I had been having trouble for some time now. It started in the fall when I discovered that I was having difficulty running at a good pace. I would start at 5 minute K`s an easy pace for me but after 100M I would come to a gasping stop, have a server coughing fit for five minutes before I could continue running again. This happened more and more in till at the Marathon Of Hope I had to walk most of the second half and was 11th out of 12 in my age group! I knew something was wrong because I had beaten all of these Guys at the Run For The Toad one month earlier!
The problem was I was new to the area and had problem convincing my new Doctor something was wrong because I always tested 100% better than the average for my age!
On my wife's insistence I changed Doctors.
It should be noted that I am a asthmatic but have run with this condition for years,
The new Doctor a , specialist, ordered tests and discovered an infection in the lining of my lungs, changed my Meds. an put me on azithromycin,ipratropium,advair and fluticasone. Apparently. my former meds blocked my immune system and allowed the infection to spread.
The bottom line is, I have managed to start increasing my mileage again and although I will not be ready for the ATB in March, I should be ready for Sulphur Springs 50K in April.
I guess the moral of this is listen to you wife!