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Just a bit of general advice from you guys...
I run three times a week using my heart rate monitor, keeping myself between 70% and 80% for about an hour. I feel much better as a result, although I had a few red faced runs to begin with!
The thing is, although I have normal blood pressure, and I am overweight but healthy, before I started running I was a smoker and drinker and I had a resting heart rate of about 65. In the last three weeks since I started running it has dropped to 42, after a total of about 6 runs. I jogged into the chemist the other day before a run and was having a chat with the man in there and I looked down and my heart rate was at 45.
These figures are correct, I had a medical about 4 years ago and it was 48 then. I also after a few weeks have a hard time getting to sleep on my left hand side because my heart has become a lot louder... still the same 40-45 beats a minute, but, as if it's bigger, somehow.
Am I weird? Should I see a doctor? There's never been any medical history of heart attacks in my family, there's not been a single blood relation that has had any heart complaints at all, even the ninety year olds. What I'm worried about is if I run for the next few years, hammer out some interval training sessions and lose the three stone that my BMI says I should lose, where will my heart rate end up?
Any knowlege anyone has that anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated.