I ran a hard, hilly 4 mile run last night where I was pushing the pace and charging up the hills, and I developed an awful wheeze about halfway through. I know I was working hard, but I have had this before where I was not running quite as hard. Specifically, I wheezed my way through most of a half-marathon last week.
I would think that I just need to train harder to develop the lung capacity, because I never wheeze or have trouble breathing on an easy run or when biking or swimming, only when running hard. However, I'm not just breathing hard, there's a distinct wheezing sound like I"m gasping for air on the inhale, then on the exhale there's a whistling sound in there too. It's awful to hear and feels awful. I feel like my throat and chest and kind of tightened, but it doesn't freak me out since I always know I will get my breath back when I stop.
Hope this post makes sense, basically I am wondering if there's any chance my wheezing is a medical issue or if I just need to train more. Does anyone else hit this breathing "wall"? And if it isn't medical, what kind of training should I focus on?
It would be cool to find out that with some treatment I would be a much faster runner.
But I'm not couting on it, and I don't want to go on medication or rely on an inhaler.
Thanks in advance!! :)
(disclaimer: Obviously people with asthma are not wimps, in case the title could possibly be taken that way!)