I was not far in front of Andrea. My knee went walk about at about 10 1/2 miles and I therefore really enjoyed the rest of the trip. The changes to the course from last year made the run seem more coherent. I especially enjoyed the people in their cars providing encouragement. This event has a good feel about it which makes the run so much less of a grind. I really wish that I could be a better runner and be able to complain about the promenaders on Lee sea front, the marshals and other helpers but they were really supportive of us back markers. So may I offer a large vote of thanks to all involved. With luck and a good wind I shall return next year
I'm a 58 year old who has also been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. It first manifested itself 4 years ago when I was out jogging etc.etc. I was initially put on beta blockers but whilst they controlled the tachycardia my other condition of severe bradycardia kicked in. A successfully cardioversion later I took up jogging again. Unlike a majority of runners who contribute to this magazine I normally record an average of late 9 minute miles when "competing" up to 10k. I do run up to half marathon ( a distance I really enjoy). At rest my hr drops to around 38 bpm but if I am pressing on I can easily hit up to 200bpm. I can max at over 230bpm - the problem being I am never sure by that time whether I have thrown a wobbly or am just working too hard. The only limit I have found is that my body tells me when I am going too hard. Some times my hr can be 170 and I run out of steam - others it can exceed 200. I just listen to what it says, and walk until I feel good enough to go again. The big irritation is that I can keep a low (140bpm) hr when using a cross trainer yet travel faster than I do on the road. C'est la vie.