Linwood parkrun and health update

Over the past few weeks I’ve been running 3 times a week around 5 miles. Most of my runs I have felt a lot better with very little chest discomfort so I feel things are moving in the right direction but it is not 100% yet.

I saw my doctor this past week to get the results of my blood test. The doctor was happy that everything was normal. Here are the results.

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My plan is to continue to keep running 3-4 times a week and hopefully the discomfort will eventually stop and I will be able to pick the distance and pace.

I’m still hopeful that I’ll be able to do the Tour de Helvellyn on Saturday 21st December.

Katrina and I are going down to Keswick next weekend as we have tickets for the Kendal Film Festival to see the Film Premier of ‘Behind the Scenes The Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race’

I had an email today from Joe Faulkner saying he had a couple of places on one of his navigation courses for next Saturday at Keswick so we have booked and I’m looking forward to it!

This morning I ran the Linwood parkrun. We did turn up last Saturday only to discover they had to cancel it because there was a big swimming gala at the On-X.

I did an easy warm up and felt okay so that was encouraging. I decided to start further down the field and take the first mile or so steady and see how I felt.

It is a bit tight for the first part so that made me run steady which was good and then once the path widened a bit I was able to get past a few runners until I found my place.

My stats show my 3rd mile was my fastest so again that was very encouraging. I could hardly feel my chest.

I was very happy with my run and time

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Photo from Linwood parkrun as I came to the finish

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Review of October 2019

This month has deliberately been an easier month as I’m trying to clear up the discomfort I’ve been feeling in my chest when I run.

I’m glad to report that I’m feeling a lot better and have been running without having to stop. The discomfort has not gone completely but it is so much better than it was.

I ran a total of 58.46 miles

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I’m planning to keep on running 3-4 times a week until the discomfort goes completely. I’m still hoping the take part in the Tour de Helvellyn on Saturday 21st December but we’ll see.

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Queen’s parkrun and update on health

Things have been progressing well over the past couple of weeks health wise. I took Ibuprofen for a week which was taken to reduce any swelling. This week I have ran Monday, Wednesday and Friday and each run felt progressively better.

I was able to run the whole way for each run as the discomfort in my chest was minimal. It has not gone completely but so much better than it was.

I decided to run the Queen’s parkrun this morning. This was the second event at the latest new parkrun to Glasgow. The added incentive is our church, Queen’s Park Baptist Church, is hosting a cafe after the run so we will be taking our turn to man the cafe.

It is a three lap course with 3 hills on each lap so it is definitely a hilly one.

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Katrina and I did a warm up lap which was a good plan as it gave us a clear idea of where the hills where.

I was keen to be sensible with my run as I didn’t want to push too hard and the pain in my chest to return. I ran with Katrina for the first lap and then tried to keep the pace up for the second and third laps.

I left Katrina on the first hill of the 2nd loop but she finished well and was also happy with their run.

I finished 54th (out of 263 runners) in 24:04. I was happy with my mile splits but the main encouragement was I hardly felt my chest so things are definitely going in the right direction.

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Here the results sorted by age graded …

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Katrina was 3rd overall if sorted by age graded so congratulations to her! We both have a time to aim for as we will be back to run again!

My plan is to continue to run 3-4 times a week for the next few weeks and hopefully the discomfort in my chest will go completely and I will be able to put a few weeks of harder weeks training before the Tour de Helvellyn in December.

I bought my road bike about 7 years ago and it needed a good overhaul so I took it to in Shawlands and Steve did a great job replacing the wheels and fixing all the issues.

I picked up my bike and rode home after the parkrun. It was like riding a new bike. I’m really pleased with it so thanks to Steve at Corner Bikes.



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Update after visit to the doctor

I went to see my Doctor on Monday and he was really helpful. He doesn’t think it is a heart problem but more likely the muscles around my rib cage. He’s prescribed ibuprofen for a week to help with any inflammation.

The Doctor also suggested I see physio for some ultra sound. I’m also getting my bloods taken but he isn’t expecting them to show anything unusual but it’s good to check.

The Doctor encouraged me to keep running as I have considered taking a break for a few weeks but I’ve decided I’m going to do some easy runs for the next few weeks.

I’m due to run the Jedburgh 38 mile ultra on Saturday 26th October 2019 but the way I’m feeling at the moment is that I would rather give it a miss and get this sorted out first.

