Calling All Runners...I Need Some Advice!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Lo and behold...After yesterday's semi-rant about my love-hate relationship with running, what does my CrossFit trainer do? He incorporates 3 runs for a total of 1400 meters in today's WOD (workout of the day)! Gotta love him. Pete always seem to know just what I am dreading (but at the same time, what I need to work on)!

Surprisingly, I looked forward to the WOD inspite of the runs. Maybe it was because the runs were manageable distances (200m, 400m and 800m). Maybe it was because of the lifts that were sandwiched between each run (shoulder presses, push presses, and push jerks). Whatever the reason, I couldn't wait to get to the Box tonight!

Of course after 2 days of mild weather (mid- to upper-50s), the temperature drops to 39 degrees in time for WOD! Which is the reason of my post tonight.

What am I doing wrong?

Sometimes after a run (or a series of runs), I end up coughing up a lung for a couple of hours. Why is that? Does this happen to anyone else?


Until tonight, I have only run in mild and/or hot weather. As I was running this evening, the back of my throat started burning. By the time I finished the 800m run, my chest and throat were on fire! Is it the way I breathe? I tried to inhale through my nose and exhale through my mouth. If not my breathing, what could it be?

Any and all advice will be GREATLY appreciated!

I'm sure that during the next couple of months, I will run many of miles...most of which will be in cold weather since we are a couple of weeks away from winter!

So, THANK YOU in advance!
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    I have asthma and what your experiencing is almost exactly what I experience during the winter months (Wisconsin). I talked to my doctor and he prescribed an inhaler for me. Definitely check with your doctor. I also wear a balaclava when I run during the winter months. Hope this helps.
    1993 days ago
    Sometimes if I breathe in through my mouth instead of my nose in cold weather my throat gets dry and I'll cough. It doesn't seem to happen as much if I breathe through my nose.

    1993 days ago
  • REENIE131
    That's really strange! I run outside all winter long (in Michigan) and I've never had that happen. Have you ever dealt with asthma? That almost sounds like exercise induced asthma, that maybe is worse because of the cold. Or maybe it's just that you aren't use to the cold yet, and you have to sort of acclimate to it. I would put something over my face, like a scarf or something, and see if that helps.

    Edited to add: I just did a quick google search, and everything seems to point toward exercise induced asthma. You may want to check with your doctor.
    1993 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/5/2012 10:48:46 PM
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