Posted: 27/10/2014 at 13:16
Hi guys, how strange...just thought I'd have a lurk and see if the thread was still going strong and I'm being talked about! Nice to know I haven't been forgotten
Nell, Barry - a couple of fantastic times! You should be very proud of those...
I'm absolutely fine, but as AA said, I'm not running anymore. Had a funny turn several months ago - palpitations followed by nearly fainting (I've never even come close to fainting before) at work, and coming only a few days after a fit and healthy guy my age died in the Southend HM I ran, it kind of freaked me out quite a bit.
Had an ECG, which was fine, but decided to ease off the running, as I guessed it was sign of my body telling me I was overdoing it, and with the focus of marathon training gone, I ended up easing off a lot! I occasionally run for a couple of miles in the woods, but I think the days of pounding the streets are gone. To be honest, with all the stitch problems I'd been having in races, I was thinking of easing off after the marathon anyway as it was becoming very frustrating. My only regret is that I never got to run the marathon time I was capable of - my training at the time suggests sub-3:10 should have been doable (although there's every chance I would have been tempted by sub-3, gone off too fast, got a stitch and ended up crashing and burning and bitterly disappointed, so maybe it was a lucky escape!)
Take care guys and enjoy the running!