It's officially been confirmed. I DO have a heart!
It's been an interesting week so far. It started first thing Monday morning at the Sports Med Doctor. I liked him - he really listened. Then he examined me and found a slight heart murmur. He wasn't worried but he did want it checked out just to be sure. He also made me get bloods taken again for a few tests to see if anything shows up. I did the bloods straight away but had to wait till today to have my heart looked at.
So this morning I rocked up for my echocardiogram. I had to get naked from the waist up then had ECG leads attached. Then it was pretty much just like an ultrasound, The sonographer was great. He's recently taken up running to lose a few kilos and last year ran his first 2 half marathons. I think he's hooked because he's lining up to do his first marathon this year. I did my best recruiting spiel and tried to convince him to come along to speed sessions.
At the end of about half an hour he told me that he found nothing particularly interesting. There's a slight regurgitation with one of my valves but nothing that would cause any problems. And the murmur is probably because my heart is so strong. So good news!
Meanwhile I have to wait till next Monday to find out the results of my blood tests. But the good news is that I'm allowed to run - I just have to take it easy. So yesterday's speed session was not very speedy and today's run was a very slow 7k where I just kept my eye on my HR monitor. I even WALKED up a hill to keep my HR down.
I was chatting to my brother-in-law about all of this on Sunday and he's recently done a couple of months of low HR training. The thing I took out of that conversation is that "you have to put your ego in your pocket" and just run to your goals. I used that phrase a lot this morning when my instincts made me want to run faster.
I'm really looking forward to next Monday and hoping the doc's got some interesting results - and that there's a magic pill that will get me back to close to where I was.