Saturday, December 30, 2006

Not Really a Plan

For someone who has always taken their body for granted I find my current state very frustrating. The only thing I know is that my heart still beats faster when I exercise, my blood pressure is high and I feel low. I have now been on blood pressure tablets for four weeks and I think I have got used to them - not too many symptoms apart from a dry throat - and the pressure is coming down but nothing very dramatic.

I tried another run, the first for a month. This time a circuit of 0.3 of a mile. In 15 laps my average heart rate rose from 146 to 167 for the same easy pace!

After I finished I felt better and more relaxed. I did more stretching than normal and thought that the way ahead was a small amount of easy running combined with a better regime of stretching. Later in the day I read the data from my Polar and immediately felt depressed again. At the moment I think that being low could be part of the problem. I am drawing a black cloak around myself and hibernating.

It will be better when I know something more definite - but that will be some time. The echo cardiogram is not until February and I have just had a letter from the hospital saying that they are a bit busy at the moment and the cardiologist will get round to me some time or other. Ah well

In the meantime I need to re-establish an exercise routine. I think I will start with cycling. It has always been my default activity and it is that it is very easy to vary the intensity level. You can pootle along, admiring the scenery, or you can wind it up a bit. Mostly I will be pootling. Running will be governed by my hrm as I do not want my heart rate to go too high. This means it will probably be a mixture of the slow and the walk.

Usually at this time I would be setting some goals for the upcoming year. In 2006 there was a modest plan of two marathons - I failed completely. In April I had a chest infection and did not start and in October I abandoned. This year there will be no running targets, just the aim of keeping going, of getting out into the countryside, without any care for pace.


b-z said...

If i were you, id forget the HRM, and go by feel
just for a little while

High blood pressure will NOT be a contraindication to exercise-in fact just the opposite
its likelyto be the long lay off, and the fact that you are now less fit that is going to be causing the high heart rate

good luck

Thames Valley said...

Thanks for the good wishes you left on my blog. Pootling sounds a wise strategy under the circs. Good luck with it.

beanz said...

Sorry you are feeling down.

Pootling on both bike and foot seem to be the order of the day.

Take care.

Have a good new year.


C A D said...

Happy New Year HK


womble said...

Running will help keep your bp under control. Perhaps you could haveone goal for the year? A half in a time? but you are right in listening to your body, that is the most important thing. However, if it is shouting "I'm fine" then let rip :o)


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Adele Prince said...

Sorry to hear you have been unwell, I hope things are improving now. It sounds like you are doing all the right things, but have you thought about trying some yoga to help with breathing/relaxing/stretching etc? It might just make you feel a bit better too.

Take care x

womble said...

Popped in to see how you are. I presume, sadly, that you're still not so good. Thinking of you x

Faithful Soles said...

How has your running been going since your last post in December? I'm writing this on the 2nd of March and hope all is well and that your blood pressure has regulated by now. If you get a chance, please visit my running web site, Faithful Soles. I have a categorized and searchable Running Blog Database on there and would appreciate it if you would link your blog to it.