Magic legs

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I joined the National Geographic Channel’s 21-km run yesterday and clocked my PW (Personal Worst). Unofficial time = 3:46, haha! But I don’t feel bad at all. In fact, I feel great.

Imagine, these almost 50-year old legs crossed the finish line without any pain or cramping. Ordinary you say? Well, how about if I tell you that the last run I had was 62 days ago? Yes, I ran The Bull Runner Marathon on February 22 and then after that, NEVER laced my shoes again until yesterday.

And then about ten hours after that, I had to attend a formal dinner and had to wear heels. No problem.

Magic legs!

P.S.

I think the magic is good for one run only. Diligence, I need you…..

Whew, I finally got my race kit!

I planned to get my kit during the marathon send off dinner last Wednesday. But while hubby and I were on our way there, a bus hit us on the left. P1090847P1090848

Race kit redemption postponed.

This afternoon, as I was on my way to claim it at The Athlete’s Foot at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC), ¬†I car hit me from the back!

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I had to go to the police station again and thought I’d probably just get my kit on race day. Good thing hubby came (my knight in shining armor) and took care of things. After 15 minutes, no more problem.

Off we went to get my kit!

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At last!

Whew!

S&R was just across the street so we felt like it was calling our names and whispering, “Come…have…a pizza…you deserve it…”

We couldn’t resist.

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Garlic shrimp for him, cheese for me. Fat and carb loading!

All’s well. I got my kit and the marathon’s on.

Thank God ūüôā

How did I get into this marathon thing again? – the history

I was a sedentary, spend-the-whole-day-at-work-and-home person until…

4 years ago – I watched my brother join a run and saw how upbeat everyone was and so, the running bug bit me.

Photo credit: Pinoy Fitness
Photo credit: Pinoy Fitness

10 weeks later, I joined my first 10km run.

Rexona 10 km Run, July 2011

(Read stories here and here.)

3 years ago- I ran my first full marathon (See summary of my first year here).

Dream Fulfilled!  (Nephews Gab and Coy run with me to the finish.)
Dream Fulfilled! (Nephews Gab and Coy run with me to the finish.)

2 years ago-  I wanted some variety so I shifted to Filipino Martial Arts. I did very little running.

with my instructor, Master Cris Pasindo
with my instructor, Master Cris Pasindo

6 months ago- Hubby, conniving with our good friend JN and my sisters, Jehan and Sandi, ¬†registered me to The Bull Runner Dream Marathon (TBRDM) 2015. At first, I protested saying that I’m done with that marathon (which is, in case you don’t know, the first and only marathon in the world that caters exclusively to first- and second-time marathon runners.)

But a few days after that, I changed my mind and excitedly confirmed my registration by personally paying the fee.

Photo credit: tbrdream.com
Photo credit: tbrdream.com

 

After paying the fee, I trained…not.

4 months ago- hubby convinced me to join a running group coached by champion triathlete Jojo Macalintal (fondly called Jomac). He analyzed my form and technique and I learned that I had to change a lot of things¬†“Coach, I’ve been running the wrong way all these years!” I said. “Well, it’s not really wrong, it’s just not efficient,” he answered. Oh my coach, always mild-mannered and encouraging.

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Mondays are for core training, speed ladder drills, and run techniques

Anyway, since my running was very inefficient, I was embarrassed to tell him that I registered for a marathon. I kept it a secret until..

1-1/2 months ago – I told hubby that I was backing out from the marathon because I felt that I was just beginning to learn how to run well. He sort of said “Okay, if that’s your decision”.

The next day he told coach. Instead of my expected “I-can’t believe-you-had-the-gall-to-think-you-can-run-a-marathon” reaction, coach shook his head and said¬†“Sayang naman. Maganda ang TBR. Kaya mo naman tapusin yun. Enjoy mo lang.” “Ahh, okay,” I nodded slowly, not really convinced.

Anyway, from that time on, he gave me a specialized training plan (actually, a cram plan) which I tried to follow diligently.

Mondays are for the drills. Tuesdays are for the actual runs
Tuesdays are for the actual runs. (Coach Jomac is the one in front wearing the Brooks shirt)

2 weeks ago- I ran my first organized run in 2 years. Before that I said that that 21-km run would be the gauge if I’ll push through with the marathon. And much to my surprise, I finished, not fast, but strong and happy :). Read the story here.

