Thanks everyone, I've not checked this thread in a while.
I like the idea of the cross country. I've done some trail and hill running and may well step back up to it. I'm thinking of registering for a middle distance adventure race in the spring which will involve 18km of hill running in two stages, so better get some training in !
Thanks ringo, I'd never thought of the LDWA events, but could see the attraction. I may look into a local group and see how it goes.
As the other thread developed I realized that I was probably whining a bit and should really just be grateful for being able to do what I can. Not because of anything anybody said, just as I looked at myself more.
I'm thinking about trying kayaking and may go back to sailing if I get an opportunity. The only problem is that I live a long way from the sea and none of the local sailing clubs sail the types of boats that I'd be interested in.
I also plan to continue with the HM's and cycling.
It's nice to run with your kids, I occasionally get to do it with one of mine. I'm lucky that I can still beat him over any distance greater than 5k, but don't reckon it'll go on for much longer like this. (he's 24, I'm 52).
Hi everyone. Good to see some life back in this thread and the progress people are making.
I've just been posting in Clubhouse asking for advice on alternatives to marathons as I felt a little down last weekend after all my friends ran the local marathon and I really missed the buzz. I also saw my surgeon again a few weeks back for a check up and he gave me a full bill of health, with the dire warning never to do any more marathons again. Ever.
He told me I can do HM's or Olympic distance Tris, but I'm feeling a bit 'bleh' about them.
I have been building up my fitness again and am trying to do either a 6 mile slowish run each evening or 60 minutes on the turbo (which is becoming quite strenuous).
I still find that I'm short of confidence every time I run, doubting that I'll be up for the full 6 miles, but have never not done it and have extended it to 7 or 8 a few times, so am hoping that will pass. I am however, currently off the road with a bad case of man flu.
I am still trying to find something to fill my marathon shaped void, but can't really think of anything. In a way I'm starting to think that I can't really call myself a runner any more if I don't do marathons.
I can really see myself moving back towards cycling and line up a few sportives next year. Since my last post I've done a London to Paris solo cycle, which I loved, and which I planned when I was confined to bed for 24 hours after my operation, literally unable to move.
This thread is giving me encouragement that I'll get my fitness back to where it was, except for the marathons.
The feedback from the doctors was anything up to half marathon or Olympic distance tri's. The surgeon has done 8 or 9 marathons so knew what he was talking about, but I couldn't really get any more detail than that. I think the problem is that they still don't really know what causes it and so can't tell you what you can do to prevent it.
The condition was atrial fibrillation which was corrected by surgery (ablation), but no pacemaker was fitted (they just kill part of the inside of the heart that's become conductive). I know off people who've had the same op and have gone back to marathons fairly shortly afterwards with no apparent ill effects (yet). There's a fairly long thread on the Health & Injury tab about it.
I'm not sure about maximum exertion and am still stepping up my training to see how I feel. I've been doing some speedwork and interval training with no ill effects. My problem at the moment is more a lack of fitness and weight gain from a long time with no serious training.
I don't really intend to push myself to the absolute max and have accepted that my racing days are over (they never really started), but was looking for something else to obsess over, now that I have all this spare time on a Sunday morning when I'm not doing 20+ mile training runs .
Maybe obstacle courses or middle distance adventure races would help me get it out of my system, along with cycling and maybe competitive sailing again. I'll probably also look at marshaling and pacing, which I've always enjoyed and would allow me to give something back to the club.
Okay Ric, fair point. I commend your actions and thank you for being that person that helped (absolutely no sarcasm intended). A person I know collapsed last year in a marathon and if it weren't for the fact that the guy literally right behind her was a cardiac nurse, she'd be dead.
The only point I want to make is that I won't drop dead from my condition. It doesn't happen. I've had that conversation with the Docs. The worst that would happen is that I'd go back into arrhythmia and have to walk home and then go back and explain to the surgeon what happened whilst eating humble pie. I don't intend having to tell him that I was doing he told me not to.
If I thought that I was putting my life at risk by running then I wouldn't run another step out of a combination of fear, respect for my family and friends and not wanting to have to put somebody in that position where they try and save me.
I want to minimise the risk of it happening again whilst trying to find something to do to replace the marathons. Maybe fell or trail running or something completely different. I think that I'll probably go back more to cycling and focus on HM's and shorter. I just miss the buzz leading up to the marathon.