The Cardiologist

After any stress test you need to see your referring Specialist. I had made an appointment with The Cardiologist for the Monday following.

With no adverse results this was likely a quick visit.

Indeed it was.

We discussed the test. But we also discussed the pain I’d been experiencing on my runs. The runs were my real test, he advised, and they weren’t going well.

“But we’ll do an angiogram and see what that tells us.”

“At least that will rule that out,” he said.

And so an angiogram was planned for the Wednesday.

July 2

Note: an angiogram is not a message delivered by someone called Angie! (boom-tish!)

That Run

Note: possibly longer than 100 words today, but not by much. Ok, double that!

It was time to put the past behind me and get back into training. Sunday is long run day and today was 8km. Easy!

West Coast Drive is a great place to run so I headed there. Starting at Trigg Beach I headed north, into the wind, so I had a tailwind on the way back.

It’s an easy run – 4km out, 4km back. Done and dusted.

About 2.75km in the chest pains began again but, you know, heartburn.

Then it grew to the neck and jaw (angina?) and then a crushing headache. I stopped to walk and take stock of what was happening. I decided it maybe better to call it quits, giving up on the 8km.

But, you know, f*ck it, if I have to walk to complete 8km, I’ll walk.

So I continued on and the pain subsided. Happy days.

After a while I decided it was okay to run again but after 500m all the symptoms came back.

Walking eased the pain again so I finished off by walking the rest of the way. No matter the 8.0 km was done.

July 1

It’s only heartburn!

I’d never taken Gaviscon before. Tastes okay.

I’d started to feel some chest pain during my training. First there was the early high heart rate. Now the chest pain. You’d think I’d put 2 + 2 together. Nope! It’s probably just heartburn.

To be fair, the pain subsided and I did finish off my run really well. I didn’t mention it to the FBH*.

I rarely make notes in Garmin Connect but I made one on that day: “Had to double up today cos I missed Friday. Onwards! :)”

I thought no more of it. It’s now June 23.

*FBH – Far Better Half

That’s Weird

After the Elleker Half Marathon it was time to start training for Munich. Start slow. Build up. Nice and easy.

The first indicator there might be a problem was a heart rate of 168 early in the run. That’s the rate you hit after quite a few hard kms. But it settled down and on I went.

That’s a bit weird!

No issues other than the awkward heart rate at the beginning.

The next run the same. The increase lasted a little longer but it settled eventually. Was I living on borrowed time?

At this point, what was to come didn’t even enter my mind.