Just read on SG's thread that he's struggling a bit at the moment so good luck SG if you're looking in. And if you're not looking in.
ta Mace (and others), much appreciated.
Just another one of those barriers frustrating the aim to get on and progress. One day one of these will stop me for good, but barring something untoward in any of the heart tests this won't be the one. Am still keen! even this many years on!
Ta for the advice people, today's run told me for certain just sacking it off for a bit is the answer. Not going to put any timescale on it, but ill have a few tests/get results, and wait until breathing feels more normal again before thinking about it.
In the meantime will enjoy slightly later sleeps and getting up at 8am each day
Forgive me just rucking off for a bit now though, but don't worry, i'll be back to posting oodles of pony ever so soon
Bus, lucky you're here with me to add some realism to the thread...as anyone reading this would have a slightly warped sense of what is possible!
The milers we've covered, but then Matt slipping and pooping to some epic long distance win, Dachs casually stroking one off on a hilly course, a sub 35 i mean. Bigger question in what is presumably a fairly cock and biscuits type race, is who the heck are these chaps beating Dachs into third?!
I've had a week to reflect on last week's shock outcome. Can't help but feel a bit of missed opportunity. The 10k was won in what has to be the slowest time it's been won in. I'd have won it on my last 3 goes, and even feeling like i did Sunday I was still level with Rob in 3rd up to 5k, within a half marathon.
Obviously the bigger missed opportunity was the placing in the half. With a pal I've beaten at half this year and 5k 2 weeks ago coming 3rd, and a whole sh!tload of people I don't even have to check their pbs to know I should have beaten. All in a year with no Cooray, Downes, EOG etc...oh well, can't change circumstance, and am so glad I finished!
Last week was 2 full rest days, 4,4, 6&4, 6 and 8. A bit of a mental effort to keep them going, especially the 8. While paces aren't overly reduced, I can feel I'm warmer than I should be, sweating more than normal etc
It feels like someone has drained half my energy and fitness away, so goodness knows what's going on. Also feels like I've not got my full breathing range, not like the costochondritis, where you had to breathe very deep as it felt locked in the ribs, but just a bit more wheezy.
Had a blood test last Tue, should get results tomorrow when I go in for an ECG. Then An echo cardiogram or something later....
Am presuming it'll be some virus or similar thing, logic would say if it was heart related it'd have come up before or would have been some kind of pain in that area in the race.
Having said that, I did record 199/99 on the blood pressure test straight after the collapse, which if you check the charts, the first number especially is capital DANGER!
Again, having said that we never usually take blood pressure at the peak/end of races anyway. Most likely it'd be sky high anyway, so not quite the alarm it could be.
People who've spoken to me about it presume I was "Overdoing it". I'd say any overdoing it was in relation to how i was on the day, rather than on usual fitness. After all, HM should be 5.45-5.50, and I didn't break 6 once, and from midway it dropped off a cliff down to easy pace for the last 3miles. Have also had to sheepishly accept the "well dones" from non runners who just see 16th/420ish, and don't understand the situation.
to conclude...i might be done for summer racing now...which is an arse as I had good plans to smash at least 3 or so more races. However, i'll settle for getting back to normal in time and not having to quit, which would be worst case scenario!!
everyone keep up the good work either way, and I'll erm...be back later this week hopefully with the "it was just a cold, i'm ok" good news, and some sentiments on better to be safe than sorry