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Long Race Tomorrow - Ready To Run


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.


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BIGPAWSUP 4/27/2014 11:07AM

    LISTEN TO THE DOCTOR AND YOUR BODY!!!

I'm happy, excited, and worried for you.

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THRIVE2DAY 4/27/2014 7:44AM

    Oh, my goodness! I pray you're ready for this. Many prayers for you. Hoping for a good report. Listen to your body and take it as easy as NECESSARY. Maybe you should have consulted a sports doctor too. emoticon

Blessings and well wishes for a good run!

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SEABREEZE65 4/27/2014 6:55AM

    It is getting warmer in FL and more humid..... as you well know.
Have a fun race. watch out for those roots.

AFM.... I have never discovered how much I can push myself. I think I tend to err on the side of caution although DH does not think so.

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ROXYZMOM 4/26/2014 9:43PM

    I hope you enjoy your race, taking all the precautions that everyone here has suggested. Listen to your body as you go.

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 4/26/2014 9:39PM

    I will be thinking of you... Looking forward to read your recap.
You are in inspiration to us all...

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STRIVERONE 4/26/2014 9:38PM

    Will you be running with a heart rate monitor? You are experienced. Even without one, I'm sure you know where your personal danger zone is and won't go there. Have a great race.

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RUN4FOOD 4/26/2014 9:28PM

    I get dizzy and sometimes get close to blacking out and on occasion my throat closes up so I can't breath. Today's run included for the dizziness. A couple of years ago had a whole battery of tests from a Sports Medicine Doctor, Cardiologist, Allergist and an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. Nothing wrong was ever found, so I keep running.
Hope you have a great run tomorrow with the challenge of not over doing it.

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FUTBOLREF 4/26/2014 9:22PM

    Good luck!

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MASRITE 4/26/2014 8:35PM

    Be careful and stay safe. Listen to your body and don't ignore it!! Can't wait to read all about it tomorrow!!

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BLUENOSE63 4/26/2014 8:18PM

  Remember to take salt tablets with you.....good luck and listen to your gut not your head!

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JACKIE542 4/26/2014 8:10PM

    Just be careful, and as the others said, drink plenty of water, and listen to your body.

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CHANGINGHORSES 4/26/2014 6:44PM

    Careful out there! It is hard to know what is right. Doctors must err on the side of caution and we do not want hear that.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/26/2014 5:57PM

    Glad you were cleared. Be safe, be well.

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NATPLUMMER 4/26/2014 4:33PM

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MBTEPP 4/26/2014 3:15PM

    Make sure you hydrate well today, and electrolytes in the morning before the race. That way you will reduce any problems due to dehydration. Then keep rehydrating in-race.

It is hard not to beat your time from last year, but try to let that go, and have a solid, fun run instead. Doc is letting you run with a caveat.

Good luck. I hope all goes as planned. You have worked hard to get to this point.





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ONEKIDSMOM 4/26/2014 3:08PM

    Hydration and fuel, as others have said, and taking "easy" seriously... a sound plan. And remember that the ultimate goal is to finish uninjured, with a smile on your face, wanting to do it again! emoticon Good luck... you make the third friend who's HM bound tomorrow!

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HILLSLUG98239 4/26/2014 2:54PM

    I'm delighted you feel up to a race.

My GP is a runner. That helps, because he "gets" how to talk to me. He knows it's pointless to tell me to not run or ride; much better to tell me to start off slow, listen to my body, and remember that if I want to do a big event down the road I need to stay healthy.

As I've said before, you didn't get to be the age you are now by being dumb. Listen to your body. You know it better than anyone else. If it tells you to slow down, you will. Because you can't do that next half-Ironman if you keep crashing out.

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MWWENSIN 4/26/2014 2:23PM

    Ultimately you get advice from your doctor's and you decide what course to take. It's hard when you're competitive to slow down. We'd all like that magical crystal ball to see outcomes before they occur.

Unfortunately, we have only imperfect advice and no crystal balls so we need to make our own decisions.

Good luck on your run which is probably over by now.

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REMEMBER2BME 4/26/2014 2:19PM

    I have no issues in this area. Try to just enjoy doing it. Remind yourself that you are there to "just do it", not to "race". Enjoy!

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CM_GARDNER78 4/26/2014 2:01PM

    Just make sure you do what is best for you!! Be careful, and most of all, have fun!! :-)

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MAESTROSHASHA 4/26/2014 1:50PM

    Just thoughts...

Are you friends with any endurance athletes in your area that could refer you to a cardiologist that has more of a sense of what's up with an endurance athlete? It's probably hard to find endurance athletes that need a cardiologist, maybe someone knows an endurance athlete who IS a cardiologist? Maybe chat up some fit looking folks at the medical tent and someone there knows somebody...

Have you taken precautions? I'm wondering if you have road id if you pass out, or how well populated the course will be? I'm not much of a tech person, but it seems like people have phones with tracking apps and stuff... Maybe a friend could "track" you in real time in case something happens. I don't know, maybe all of that is too much. But maybe it will spark an idea.

I'm no doctor, (and this is just my opinion which is surely worth less than 2 cents) but the thing I kept thinking after your last event was that the culprit is one of 2 things: Either extreme dehydration or extreme dehydration that pushed some hidden physical ailment to the forefront. I always hate when the docs find nothing as much as I hate when they find something, b/c I'm always left wondering if there is something they haven't found yet. Anyway, my paranoia aside - and I know you know this but I'm just gonna say it out loud anyway - Respect your hydration & electrolyte needs. Dehydration, seems innocuous, but is truly insidious.

Just be safe and take it easy! Dr. Sparks orders! LOL! I admit I'm being selfish - it seemed a long month not "seeing" you around as much after your event. Hate to see you have a set back.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/26/2014 1:39PM

    Be thinking about hydration and fueling plans, too, not just pace.
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