Me with my sisters who ran their 3rd marathon
Me with my sisters Sandi and Jehan, here with their 3rd marathon medal.

And so today, Monday, at 9 AM I said, “That’s it, done with the last training drills before the marathon!”

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What’s ahead:

  • Tomorrow, Tuesday, I’ll run one hour, easy.
  • Wednesday, 40 minutes, easy.
  • Thursday, 30 minutes, easy.
  • Friday, rest.
  • Saturday, 20 minutes walk plus dynamic stretches.
  • Sunday, MARATHON!

Do you think I’m ready? We’ll see.

 

 

 

 

 

Marathon’s in 13 days and here’s my workout

Since I’m already cramming, the plan is that I will have no taper and¬†the marathon will just be like a regular long run.

This morning’s workout:

I. Warm up – 1 kilometer slow run

II. Core workout – twists, rotations, leg raises, crunches, plank, spider.

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III. Speed ladder drills

This part is high intensity. It’s difficult but I like it better than the core workout.

We use three speed ladders one after another and do something like this:

IV. Run

“This run should be much faster than your marathon pace so that you will be more flexible. Remember to breathe correctly,” said coach in his usual soft spoken manner.

I don’t remember how coach Jomac writes the instructions so I just wrote it like an algebra equation.

8 x {[(40 seconds FAST RUN+ 20 seconds SLOW RUN) x 4] + 1 minute WALK}

Four rounds of 40 seconds fast run followed by 20 seconds slow run. After the fourth rep, walk 1 minute. Do this 8x.

Total: 36 minutes.

That’s it for the day. The whole workout took 2 hours.

I felt great and couldn’t help celebrate the fact that I have strong legs! Oh yeah ūüôā

Tomorrow, ¬†my assignment is a 2-hour marathon pace run with the last 10 minutes faster (“as if you’re approaching the finish line”).

Ok. Looking forward.

I just really have to sleep early ¬†ūüôā

 

 

Condura Skyway Marathon 2015, you stoked me!

 

ConduraMarathonHow it began

Three days before the Condura Skyway Marathon (CSM), I was doing some early evening grocery shopping when I got a text message from my sister Sandi telling me that she got me a race kit for the 21 km in Condura! “HUWATT???” I screamed by text. “I’M NOT PREPARED! MY LONGEST RUN SO FAR WAS 16KM! YESTERDAY!”

“You can do it. Just consider it a regular long run,”¬†came the cool response.

I didn’t know what to say… I was excited and scared at the same time….

I don’t know what came over me because in a second, I said,¬†“I better go home now and sleep!” I pushed my grocery cart faster because I wanted to sleep early so I can cram an early run the next day!

But the next day I felt that my legs have not fully recovered from my 16km run so I just walked for an hour or so.

“Que sera sera. What will be will be.” If I couldn’t finish the run then so be it. I was not too excited about it.

A few hours before the run

Sandi, and our good friend from Cebu, Rex, and I, decided to go early to Jehan’s house because it was near the race venue. On the table was a buffet of boiled camote and saba, whole wheat herb bread and butter, crispy pretzels, black rice, and chicken tinola. We also had had hot chocolate and milk. I had a bit of everything and then tried to sleep.

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The three of them were to run 42km and their gunstart was midnight. So at 10:30, we all started preparing.

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Inside my hydration belt were Gatorade and boiled saba.

I don’t know why we took so long but we were able to leave the house at 11:30! The starting line was probably just about 5kms away from the house but oh my, traffic was heavy as we were approaching the Las Pinas-Zapote road! There was a lone traffic policeman trying his best but the traffic was simple very slow. Three lanes were occupied by those going towards Zapote and that left only a single lane for us going to Filinvest. Jehan was driving and Sandi was getting a bit agitated.

“Han, bilisan mo!”

Jehan: Don’t worry there’s plenty of time…

Sandi: What if we just go down here and run to the starting line? We can let Inday drive.  (Inday is my Ilonggo name.)

Me: ¬†Nooooo, I CAN”T DRIVE MANUAL!

