Just an update...this turned out to be iron deficiency...not the first time for me but different symptom(s)...so I guess it threw me off..plus I have worked hard to keep my diet high in iron..obviously not enough!
As I said my heart rate is no longer elevated. It was elevated for 2 weeks and I did do a couple of runs in those two weeks that I shouldn't have but mostly it was rest. But I then waited until my heart rate was completely back to normal. Which it is.
I will probably rest this week and see how that works out though.
I never went to the Doctors just rode it out. I don't feel I can go now though...what would I say? I feel fine but my pace is slow? I don't think they would do anything?
I guess I feel like my only option is to just take each day as it comes and see if any improvement occurs in the pace...and that recovery from the virus is very slow....and my system hasn't recovered even though I feel good.
About 5 weeks ago I was unwell. I noticed first with an elevated heart rate so I stopped running. My heart rate stay elevated for 2 weeks. In those two weeks I did about 15 miles each week of easy running/walking. Once my heart rate came back down I started running again. I felt tired but kept everything easy and kept mileage low. After 4 weeks I started feeling a lot better. I was sleeping well, eating well and had lots of energy...so continued running..this is where I am at today. I am still at around 30-40 miles a week currently.
My problem is that despite feeling better my pace for the same low heart rate is about 2 mins slower per mile. SO instead of being around 9min/miles for a very low heart rate I am at 11 min/miles. I ran an "easy" run with a club mate and my heart rate was up in near tempo zone and I was exhausted (To just give a comparison...if I was well I would be running my tempo runs at 7min/miling). This ended up being 9-10 min miling!!! After that incident I have kept with the low heart rate and continue to run 11 min/miles so as to not push my body too much.
I have never in my life run so slow. I have never ever struggled with 9min/miling. Even coming back from illness before I usually am around half a min per mile slower and get back to normal very quickly. Even when I have 2 months off I would be back around 9min/miling. I could not manage that right now.
I feel completely fine though in general. I am sleeping well, eating well...I am just wondering if it might just be taken longer to get back to normal?
I am wondering if this is just a very severe illness and it will recover..or something else is wrong with me. My son is just coming out the other side of it after several weeks too. It was a very odd one..though..weird symptoms..felt like massive fatigue rather than typical illness symptoms..same for my son.
I was doing about 60/70 miles of easy running before I got ill.
Has anyone else experience similar after illness? Any experiences and insight would be greatly appreciated.