In September had my first ever bout of AF and ended up in hospital for a couple of days to get it under control - it just came out of no where and I'm pretty sure my stressed reaction to it didn't help the situation. Over the last 3 months i've had a 24hr ECG, an echo and a treadmill test all of which have come back clear.
I have been running gently and started back seriously on the treadmill recently, plan is to run my first 5 mile cross-country on Sunday - although my wife isn't happy for me to do this I need to just to get back to feel relatively "normal".
I think for me, this happening out of the blue is the biggest thing to get over, if running can help me do that then i'm happy - it will just take time to get back to where I was before.
My first HM yesterday, did it running for the Brain Tumour Charity and had a chip time of about 2hours 15. Was aiming for about 2.10 so happy with that. The rain and the hills just made it all so much fun!!!
Very stiff today but strangely looking for other HM's to do later in the year. Just need to work on my training so can get a bit quicker.
So after running the Hayling Island 10 miler in just under 1 hour 40 on Sunday I have done basically a years training and running races. I just thought I would share my story if anyone is interested....
I started using the gym at my College last year in an attempt to get fitter and lose some weight - I knew I had to get fit as dieting would never allow me to lose weight I like my food to much!!! The gym's free and got me my confidence by running on a treadmill regularly. I signed up to do the Marwell 10k as a goal for my training. Once I was confident of running on the treadmill I started running on the roads locally to get more practice. I set myself the goal of doing the 10k in under 60 minutes and managed it in 59.13, it wasn't easy but the sense of achievement was amazing - so much so that I signed up to do the Wyvern 10k in Fair Oak pretty quickly after.
About this time I started to do the Frimley Lodge Park parkrun - a great way to start a Saturday and has really helped with my general fitness and running. I have done about 10 and my 5k time has fallen from 28.25 to 26.49 which is going in the right direction.
In total this year i've done 4 10k races (Marwell, Wyvern, Coalville and Fleet) and my pb after Fleet is 55.27, but I did throw up crossing the line - which wasn't great fun!!! I also got talked into doing the Butser Challenge - probably not the best run in your 1st year but it was amazing (both the weather and the race) and I finished it and will be back to try again next year.
I have had great fun this year and feel so much better in myself, it's just annoying that I never did this earlier (i'm 38), but I never had the self confidence and was always concerned what other people would think - now I guess I don't care. My only concern now is my 5 year old daughter who worries that I talk to women whilst I run and that's not fair on mummy.....
My aim from all this is to run a half-marathon by the end of next year and just basically continue to enjoy it. I know I will always think about my times and want to beat my bests but for me that's healthy. It's always fun 2/3 of the way round a race when you feel the pain but then at the end when you've finished it feels great.
My first 10 mile race, felt the same about the start, all of a sudden we were off!! Having been unwell for a couple of weeks after the Fleet 10K I hadn't really done the distance training needed but set my self the target of finishing in under 1 hour 40 and finished in 1 hour 39.57 so can't argue with that.
The wind was fun, the last two miles felt like treading water, but I did enjoy the extra distance from a 10K race, now need to put the time in on the road to bring the time down a bit.
Really enjoyable race with good marshalls and nice medal
Frimley Lodge Park 5k dropped my pb by about 40 seconds to 26.49 so second pb in a row, must have been running far to slow in the past!!! Funny that during the run I felt awful and thought I must have been running slow, but now I know that actually I was running faster then ever before..... All ready for the Fleet 10k next Sunday, better remember to change the clocks the night before.