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Over the past few years, I've done some marathons as well as a collection of other events (HM's, cyclosportives, multi day cycling events, triathlons, adventure races etc, you get the picture), but I've been told by my doctor never to do any more marathons.
I don't really want to get into discussions about the reasons why (it's related to an arrhythmia), please just take it that I'll follow his advice as he's not just one of the most respected heart surgeons in the country but has also done a load of marathons as well.
The problem is that I miss them (the marathons that is, not my heart palpitations) and it really sunk in for the first time last weekend when a lot of my friends ran the local marathon. I really missed the nervous anxiety leading up to it, the team spirit and the whole public adoration thing that only marathons seem to get.
I'm feeling a bit lost as to what to replace them with. I've always said that HM's are my favourite distance, but I'll still miss a full marathon.
I've been given the all clear for HM's and any Tri's up to and including Olympic distance, but I'm feeling a bit 'bleh' about them.
Can anybody suggest anything ? It seems that it's the combination of an elevated heart rate over the duration of the marathon that's the problem. When he told me not to do marathons, I had to bite my tongue to stop myself asking him if Ultra's would be okay, as I didn't want him to think that I was taking the pi$$.