Everybody: Groannnnnnn……..

Anyway, what happened was when we moved a bit, Jehan turned left on a ‘no-left turn” road and so we made it to the parking lot near McDonalds within minutes. The three of them went down and ran. I followed with my camera.

What I noticed first was there were lots of portalets. Rows of them and I tried one. Wow, are these portalets bigger than usual or did I just lose weight? Nice thought. ūüôā

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On the left are portalets galore!

After watching a few waves released, I went back to the car and slept. I had over three hours before our 3:30 AM gunstart.

I slept soundly and at 2 AM, I woke up, went to McDonald’s and got a cup of steaming brewed coffee (I needed that) and a cheeseburger (I didn’t need that).

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Anyway, because of that meal I was late for my wave ( C ) so I just stayed with wave H.

Anthony Suntay was the emcee and I liked him because he didn’t do those “trying hard to be cute and lovable” spiels. I guess it’s because of the grim situation we were remembering. ¬†For each wave, I listened as he gave the announcements and instructions:

699 race officials… 13 ambulances… 25 hydration stations…buddy system…If you need help… and,

“There will be 44 policemen each holding a photo of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) trooper who died. When you see them, please give a long salute.

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Photo credit: multisport Philippines magazine

The run

When they released my wave, I ran, and before I knew it there was that SAF line to the left of the runners.

I continued running but saluted and looked at the line from my lateral vision. OH MY! It seemed to take forever! The line was long! Way too looooooong! Forty four is a lot! Too many died!

Photo credit: spin.ph
Photo credit: spin.ph

Yes, many police and military men die in action but this case was different because there were just too many questions left unanswered. My tears fell and I wished I had tissue to wipe my nose. I realized that many policemen are underrated and under-appreciated.  I vowed to change my attitude about them.

Anyway, it was a great run. ¬†The skyway gives you a unique high. I was glad that it was well lit as my night vision is poor. I grinned to myself when we passed the toll gates. ¬†Wow, this is something you can’t do the rest of the year! Savor the moment!

Hydration stations were long and there were enough ice-cold Summit water and Gatorade for everyone. Very good.

The air was cool  and made more so by the soft wind from Laguna Bay. But I still got an ice cold wet sponge when I saw that there were lots and lots of them. I wiped my legs, arms, and faceРin that order! Using the same sponge! Hahaha! Yuck.

I did the run-walk interval  and felt strong. I thought I had a pebble in my right shoe but after a few kilometers, it was gone.  I thought that my ankles and shins hurt but after a kilometer or so, they were fine!

There were only a few distance markers. I suppose that’s because many runners now have those hi-tech gadgets with GPS that measured distance. Well, I didn’t have that so I just relied on the toll gates. Alabang…Sucat…Bicutan…and then the u-turn. Yay! It was still dark. My throat felt dry because of the cold but I didn’t mind at all. I felt strong and upbeat. I remembered phrases Coach Jojo Macalintal always used:

Run light.

Swift feet.

Mind your breathing.

Check your form.

But what really kept me up was the repeated remembrance of Sandi’s battlecry: “Finish Shtrong!” Ok, YOU try saying it without pausing between the words. FINISH STRONG!

See? Sandi has perfect teeth but the first time she yelled it, it sounded as if she had poorly fitting dentures. FINISH SHTRONG! It was so funny! And because of that I felt strong and amused. I ran faster towards the finish and more so when a woman who had more gray hair than I overtook me.

When I crossed the finish line I raised my arms and smiled a big smile. I was happy with my time and even thought that I could have done better if I snaked my way through those walkers who hogged the way.

Great run. Great run!

I got my medal from these Army soldiers increasing my runner’s high further.

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Whereas before I was sluggish and wanted very little to do with organized runs, things have turned 180 degrees.

Condura Skyway Marathon 2015: You’re big and meaningful. You stoked me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first trail run

What??? It’s November already? Time really flies when you’re having fun.

Well, well, well, I had my first trail run! And it wasn’t just in any trail, it was in ¬†Mount Pinatubo, the beautiful but at one time very destructive volcano. ¬†Running on volcanic ash and debris kept me alert the whole time and I totally enjoyed it!