It may well take a few weeks and this time of the year is a good time to ease off and get myself ready for the challenges of 2020.


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Something is wrong but not sure what

Ever since I started this blog in October 2006 I have tried to be honest about my running and how things are going. For the vast majority of the last 13 years (and for many years before I started my blog) I have enjoyed my running and it has never been a problem to get out and run.

Some runs have been more enjoyable than others but I can honestly say motivation to run has never been an issue and no matter how I felt I always got out and ran. I basically really enjoy running.

This afternoon I set off to do my 12 mile loop on the Gleniffer Braes. It was meant to be 15 miles but I’d already decided to cut it short which is unusual in itself.

After less than a mile I stopped, turned round and walked home. This is something I have NEVER done before.  I have decided I need to find out what is wrong as something is not right.

For the past few months within minutes of running I have an uncomfortable feeling in the centre of my chest. It is not as sore as to say it is a real pain. Uncomfortable is the best description and it makes me feel very sluggish and I often have to walk until it eases off.

The first time I remember this uncomfortable feeling was when Katrina & I were on holiday in Skye in April. One morning I got up early and went for a run and for the first time I had this uncomfortable feeling in my chest. I had never felt it before and the first thing that went through my mind was something is wrong with my heart.

I walked for a bit and it eased off. I took my pulse and it didn’t seem unusual so I ran a bit more and it seemed okay.

Over the next month I ran the Great Lakeland 3 day event and the 5 day Dragon’s Back. I only remember feeling my chest on day 4 of the Dragon’s Back near the start of the day but it must have eased off as I can’t remember it being a problem.

After the Dragon’s Back I didn’t run for over a week and then for the next 5 weeks I ran easy ever other day. I felt very sluggish for most of these runs but also the uncomfortable feeling in my chest was there for most of them. On some runs I would have to walk 4 or 5 times for a few minutes each time for it to ease off.

It was easy to explain it away by saying I’m still recovering from the Dragon’s Back and while there was some truth to that I now feel that is not the full answer.

I did a longer run two weeks before the Devil o’ the Highlands race. Here is my comment on strava

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I had to do a lot of walking on that run and it was hard going. I was concerned enough to go and see my Doctor the Monday before the Devil’s Race. He checked me over and said my heart and lungs all sounded good.  The Doctor said to keep an eye on it and if it didn’t improve to come back.

I ran the Devils race in very hot conditions. I started really cautiously and the uncomfortable feeling was there for the first hour or so and then it eased off and I finished the race fairly strongly.

I had a couple of easy weeks and then four weeks of harder training building up the Ochil 50 mile race. For the 4 weeks I ran 5 times a week totalling from 42 miles to 54 miles a week.

I felt my chest a few times especially early on in a run but it always eased off. I would say though that I wasn’t running as well as I felt I should be. My breathing felt harder for the pace and I was sluggish with no real spring in my step.

I went into the Ochil 50 with some concerns but I decided to take it really steady especially early on and hopefully it would be fine. My optimistic bias to the front!

For the first couple of hours I was aware of the soreness in my chest and I walked a lot more than I would normally but after the first checkpoint after 8 miles it felt fine and I was able to run the rest of the race with no issues at all.

That race was 2 weeks ago and since then I have run 3 times and each time I have had to walk as my chest felt uncomfortable. I’ve got to the point when I’m not looking forward to going out for a run as I know it is going to be uncomfortable.

As I said at the start motivation has never been a problem for me but I can honestly say I’m not enjoying my running at the moment.

I have been assuming my generally feeling sluggish and the pain in my chest are unrelated but I wonder if they are connected.

I’m due to run the Jedburgh 3 peaks in just under two weeks but unless I suddenly feel a lot better I think it makes more sense to withdraw. I want to find out what is causing this.

I have an appointment with my Doctor tomorrow and I’m going to be honest with how I’m feeling and hopefully he will be able to find out what it causing this.

Thanks for reading this. As with most of my blog posts I write primarily as a record for myself but I have always appreciated friends and family support.

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Review of September 2019

September was a good solid month as I put in a few weeks of good training before the Ochil 50 mile ultra at the end of the month. I ran a total of 193.35 miles.

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Sept graph v2

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Summary of my 50 ultras

The Ochil 50 ultra on Saturday was my 50th ultra since I started in April 2007 with the Highland Fling. I have made a short video which gives a summary of my 50 ultras.

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