Last Saturday I went out for what I expected would be a pretty comfortable 10 mile run. My usual pattern is to take about 1 to 2 miles to actually get my breath and settle in to the run. But on this run, I found myself having difficulty settling in, well into mile 3 and even into mile 4. In fact, I found myself struggling to breathe at all!
As we were passing through a highly wooded area, I mentioned to my running partners that I was having a hard time getting my wind. One of the guys conveniently mentioned that this was probably a bad time to struggle with breathing, as the tree pollen certainly wouldn’t help.
As we pushed into the 4th, 5th and 6th miles, the breathing difficulties continued. On this day, something wasn’t right!
I told my group I was going to have to drop back, as I felt my stomach and chest tightening up. I tried attributed it to possibly eating the wrong thing the night before. I made an uncomfortable pit stop to the woods (I will spare the gruesome details) and then I labored through the last 3 miles.
On Tuesday, I thought it would be a good idea to take a short 4-5 mile run around Haynes Point. The goal was to get the legs moving a little bit, but to also get acclimated to what many runners consider the most remote point in the marathon.
If I Can’t Breathe, I Can’t Run
For the second run in 2 days, I was having the same breathing difficulties. I was left with no choice but to contact one of my MD buddies and present him with my symptoms…he comes back with a diagnosis of a mild case of Bronchitis!
Perfect!! 10 Days Until The Marathon and I Have Bronchitis!!
My doctor buddy phones in the prescriptions, I pick them up and I do what I HATE doing, I take the required prescriptions. After all, desperate times require desperate measures. I didn’t train through the last 6 months, NOT to run the marathon.
I am currently on a cough syrup, an antibiotic, and an inhaler, all junk that I typically find reprehensible. But I will do whatever is necessary to rush the recovery; drink my fluids, get more and more rest and pull it together just in time to complete this crazy thing.
Send your prayers!