With a new found confidence that nothing was seriously wrong, I decided to run home after work. The run from the Perth CBD to Meltham Station was just over 6km. It would be a good, medium range run and after a pain free stress test what could go wrong?
And, true to form … nothing happened.
Perhaps it really was just heartburn which a few more doses of Gaviscon would fix and it’d be back to the normal life.
The exercise puts stress on the heart by increasing the speed and incline every 3 minutes. They also take your blood pressure and ask if you’re feeling any discomfort. Sounds easy but the incline gets you.
Blood pressure is good.
The test continues uneventfully and I step off.
Once again I have bettered the previous test without any discomfort. Which is weird because the last few casual runs have always caused discomfort.
June 3 Albany, Western Australia. Elleker half marathon.
I wasn’t ready for this. I hadn’t really prepared at all. And you just don’t decide to run a half marathon! But I’d paid my fee and it gave me an excuse to see my 90 year old dad.
We arrived late. I didn’t have a great warm up. We headed off for the 21.1km. But even without proper preparation it was a good run on a beautiful winter’s day. No personal best but also nothing that indicated what was about to come.
My wife came second in her event, winning fifty dollars!