What could be causing my running funk?
August 24, 2014 9:17 AM Subscribe
YANMD. I am seeing a doctor, but don't have an appointment for a follow up until Wednesday. I can't figure out why I'm feeling so ill.
Last Sunday, on a planned 16 mile run, I bonked after four miles. I was running very close to a full minute slower per mile than normal. My chest hurt. I wasn't breathing correctly. I chalked it up to a bad run, and took a day off. (I had run 10 miles on Saturday, at a decent clip, without issue.) Then, Tuesday, same issue, after three miles I stopped because I was moving so slowly it wasn't worth it.
I took a full four days off to recover. When I went to the doctor on Thursday, she said that my vitals were normal, even though I told her I was still having problems taking a full breath in. She said I could have possibly fractured a rib (?!) or something, and scheduled me for an X-ray and ultrasound of the muscles under my rib cage for this coming Wednesday.
Honestly, I don't remember doing anything that could have fractured my rib. I have been consistently running 40-50 miles per week since last summer with no issue whatsoever, and am still planning to run a November marathon.
I was able to run 6 miles today, but again, my pace has slowed drastically from last week, and it feels like I can't breathe correctly. I do have some early fall allergies, but they have never affected my lungs before in years past. The pain had sort of been localized to my left side but is now more general. It's not bad pain (I would have gone to the ER), and I can breathe okay sitting down, but I can't take a deep breath without feeling pressure.
Other possibly relevant factors... we went on a long car trip about a week and a half ago, and I spent about 10 hours in the car last week in one day. The doctor said she was ruling out any sort of blood clot because she found my vitals to be normal, and I wasn't having leg pain. I do not smoke, am not on birth control pills (I have a Mirena), and the weather here has been beautiful and cool. My family has no history of asthma.
I'm not looking for an AskMe diagnosis. But are there questions I'm missing that I should be asking my doctors?