Paris Marathon 2013

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  • Oh, and while I'm in work mode - sorry - smokers. Seriously guys? Stop.

  • What a cracking day...  image    Sunshine all day, no clients chasing me...  met Mrs DV for a coffee, now playing some of my favorite music ridiculously LOUD...   dinner soon, then out with mates for beers...  plus...  my old band, TMB will be back in the UK this week and playing in London on Friday and Saturday...  I'm taking my little boy to see them on Saturday...

    Love this sunshine....  everything seems so much better in the sun.....

     

  • Sunshine? Where's the sunshine? I've only seen rain today image
  • Iain Moore 2 wrote (see)

    Then, I agree completely with TD, asking/paying for specialist assessment is a good option.

     

    I had mine done because I was concerned about my very high heart rate (relative to my age).   The tests proved that the HRMs I was using (Polar and Garmin) were reasonably accurate and that for whatever reason I just have a very high heart rate.   Walking fast will make heart rise to about 140-ish...  I can run all day at about 190-ish and it peaks at 223.   I was still talking and running hard at 220.   By conventional calculations I should have been dead by then.

    The remarkable observation was just how quickly my heart rate dropped and blood pressure returned to normal...   this is also indicative of my ability to recover from long runs within hours.   After completing the heart rate stress test, both heart rate and blood pressure had stablised back to 'rest' conditions within 3 minutes.  I think the heart rate was back to normal after about a minute.

    The surgeon said my heart was exceptionally supple for a man of my age.

    I think I paid about £500 or thereabouts...   in all, it took a couple of hours and it was worth every penny.   Seeing my heart in 3D on a massive TV screen was surreal.

    Whatever I die of, it won't be heart disease....!   I've seen it...  and its fine.....

     

     

     

     

     

  • Hiya Bob image



    Been lots of chat at work today about marathons and death, especially as there are a few people running VLM. I think I worked out last year that for the London marathon there had been approximately 1 death per million miles run, which seems pretty good odds.



    Given that the yellow ball in the sky has started to reappear, can anyone recommend a good sunscreen that also includes an insect repellent and doesn't sweat off? I'm a fan of P20, but I always get bitten in the summer, and it would be good to have one lot of oily stuff instead of two.



    1T - good to hear about the bones. I know from family experience that osteoporosis can be an issue, so all that load-bearing exercise must be doing you good.
  • I'm also another one that's been tested privately. They did a 24 hour heartbeat monitoring and then full scans and exercise test. It was amazing to see and I honestly loved every second of it. Definitely worth the money but the main reason for reassurance was for my parents. They were scared by the reports of healthy youngsters dying and they wanted to make sure I wasn't going to keel over.



    I learnt that my biggest issue relates to my blood pressure which tends to be quite low.
  • Dark Vader wrote (see)

     .....my heart was exceptionally supple for a man of my age.

     

    That's it! The opening line of my pension-plan trashy TV movie... Thanks , DV. 

     

     

     

  • Emmy H wrote (see)

    I learnt that my biggest issue relates to my blood pressure which tends to be quite low.

    Emmy why is low blood presure a worry?  I'm asking because I have that, and so does my daughter.

     

  • Howdy TP - I mainly have issues during training with feeling lightheaded and if I'm having a bad day - I've been known to stumble a bit which can be dangerous.



    They were keeping an eye on it because it could be an wider indicator to a hereditary heart condition that a few members off family have.
  • Emmy: Do you faint a lot?

    DV: I had the same thing noted when I had the ECG halter monitor done last year.

    My average resting heartrate for the 24 hours was 98 bpm (though they did note that the results were suboptimal - the stupid electrodes kept sliding off my chest while I was asleep).

    I worried about it for a while and wondered whether it was worth further investigation, but the neurologist was so laid back about it that he was horizontal, so I figured it was OK. He glanced at the figures and said that the more important thing was whether my heart rate returned to resting rate quickly. I wouldn't be as fast as you, but I'll return to under 120 bpm from over 150 within about 10 minutes.

