 (2hrs 29mins)
but.....my asthma means on cold days like yesterday I simply can't breath
The cold air seems to hit my lungs and shrink them to the size of a newt's!
So yesterday I did Swindon 10k, fit and ready to do it, but ran out of the start flags and *BOOM* instant stitch, pain, no capacity to take a deep breath. Stitch was so painful that I started to hunch over giving me bad shoulder pain. I tried to push on thinking 'oh well the first 3miles is usually a bit of a killer anyway, I'll get into my stride in a bit' that never happened
I had to stop for 4 short walk breaks to get my breath, and I had absolutely no finish left in me at the end (usually a rally strong fast finisher)
It was v cold day, and damp misty weather which I know also aggravates my asthma.
Thing is I actually ran a PB! 59.21 so I should be pleased but it just felt so awful, and I get really down about having such a crappy lung capacity now (never had asthma as a kid, developed in the last 4 years)
I don't want to give up my running, but then I also don't want to battle with my body over 10k when a few months back in the warmer weather I was just cruising along, breathing nice and effectively
So does anyone else struggle in the cold weather?...What can I do to help my breathing? (other than take my asthma meds as directed and have regular check ups)Do non asthma peeps suffer with the cold air too?...
Help and advice please as I really want to be able to continue to run this winter, and I HATE treadmills so going indoors is not an option.
P.S. If you are looking for a nice road 10k then I can recommend the swindon one, well run event and well signed course