I'm a 60 year old runner who had atrial fibrillation and cardioversion about 9 months ago. As soon as I was off beta blockers I started to try running again. Before the heart failure, I trained at 7 mins/mile and had pbs of 10m in 60 mins - this has been my problem because my expectations were too high, and I always tried to run too fast. I have finally realised I have to start again from scratch and have lowered my pace to ultra pace - about 12 mins/mile. It takes discipline not to speed up but today I managed a 3 mile run with only 3/4 stops - caused by subconsciously speeding up leading to breathlessness. Slow means SLOW. It's not easy but I'm more optimistic than I have been for months.
did my run yesterday in the early morning freezing cold, then by the time I got to the stables, it was 11 degrees & I had to take my sweatshirt off! Even did some gardening, which quite frankly, I detest.
Today's sunny and showery, and a cold wind blowing when I was out running at 7.00 am.
I'm delighted to have stopped commuting/work so that I can concentrate on life instead. I've never confused the two.
I work now, with the horses, or helping my niece's partner with his business, strictly local and part time, and investing in modest property deals at a level which does not attract the infinite greed of the tax office.
Spent the last hour trying to contain my fury at the taxman, who does not appear to register anything he is told, e.g. FarSide has retired, "cessated" even in their terms, but carries on issuing demands for tax prepayments which are not due, accompanied by the usual litany of threats.
Jogging showing a slow improvement. I must remember to ask my cardiac consultant what to expect in terms of recovery time - perhaps I expect too much.
Cold again, but dry and relatively still.
Ceal, you're right about modern running shoe soles, the uppers on mine wear out long before them. Midsoles don't bother me as a forefoot striker, some of my shoes don't have midsoles. You can use your thumbnail to press into the midsole however, to determine how hard it is.