    IM: Have a look at TD's post at the top of page 754...Normal moniker returned now!image

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  • IM2: that was GNR2005. The 25th anniversary. I was there too. I got sunburnt and my finish time was 2.33
  • +1 for low BP. And sister..who tends to faint. I always think it gives me a bit of a head start in the usual, West of Scotland, high BP stakes..image

  • Thanks Emmy.  You look after yourself, but I am sure you are aware of what your body is telling you.  I sometimes get a funny sensation in my ears, it's not a ringing, can't quite describe it, it's like my balance is about to go and I feel dizzy.  I had that last Sunday in Paris, going past Maison de la Radio.  When it happens I put my head down when running and it goes.  Happens every now and again, had it this morning.  Hmm perhaps I should get it checked ... I've got a heart murmur but it's never bothered me.  The low blood pressure means I faint sometimes.  I once fainted at a concert and came round arriving at the hospital, which means I missed the lovely pompiers that had taken me there ...  Another memorable faint was at Murrayfield, when my brother disowned me.  Emergency services think you have been drinking, when each time it's happened to me I haven't had a drop.

  • ATM. - I agree with that! We could have our own porn film right here.



    She walks into the surgery to ask Iain Moore 2 to help out as her heart seems to be fluttering... I can see the posters now!



    Maus - only fainted once but that was during a private interaction with Mr Emmy... *Blush* but normally get incredibly light headed and dizzy. Dr said it was fine and encouraged me to eat salted crisps (I didn't mind!)
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  • TP - I've got a murmur too! That's a reason they want to keep an eye on the low BP as it can lead towards further complications (or so I've been told). I'm normally pretty good about it but I know when it's 'too much' as my body tells me very clearly. I think as long as you're sensible and listen to your body - that's good.
  • Emmy H wrote (see)
    ATM. - I agree with that! We could have our own porn film right here.

    She walks into the surgery to ask Iain Moore 2 to help out as her heart seems to be fluttering... I can see the posters now!

    Maus - only fainted once but that was during a private interaction with Mr Emmy... *Blush* but normally get incredibly light headed and dizzy. Dr said it was fine and encouraged me to eat salted crisps (I didn't mind!)

    Just remembered that happened to me too at uni, the bloke in question was a medical student and and he didn't know what to do ... thank goodness I came round before he called for assistance (all the medics were in the same corridor in our hall of residence, could have been even more embarrassing)  image

  • Knowing French doctors, they would tell me to stop running.  That is so not going to happen ... 

  • Really? I thought it was just me! I've never heard anyone else passing out. He made sure I was breathing and then started tapping my face. The things you learn on a public forum!
  • TP - have you had your heart murmer checked out?  Many are innocent flow murmers with no clinical significance, but the combination of fainting, low blood pressure and a heart murmer could mean something more.  Of course, if it's been checked, no worries.

  • Emmy H wrote (see)

    Maus - only fainted once but that was during a private interaction with Mr Emmy... *Blush* but normally get incredibly light headed and dizzy. Dr said it was fine and encouraged me to eat salted crisps (I didn't mind!)

    That had to either scare the cr*p out of him, or reinforce his Superman complex.

  • Dannirr, I haven't had it checked since it was discovered c1982.  I can live with the minor inconveniences, and would rather have low than high BP.  As ATM pointed out, we are in the minority amongst our fellow Scots.

    Emmy that's quite funny it happened to you too.  I've never told anyone that.  Colin from Llanbryde if you are reading this I'm sorry ...

  • Danirr- no idea. I think he was more concerned that I was broken!

    TP - I've never told anyone it either! Did you see him much afterwards?
  • I have never fainted.  Nor have I ever had private interactions with Mr Emmy or Colin from Fochabers.

    I do get the occasional fluttery thing where it feels like my heart has skipped a beat.  This has nothing to do with Mr Maj.  Or, indeed, Mr Emmy or CFF....

  • It fizzled out.  More due to the fact that he started seeing the girl in the next room to me ... that I had met on a Girl Guide camp in the south of England several years previously.  Thank goodness it never happened again.  The fainting I mean ...

  • Yer_maj - What a disclaimer!
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    Except it's now Colin from Llanbryde....

  • Sorry, I corrected that ... he went to school in Fochabers but lived in Llanbryde.  Which sounds Welsh but it is in Moray.  Last heard of living in Wales too.  Oh dear I hope Simon M doesn't know him ... or maybe you do YM ???

  • I kind of get the feeling that this thread is now entering uncharted territory.



    As it were.
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