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2012-11-12 5:10 PM

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Ok. I figure the best place for a diagnosis is a triathlon forum. Well, it is a related question.

A few months ago I could easily roll through a 4-6 mile run at a comfortable pace. I was doing more weight training though, but still could do the run 1-2 times a week.

Anyway, got a cold and persistent cough. Doc says no pneumonia. But I still can't even make 2 miles without the HR skyrocketing, even when going at an extremely slow pace.

The cold was more than a month ago and I should be fully recovered by now.

Anybody experienced anything like this? Something I should look for? Doc didn't seem too concerned, but this is a major change to my fitness level and ability in a short time.



2012-11-12 5:11 PM
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Did he prescribe any antibiotics, etc?
2012-11-12 5:25 PM
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joestop74 - 2012-11-12 6:11 PM

Did he prescribe any antibiotics, etc?


He didn't think it was a bacterial infection, so no anti-biotics. He did give me an inhaler to use for a week along with Mucinex DM, thinking to clear out the lungs. I feel better, but the legs are still dead.

2012-11-12 6:26 PM
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How long did you stop running for while you were sick?  How long were you consistently running (your base) before you got sick?
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TriFlorida - 2012-11-12 7:26 PM

How long did you stop running for while you were sick?  How long were you consistently running (your base) before you got sick?


I took a week off, but was only running 1-2 times a week since March anyway. About 4 miles a time usually. Those runs were just junk miles to keep my aerobic base at a moderate level.
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It almost sounds like you weren't really running much anyway and lost whatever run fitness you had while you were sick. 1-2x week 4-12 miles total volume is pretty low IMO


2012-11-13 5:09 AM
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I get chest infections quite frequently.  Sometimes, it takes as long as 2 months before my runs are back to the way they were.  (and no, it isn't a fitness thing - just one day bam, back to normal).
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some of these upper respiratory infections can be incredibly tenacious. Not unusual to feel sapped for weeks or even months. I once had a cough that lasted six months, and I'm otherwise healthy. 
2012-11-13 7:53 AM
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fatmouse - 2012-11-12 6:10 PM The cold was more than a month ago and I should be fully recovered by now.

I got sick in early August.  It may or may not have been pneumonia (never got a chest x-ray), but it took me about two months to get back on the horse.  Fitness was pretty shot at that point.  Just ease back into it.

 

 

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Asthma?  I rarely have an all-out attack unless I'm sick already or there's a large amount of triggers like dust or smoke around, but it really makes it difficult to train, particularly run, when I have or am just getting over a cold or flu. A respiratory virus ups the ante on airways that are already irritable, and can lead to a persistent cough, especially during or after exercise. You can also have "silent" attacks where your airways are constricted but you're not wheezing or coughing--you might feel like breathing is harder than normal, or your heart rate is unusually high. I had many of these as teenager, esp. racing in cold weather or swimming in poorly ventilated pools, and it was misdiagnosed as panic attacks and (in swimming) bad pacing! As an adult, when I was diagnosed with asthma, I discovered this is actually a form of asthma attack and resolves with a rescue inhaler.  Or maybe you're just still run-down from the illness, plus loss of fitness. Together, they can take quite a toll.
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are you taking any medication ? any thing to help you sleep...etc ?

I had something remotely similar, had trouble attaining the level of fitness that I felt I should have (and had)...was having HR issues too...

I was taking a natural sleep aid, every night. I cut that out and over a period of a month or so, it seemed like things were much much better. I have no idea if that's what it was, but certainly seemed so.

Just a thought...

 



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Not a doctor, don't play one on TV, didn't stay at a Holiday Inn...

Could it be that your white blood cell count is still high from the earlier infection?  That will displace red blood cells, which are the oxygen transporters to your muscles.

I caught a stomach bug last spring, and was in bed for about 2 days.  It took me a couple weeks to get my energy back on runs, even though I felt recovered after a few days. 

If your body is still fighting an infection, white blood cell count may still be high.

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TriFlorida - 2012-11-12 7:26 PM How long did you stop running for while you were sick?  How long were you consistently running (your base) before you got sick?
I took a week off, but was only running 1-2 times a week since March anyway. About 4 miles a time usually. Those runs were just junk miles to keep my aerobic base at a moderate level.

It sounds like a lack of base, a week off, and your system's still a bit run down from being sick.  It usually takes two weeks to lose fitness but your volume wasn't really high.  If your HR is up 10-15 beats per minute, this is probably normal.  Just ease back into it and build that base up.

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