Great news on Boyska, Em! I hope to meet him someday.
BM - I have the opposite problem: low blood pressure, high resting HR (usually above 95BPM). Accompanied with dizziness and tunnel vision when I go above 168BPM and it presents some training challenges. Interestingly, my blood pressure doesn't change even at the higher heart rate. Whilst I'm not the fittest of people out there, I'm also not the unfittest, so it's a little frustrating.
We're looking and looking but the doctors don't have any answers. I'm slowing weaning off some medication that may be having an impact, but as I'm slowly lowering the dose, I'm not seeing any gradual improvement.
Let me guess Heroine - you're on a fruit-based IT device? It's a known bug that has happened to many of us. Try closing out of any forum windows you have open anywhere on any device and then go back into the forum from the main forums page, rather than refreshing the forum page in the actual page (if you get what I mean?).
As for goal-setting: I thought my goal for Paris (4:20) was modest and achievable and perhaps it would have been with more miles in my legs. I'm sceptical about this, though, given the pace I was able to sustain for longer training runs.
Nonetheless, with no further information available to me from the further heart testing, it looks like me and my high resting heart rate are going to be lifelong friends. This really makes things difficult. I'm usually at 120BPM when I start my run, so I'm missing a whole zone of training capability. With that limitation, I think the best I am probably ever going to be able to do is 4:30. Sounds pretty measly as a goal, but that's yer lot sometimes.
A serious case of low energy for me today - TD had to frogmarch me out of bed. 3 strong cups of tea, 6 ginger nuts and a peanut butter sandwich later and I'm just about functional. Blegh! Chances of getting out for a run at lunch time? Slim, but getting out the door fully dressed in kit will be the achievement.
Careful Rach - you've got the bug now! Next thing you know you'll be taking a job on a remote island in the British Isles just to be closer.
Amazing story Ken and Jo. I admire your tenacity in the face of adversity.
Stuchbury - Apparently the average high and low temps for the Duke City Marathon range from 2 to 20. I was surprised by this as I'm worried it's going to be a scorcher.
So I went for a little run at lunch today. There's nothing else to be said for it, other than it happened and nothing fell off. I tired quickly (lurgy hangover, I presume) and it seems I've acquired a nice new niggle in the top of my right adductor. I'm hoping it will be a mutually beneficial arrangement when I ask TD to massage it later...