I say this because, in road runs, I sometimes struggle with boredom and go on automatic mode putting one foot in front of the other.

Volcanic ash and debris (lahar) mixed with river sand. Some parts are soft, some concrete-like. Uneven. Interestingly challenging.

It was painful to remember how horrible this lahar was in 1991. Images easily come to mind: Hot lava, ash, rocks and boulders destroying lives, land, and properties.

Twenty-one years after, the  desolation is still evident. At least, plants have re-grown in many areas.

Blind runner Aga (with black cap) and his teammate and guide Gado impressively navigate the unpredictable.  Read about them here
This river rises when it rains hence the big bridge beyond.

Ninety percent of the run was in the river. Towards the end, we had to run single file through tall grass.

Hubby.
Icing on the cake: Finisher’s medal made of clay and lahar.

Yay! I’m almost 47 years old and I just had my first trail run! I think not a lot of people can say that.

So we had to celebrate…

A Mount Pinatubo replica. Three layers of different chocolate ice cream varieties, topped with chocolate chips and nuggets with overflowing chocolate and strawberry syrup, extending beyond the bowl.

Poignant.

In four days, I’ll run a trail full of memories

I blinked my eyes, surprised and confused at what I saw. My duty as a medical intern just finished and it was the first time in 24-hours that I went out of the hospital. ¬†This was in 1991 and we still didn’t have¬†cellphones, iphones, Twitter or Facebook. Most of us didn’t have cable TV with CNN either. ¬†So I wasn’t prepared for what I saw.

Photo credit: nl.wikipedia.org

It was already eight o’clock in the morning yet the sky was dark and everything was covered with a white material I wasn’t familiar with. It was as if we had a snowfall. (Note: The Philippines is a tropical country and we NEVER have snow.)

Then I heard the BAD news: Mount Pinatubo, a volcano fifty miles north of Manila has erupted. That white material was volcanic ash.

Actually, there were volcanic explosions occurring since about two months back and people already started to evacuate. 

Maybe it was my youth or my very difficult intern job, but I wasn’t aware about those things.

On June 15, Saturday, Mount Pinatubo erupted.  Lasting nine hours, it was the second largest volcanic eruption on earth in 100 years. 

A giant cloud rose twenty miles in the air and spread a 2-inch layer of ash and sand over a 30-mile radius. The air filled with white ash so thick it reduced visibility to almost zero.

Photo credit: explorevolcanoesnow.com

¬†Look at this world-famous photo. I’m happy to say that the photographer lived to show it to us ūüôā

Photo by Albert Garcia, photo editor of Manila Bulletin. He won the grand prize in the prestigious World Press Photo Contest, a first for a Filipino photojournalist, for his compelling shots of Mt. Pinatubo‚Äôs fury. This photo was chosen as one of Time Magazine‚Äôs ‚ÄúGreatest Images of the 20th Century.‚ÄĚ National Geographic Magazine included it as one of ‚ÄúBest 100 Pictures of the 20th century‚ÄĚ.

To make matters worse, we also had Typhoon Yunya. The volcanic ash mixed with rain and then carried by the wind blanketed Luzon, the Philippine’s biggest region. More than 800 people died and the economic destruction was staggering.

That day, June 15, 1991 became known as Black Saturday.

I remember this painful incident because four days from now, I will be joining the Mount Pinatubo Trail Run.

I’ve done a full marathon, four half-marathons, and many shorter races. ¬†But, this will be my FIRST trail run.

This is what awaits me:

Mount Pinatubo Crater. Photo credit: tonetcarlo.wordpress.com.

 

The crater at a closer view. Photo credit: pinoyphotography.org
River crossings. Photo credit: runvocate.blogspot.com
Sapang Bato Trail, Pinatubo.Photo credit: jazzrunner.wordpress.com

I’m glad I registered for this race. ¬†It’s going to be an extraordinary event I’m sure. For then we will run remembering that painful event in our history. More importantly, we will run appreciating how resilient the Filipinos are:

often hurt, but not crushed;

sometimes in doubt, but never in despair;

and though badly troubled at times, not destroyed.

Enough

If you are an athlete, would this excite you?

It sure excited me before.

