Wednesday, June 17, 2015

First Run in Over 3 Years

Yesterday, I went on my first run in over 3 years. I decided the night beforehand that I was going to sign up for a half marathon in October (in Napa) and a marathon in February (in Huntington Beach). Thus, my training began yesterday with a three-mile jog. I was able to jog the entire way and was rather proud of myself regardless of the fact that it took me 41 minutes to do so.

Last September, I had a surgery. It was to correct palmar hyperhidrosis. The reason why I mention this is because, prior to the surgery, I always had an extraordinarily high heart rate. For instance, the day before the surgery, my heart rate was around 95 beats per minute. The day after the surgery, the doctors measured my heart rate once again, and it had lowered significantly to a normal range, averaging around 65 beats per minute. I've always had low blood pressure, so that was not the issue and did not change. I think that this is significant because, prior to my surgery, whenever I would run, I would always feel trashed quite quickly.  I could hardly breath, and I would get really, really hot.  My entire face would turn cherry red even if I had only been jogging for a couple of minutes at a slow pace. Yesterday, however, I didn't feel this way. It was different. I think that having a much lower heart rate may make a difference as to whether I can return to running and possibly even enjoy it.

So, today, I am suffering from some blisters but nothing that won't heal soon. I also ran with my five-finger shoes, and that was great. I'm going to get back on this horse. I'll let you know how it goes.