I had a heart attack last Saturday evening.
Which was a hell of a shock, but might explain why I have felt like crap and been unable to run for several months.
It was almost amusing watching the Emergency Department doctor running through the heart attack risk assessment questions –
- Over 65 – No
- High blood pressure – No
- Diabetes – No
- Overweight – No
- Smoker – No
- Ever been a smoker – No
- Heavy drinker – No
- Stressed – No
- Family history – No
- Previous attacks – No
I could almost see them stop and ask why the hell I was there.
I have been home for a few days now, and am recovering well. They tell me that it was “only” a mild attack, which is a relief of sorts – I certainly wouldn’t want to experience anything worse, it was excruciating at the time. Apparently I should recover fully and be able run again in a few months.
So although this blog was set up with the sole purpose of chatting about my 5x50km efforts, if I celebrate my return to running with another crazy ultra-running scheme I will post about it here. I am in no hurry though. At the moment I am happy to just be breathing in and out.
Ann and our daughters Olivia, Antonia and Hillary have been fantastic. It would have been so much harder to get through this without them and the support I have received from our wider families.
Denise, Fiona and Noeleen are doing a marvellous job of keeping the business running while I am recuperating, and I have been humbled by the messages and support from my friends and business colleagues.
Sorry, this is meant to be a running blog. Check back in a few months to see whether I am dong any.