I have posted here recently about issues I’ve had running. I used to be a really good runner, I was a member of my local running team and I’d run on the roads 3 or 4 times a week and the rest of the time I’d either go the gym or go swimming. But then COVID happened and I ran 4 or 5 miles on the roads every day for about 15 months despite fact I was having terrible problems with a knee injury I’d had for a few years. But I kept on running until one day I saw a news article that frequent strenuous exercise can cause MND and it really scared me so I just gave up road running.
Since then I’ve left my running team and only run on the roads once a month if that, I go swimming 4 days of the week now, 2 days I’ll go the gym and one day I’ll have a rest day and just go for a walk.
I’m fine swimming and going the gym but if I try road running my fitness levels have just fallen off a cliff. Before COVID I would run 4 miles in about 24/25 minutes but now it takes me about 30/31 minutes and after about 2 miles I’m just knackered. This morning I ran 3 miles in 25 minutes exactly.
Also I have recently had some health issues, at the start of June I had a routine op(nothing running related) but couldn’t exercise for3 weeks after the op until my stitches healed. Two weeks after I’d started back at the gym I started getting a tight chest and struggling to breathe which I have since found out is exercise induced asthma. So since then I have had to scale back my exercising whilst I got the asthma diagnosed.
Is this normal? Is it normal that since I’ve stopped road running and the other stuff listed that my road running times have gradually become slower?