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December 2018

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Location:

Milton,GA,USA

Member Since:

Jul 27, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Ran all 5 of the World Marathon Majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin)

5 x Boston Marathon

Triathlete - sprint to half-ironman distance

Climbed Alpe d'Huez on my bike 

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to improve times on all distances from 5k to marathon

Personal:

Married with three daughters - each of them are recreational runners.

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Miles:This week: 6.00 Month: 136.85 Year: 1013.30
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66.850.000.000.0066.85
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2.000.000.000.002.00

AM -  2 mile walk with Finn before church.

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AM -  2 mile walk with Finn before work.

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AM - 1 mile walk before work followed by a yoga session online.

Did my nuclear stress test this morning and was hoping everything would check out as normal; but it did not.  Something in the stress portion of the test results has led my cardiologist to order a cardiac CT.  There was not a clear finding of a blockage, but instead an "artifact" showed an area of concern - thus prompting the need for more testing.  I was also told not to run until more testing rules out heart issues.  I was disappointed with the result, but at the same time, I actually felt really kinda bad yesterday and need to know what's going on and if it can be fixed. 

 

 

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AM - 2 miles walking on the treadmill followed by a yoga session.  Travel to India this evening. 

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Lost a day in travel from US to India. 

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AM - 3.5 miles of walking, in which I might have been seen to be jogging at an easy pace on the treadmill in my hotel in Mumbai after a lengthy journey.  Honestly feeling much better and could not help myself but to do a little running.  35 mins of Yoga afterwards.   

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AM - 3.75 miles on the treadmill in Mumbai- walked the first 10 -12 mins.  Lots of travel ahead. Off to Bangalore then back home after midnight.   

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Travel day

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So I had my Cardiac CT scan today.  Found a blockage.  Have to be scheduled for a heart catheterization - possibly this week.  

30 mins of Yoga in the evening. 

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AM - 2 miles of walk/jogging on the treadmill followed by a Yoga session.  

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No activity today - very early start for work and then commitments in the evening. 

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AM - 2.5 miles of walking outside with Finn and then a Yoga session.  Heart catheterization is scheduled for later today.  Hopefully things will go well and I can begin resumption of running in a little while.

  So I had my heart catheterisation this afternoon.   They found a 90% occlusion in my left anterior descending artery and inserted a stent.   According to my doctor,  I was very lucky to have gotten this diagnosed in time to have avoided a bad outcome.   Go figure — no family history, good cholesterol; non-smoking and an active lifestyle with a good diet.    Anyway the good news is the doctor says there is no reason why I can’t resume my running and continue to do marathons.  

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Had to stay overnight at the hospital and was not discharged until late in the day.  Have some restrictions for the first several days.  

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AM - 2.6 mile walk with Tracy and Finn and then a yoga session.  Feeling well.  

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PM  2 mile walk on the treadmill followed by a yoga session.  Feeling really well and antsy to get released by my cardiologist to introduce some light jogging/running soon.  

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AM - 2 miles of outdoor walking on hills with Finn and then a yoga session.  

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AM - 2.5 miles of walking outdoors with Finn and then a yoga session.  Feeling really solid now.  I check in with the cardiologist on Thursday to get a possible release to resume with some running.  

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AM - 3 miles of brisk walking with Finn followed by a yoga session (also with Finn who tends to disrupt). 

Saw the doctor later in the morning and was given the "thumbs-up" that I can resume with some running.  My limit is 3 miles per day for 8 weeks and then I can bump it up to 5 miles per day until the 90 day mark when I have a follow up visit to see how I am doing.  

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AM - 3 miles of actual running on the treadmill!  1 week post-heart catheterization and stent.   It felt great to be running again.  No issues at all that I had been experiencing prior to the procedure were present.  Feeling very blessed. 

Yoga session following the run.  Been doing this 30 days of yoga from a youtube video that my daughter suggested whilst I was not permitted to run.  Gonna stick it out to complete the course.  I kinda like it. :)

 

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AM - 3 miles outside in the rain with Finn before we drive to West Virginia.  

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AM - 3 miles with Riley in West Virginia along the Ohio River Trail.  Really cold.  Yoga afterwards. 

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AM - 3 miles in town of Moundsville WV with Riley before church.  Yoga afterwards.  

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AM - 3 miles this morning on the town streets in Moundsville WV.  Counted 3 “leg lamps” in house windows (from the Christmas Story movie).   I tried to test things a little bit.  Ran the second mile in 8:15 and the third in 7:15.  Felt really nice to open up.  Will need to work gradually for a while to reestablish my aerobic base.  

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PM - 3 miles with Riley on Christmas Day - easy effort - nice conversation.   Merry Christmas!

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AM - 3 miles with Riley in Moundsville WV along the Ohio River running trail. 

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PM - 3 miles on the treadmill after a long drive home from WV.   Yoga afterwards.

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AM - 3 miles on the treadmill as it was storming outside this morning.  Ran the last mile at tempo pace/HR effort.  Yoga afterwards. 

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AM - 3 miles with Finn on a rainy morning. 

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PM - 3 miles on the treadmill followed by some yoga. 

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PM - 3 miles on the muddy Milton Trail in a light mist/drizzle with Riley and Finn - who was completely filthy after we were finished.  Yoga after giving Finn a good scrubbing.

So - my quick year in review for 2018:

I had a decent year of running and training and racing starting off with a fun USATF Cross Country race in Tallahassee FL with Rob.   I had a couple of good 5k efforts and a nice 10k effort in Dunedin over St. Patrick's Day weekend.  

I ran 3 marathons - Grandma's, Chicago and New York.  I was only really trained up for Chicago and ran reasonably well after Richie dropped from the race - and ran a time that would have theoretically met the Boston Qualifying standard for my age at 3:27 but Boston was already full by then, and I am not certain that would have even gotten me in this spring anyway.  I will need to go a couple minutes faster with the new qualifying times next year.  My goal for next year is to get a qualifier for 2020.

I covered just over 2000 miles of training this year which is slightly down from last year, but I did have a significant health issue in November/December that contributed to that decrease with a 90% blockage in my LAD artery requiring a heart stent.  Thankfully I became aware of the problem with symptoms (jaw pain and general malaise in as little as 8 mins of effort) whilst running - and was persistent with my doctors who were thorough in their efforts - rather than being dismissive.  Really felt as though I dodged a bullet - especially when I happened to pick up Jim Fixx's Complete Book of Running one evening (at our family Christmas dinner - in a restaurant waiting area with a library) and recalled through a Google search that he died at age 52 of a heart attack - with the post-mortem noting blockages in three arteries including one of 95%.  He had a family history - father died at 43 after a heart attack at age 35 - but he never followed his doctor's recommendations to have a cardiac stress test even within a few months of his untimely death.   

I don't have a family history, never smoked and none of my annual physicals or labs gave any indication of a potential problem.  Given my over 40 years of running - I never even considered (and neither did my doctors) that I would be a candidate for coronary artery disease or a potential heart attack.  I guess you just never know...

But now nearly 2 weeks since my procedure - I feel great.  I have improved on my diet - which was not terrible to begin with - and I have been released to return to running (no more than) 3 miles per day for the next 8 weeks.   Barring anything unexpected - upon fully release from my cardiologists, I hope to resume my routine of training for at least 1 or 2 marathons later in 2019.  

Happy New Year!

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