Saturday, April 26, 2014
I saw the cardiologist a few days ago. This visit was a follow up because I had a fainting episode during a recent long bike ride, and he was my doc at the hospital. He's also my DWs heart specialist, so I know he's good at what he does. But, he's not a sports doctor and it shows. I'm not confident he understands how, and to what degree, endurance athletes (no matter their age) train and prepare for endurance events.
However, he said I was in good shape, had a few small issues but I was okay to do my half marathon tomorrow. He cautioned that I not run at maximum effort, but rather I 'take it easy' during this race.
I will try to take that advice and not push too hard. But, I've found I'm already making mental compromises. I'm thinking I might take it easy the first half and then run harder towards the end. But, isn't that what I've been doing anyway? I do understand that I just need to take it easy this entire race, and I'm really going to try to do just that.
It will be a trail race, and a half marathon. I ran the course before, and it's pretty tough, with exposed roots, muddy open marshes, rutted trails and ankle deep water holes. Perhaps our drier weather the last few months will make fewer runs through water. I know how exhausted I was after doing it last year, so running it easier is a good idea regardless of my previous health problems.
Hoping writing this out will help me run more cautiously, and just forget about how long it takes me.
Will write up a report soon after completion.