I have dug down deep and have fought every inch of the way
It’s another intense workout, although this time it’s even more intense due to some previous workouts being missed. You’re working really hard, your lungs are working really hard, so hard in fact that they hurt. You don’t recall eating metal, yet you definitely have a copper like taste in your mouth. What the hell is going on? Why do your lungs hurt and why is there a metal like taste in your mouth?
Don’t worry, it’s probably OK. It’s the body reacting to the hard work and reacting to your breathing. With the intense exercise comes the fact that your lungs have to work harder to get the oxygen required to fuel the work. Generally this should only last a few minutes. If it lasts longer, or if it happens after every workout, you are probably breathing incorrectly, or could have exercise induced asthma or another underlying medical condition that requires immediate medical attention.
When you exercise intensely and are breathing through your mouth, your brain thinks carbon dioxide is being lost at in excess. Your body reacts by creating additional mucus which has the effect of slowing your breathing and constricts your blood vessels. This can make catching your breath more difficult resulting in the pain and burning sensation. This usually is temporary and goes away as you gain more experience working out at this intensity.
Having a metallic taste in your mouth following intense exercise is not uncommon. Dry air, asthma, or sinus issues can result in this. It can also be caused when blood is forced through membranous tissue in the lungs, or up into the bronchial tree. This is because you are pushing yourself to the threshold of the anaerobic state. Although not harmful, if you have concerns you should limit the frequency of your intense workouts. You may also want to see your doctor to ensure everything is fine.
Working out at that intense level can be hard on our body, and our body reacts. Be sure to give yourself adequate rest between workouts to prevent over training. If you are a mouth breather, I’m not being offensive, try to start breathing in through your nose to slow down your breathing so the lungs have time to process the oxygen. It’s tough, but practicing will get you there eventually. Lastly, if any of these things concern you, please see your doctor.
Yours in health,