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

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THAT FATEFUL DAY.
(Phase I – heart attack)

Being at a bit of a loose end and 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 I wouldn't forget in a hurry and ultimately have a dramatic change on my priorities and 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 …

Heart Attack to 10K (part 4.11) - Living in the lock-down

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PART 4.11 - LIVING IN THE LOCK-DOWN
(Phase VI - sustaining a healthy life-style)

"Nothings going to happen unless you make it happen."

It is now 20 weeks and counting since the start of the COVID-19 lock-down and although some restrictions have been eased, I am still working from home and trying my best to avoid close contact with any-one outside my own household. In all, for a relatively short period of time in semi-isolation it hasn't been without its own excitement and there's always something to write about.

The period hasn't been without my own medical incident, but nothing to major though. Right at the start of the lock-down I had a dental crown fall out and within a day or two the mating tooth filling broke away leaving two very sharp and jagged edges on the left side of my mouth, thankfully there was no pain. With the dentist closed for no telling how long there was little choice but to live with this.

Working from home and not going out anywhere has led to …

Heart Attack to 10K (part 4.10) - Coping with COVID-19 and what they say

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PART 4.10 - COPING WITH COVID-19 AND WHAT THEY SAY
(Phase VI - sustaining a healthy life-style)

"Nothings going to happen unless you make it happen."

This is a bit of a spontaneous short blog to pen how I'm feeling and coping during this Coronavirus pandemic (it is being written off the cuff so probably not very coherent).

Useful BHF pages:
Coronavirus: what it means for you if you have heart or circulatory disease ...... click hereWhat does coronavirus do to your body? ...... click hereCoronavirus and heart medication ....... click here As I write this (02/04/20), the UK has been in a lock-down for 10 days with no telling how long it will go on. This is to prevent the spread of the virus with only 4 valid reasons to leave your home - 1) to shop for essentials; 2) medical need or medication; 3) travelling to and from work when working from home is not possible or you are an essential key worker and 4) daily exercise - meeting with friends or family outside you own household …

Heart Attack to 10K (part 4.9) - 3 Years On, Ragged Radnage and Pete's bolus journey

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PART 4.9 - 3 YEAR'S ON, RAGGED RADNAGE AND PETE'S BOLUS JOURNEY
(Phase VI - sustaining a healthy life-style)

"Nothings going to happen unless you make it happen."

There are times when I think sod it, I'm just too tired and can't be bothered to carry on with this running malarkey and healthy eating. I just want to get back to a 'normal life' where I can laze around if I want and eat and drink as I please and to hell with the consequences and there are many times over the past year I have fallen to temptations way beyond the 'occasional treat', especially where food and drink are concerned.

It gets hard trying to stick to the plan but thankfully these feelings are only fleeting as I quickly remind myself of the incredible progress I have made in the last 3 years and more importantly the benefit's I hope they are bringing, there is no way I want to undo all I have done and feel guilty when I do give in to the odd indulgence knowing only too well …

Heart Attack to 10K (part 4.8) - Bling, bling, bling - two 10K's and a 5K

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PART 4.8 - BLING, BLING, BLING - TWO 10K's AND A 5K.
(Phase VI - sustaining a healthy life-style)

"Nothings going to happen unless you make it happen."

It's been a while since I last hit the keyboard and a torrent of water has passed under the bridge in that time and there's a fair bit to wade through, so I best crack on and not disappoint my reader ...

Throughout Jan to May 2019 on parkrun I hit my most consistent form yet with the next 12 runs, excluding tail-walking duties, all within the 27-28 minute band (except one) including 3 consecutive PB's at 27:40, 27:30 and 27:02 - I was on fire!!, the one and only run outside this time-band during the run was 28:01, just 2 bloody seconds too slow to keep the run going but I was gobsmacked at just how similar my times were becoming no matter how I ran or what the weather conditions, I can only put this down to the extra running I had started since Christmas.


I had started to up my distance training in preparation for …