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Heart Attack to 10K (part 1) - That fateful day.

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THAT FATEFUL DAY.
(Phase I – cardiac event)

With nothing better to do during that dull period between Christmas and New Year (or the Plymouth Argyle & Cheltenham Town matches as my fellow Chairboys & girls would remember it), I decided to go for a walk in the local countryside around the rolling Chiltern hills. Overnight it had frozen but the bright winter sunshine turned the early frost into a mist persuading me that it might make for some good atmospheric photographs.

So, on Wednesday 28th December 2016 I drove out to Bledlow Ridge, parked the car in a side road just after mid-day and set out with my camera on a 6.8 mile walk that by the time I returned to the car would become an adventure which I wouldn't forget in a hurry and ultimately have a dramatic change on the way I live my life. I had been meaning to walk the Radnage area for some time and with the afternoon bright sunlight low in the winter sky and the mist clinging to the valley floor it did indeed make for som…

RUNNING THE RIDGE FOR HEARTS & SOULS: LOCAL CHARITY APPEAL

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RUNNING THE RIDGE FOR HEARTS & SOULS: APPEAL

PLEASE DONATE HERE :https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runtheridge-heartsandsouls 

I’m again raising money in aid of HEARTS & SOULS having previously completed the London Bridges walk in 2017 and the Thames Valley Summer walk last summer, this time I will be running my first ever 10K race at the age of 61 ..... 25 years, 10 months and 1 day after my last race!

Hearts & Souls are a local voluntary run charity based in Wycombe hospital that fund the excellent cardiac rehabilitation classes which help around a 1,000 patients to recover from cardiac events each year in South Bucks. 

This part of the rehabilitation programme is not funded by the NHS and relies entirely on charitable and legacy donations to keep it free at the point of use at a cost of about £25,000 per year. This is not some high profile national organisation but a small local charity who rely mainly on a small pool of those who have been through the progamme to help…

Heart Attack to 10K (part 4.7) - Pushing the boundaries

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PART 4.7 - PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES
(Phase VI - sustaining a healthy life-style)

As we approach the 2nd anniversary of my heart attack in December 2018, I'm back at Harefield hospital for my next cardiology outpatient appointment were this time I was seen by the top man himself, consultant cardiologist Dr Dalby rather than one of his registrars or clinical nurses. I had a few points I wanted to get clear in my mind and he was certainly the right man to ask. 

The first was the issue of the beta-blocker [see part 4.6]. He sympathised with my GP and agreed it was probably better for me to remain on a low dose bisoprolol as my bradycardia (low heart rate) wasn't causing problems. But because I had shown signs of AF during my previous surgery [see part 4.4] and some erratic heart rates on my Fitbit, he wanted to put me on a 7 day ECG holter monitor before restarting the bisoprolol to try and catch the AF, saying the beta-blocker could have been suppressing the incidences on my earlier E…

Heart Attack to 10K (part 4.6) - Sub 29, attack of the AKI and 1 year old!

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PART 4.6 - SUB 29!, ATTACK OF THE AKI & 1 YEAR OLD!
(Phase VI - sustaining a healthy life-style)

I kick-off this blog still on a high from my two sub 30 parkruns from the previous blog [see part 4.5] .... I was on a roll and living the dream! 

But it was summer so we took a much needed a break and I enjoyed few days away from it all with the Mrs down in Looe on the south Cornish coast, this was always going to disrupt my training schedule but I did manage to at least get out for a daily early morning walk along the coast path to help keep up my average step count and make up for those fried breakfast's, eating out and a couple or more local ales. This was intended as a quiet get away but everywhere we visited I kept bumping into people who wanted to talk 'football', much the my wife's annoyance, but this was not really surprising as the Wanderers were playing in Plymouth that week and I wasn't the only Chairboy making the most of a few days in Cornwall. I think sh…

Heart Attack to 10K (part 4.5) - Pain in the bum, going senile and sub 30!

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PART 4.5 - PAIN IN THE BUM, GOING SENILE AND SUB 30!
(Phase VI - sustaining a healthy life-style)

Wednesday 13th June and I make my long awaited visit to hospital to sort out my backside. As covered in my previous blog [see part 4.4] this had been ongoing for some time and I had had this fistula on my back passage since at least last Oct. (I remember when I first started parkrun having to run with a bit of toilet tissue clenched between my buttocks to soak up any discharge!) but because of my heart medication, treatment had to be put on hold. After the failure of a couple courses of antibiotics the only remedy was minor day surgery and so here I was sat in Wycombe hospital feeling a little apprehensive due to my low heart rate waiting to be taken down to the anaesthetic room ready to be knocked out so that my fistula could be 'laid open'. I remember the face mask over my mouth and nose and thinking this isn't having much effect and then nothing until coming round in the reco…