thanks for your advice and support, guys...it's really appreciated. Still at early stage of all this - it comes as quite a shock to discover you have this problem when you're a healthy weight and exercising regularly. Unfortunately, i think the first difficulty I'm going to have is managing my GP, who is quite clear that her priority is to see patients as quickly as possible. I've already started changing my diet and reducing coffees so we'll see how that goes. Workplace stress could also do with coming down (but I used to use running for that!)
My GP has just detected high blood pressure when I visted to ask for medical certificate for a marathon in France. It is around 170/115. I am 41 and there are no signs of any underlying causes, and of course I have been doing a hell of a lot of exercise through running.
While we do further tests, the GP has told me to stop running and not to do any vigorous exercise at all. She has also alreday sounded me out about how I would feel about going on medication - and I see that many of the pills have pretty bad side effects.
Although I'm obviously going to follow the GPs advice, I'd appreciate it hearing from other forumites about whether they've been able to continue running with high blood pressure and how it's affected their performance. I'm also pretty worried about these meds. Running is a really, really important part of my life and I don't want to give it up!
Been out for a bit with the ongoing abductor/ITB issue that ruined my Amsterdam Marathon, but gradually easing back in with one run a week and loads of boring cross training and core work. Hopefully, this will all make me much stronger for 2014!
My outing this week was the Met League cross country in Stevenage yesterday. Extremely enjoyable run - not that muddy and the easiest course in the League. Good pub session afterwards too!