As a (generally) healthy seventy year old, I am thankful for twenty five years of running. With distances from 5k to 50k I have usually done my own thing when it comes to training and racing. However, after twenty months with Atrial Flutter, and a heart procedure (catheter ablation) ten days ago, I am intrigued to know what is going to happen next.
My running during this AF period has been mainly at speeds two minutes/mile slower than before. Can I expect to get back to where I was before? (allowing for the age difference)
My personal 'shame barrier' for the marathon, until three years ago, was four hours, but the Thames meander at end of August, and the Warsaw marathon at the end of September, took me five hours nine, and five hours nineteen, respectively.
About two years ago I was working on my 5k, trying to get it back down to 24 mins, but with AF I have not been able to get under 30mins.
I have no way of telling if this is of any interest to anyone out there, but if anyone wants to ask questions, take shots, whatever, please let me know. Am quite happy to go away, or to share what happens next.
Enjoyed an easy two mile jog on grass today, to check that there were no issues with the groin area, and slight bruising from the procedure. All comfortable.