Not anymore.

Let me tell you why.

About two years ago, I fell in love with running. Along with that came a love for buying everything related to it: shorts, shirts, socks, shoes, caps, books, magazines, etc, etc. It was so delicious seeing my collection grow.

Add to that all the free shirts and accessories given by the many races I joined.

Of course, I saw how overflowing my closet  quickly became: how I had to push shirts into the drawers because they could hardly fit there anymore and how I had to dump some of them on the floor before I could find something to wear for my morning runs.

I didn’t mind the stress. I was having fun!

Then  one ordinary day, I looked at the hodgepodge and told myself:

ENOUGH.

After a few minutes of sorting, I had tall piles of shirts and shorts. Those that didn’t fit or I didn’t like quickly filled up one large trash bag. They will be given to anyone who wants them or sold in a garage sale sometime soon.

I’m still left with a lot. I’m going through them again within the next few days to see which ones I can still do away with.

Meanwhile, my closet is neater and finding something to wear in the morning is easier.

And in a weird sort of way, now that I have less, I feel more abundant.

Really.

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Related posts:

Only the useful or beautiful

Our simply abundant kitchen

Other interesting reads:

A Practical Guide to Owning Fewer Clothes by Joshua Becker

Project 333 by Courtney Carver. An experiment on how to live with only 33 items for three months

7 Steps to a Minimalist Wardrobe by Francine Jay

Favorite Clothes of Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn

I Love Trail Biking!

Okay fine, I don’t. ¬†At least not yet ūüôā

Yesterday, I had my first taste of trail biking and I can’t say that I loved it.

Would you love three hours of biking in Timberland Heights‘ ¬†muddy, rocky, slippery trail that went up and down forever?

Here’s a recap:

6 AM power breakfast:

Rolled oats slow cooked in chocolate soy milk, with bananas and peanut butter topped with cinnamon and almond slivers. Hot. Filling. Delicious. Healthy.

8 AM — bike loading time. My bike was placed inside our car ( front wheel dismantled). Hubby’s bike is loaded to his buddy’s car bike rack.

Dar, my baby sister’s hubby. Since the two are avid bikers, they already have a bike rack.
Note the very clean bikes.

Off to Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal.

My baby sister Lis and Dar in their bikers’ outfit and gear. Mine is still a compromise: biker’s helmet, gloves and knee/shin guard; runner’s shirt, shorts, hydration belt, shoes.
Biking buddy Kirk lightens my newbie’s tension with his clown tactics.
Here we go! Look at the rocks on the foreground. Those are small compared to the ones ahead. Very difficult to navigate.
At a pit stop, we see some of our Bull Runner Marathon batchmates trail running.
Slowly navigating through slippery puddles as wheels are stuck in the thick mud.  Ahead are my kind buddies waiting for me. Most of them just charged through the puddle (above the ankle water level).

After about two hours, we arrived at the Pestano’s House, an al-fresco restaurant in the middle of what felt like no-where.

Famished! Hubby and I, who are supposed to be vegetarians, enjoy our meat-lover’s breakfast– eggs, fried milkfish and longganisa (native sausages), with extra rice!

Hmmm, I have to plan for our midtrail meal next time.

After the meal, there was another hour of biking back to where we started. Thankfully, we passed through an easier path.

Then just about 500 meters before ¬†we reached the parking lot, I had a big stumble! There was a big rock and I didn’t know whether to brake or ride through it. I braked and flew forward. OUCH!!! My arms and hands hurt because I tried to break my fall. (Note to self: Study how to fall properly.)

That’s okay. No broken bones.

Finally, I finished! Yay!!

Hubby, proud of his wife (Of course, he’s biased! Hehe)¬†
Look at how dirty everything is now.

To conclude…

  • Did I enjoy trail biking? No, not really, haha! I was tense most of the time. Although admittedly, there were brief moments when I felt young and oh soo alive ¬†ūüôā
  • Would I do it again? YES! So that bike trail cannot say that it reduced me.

OH, YEAH!

Dear Timberland Bike Trail,

That’s the way you want things huh? I’ll be ready for you next time. In fact, NEXT WEEK!

Sincerely yours,

Tired-to-the-max first timer

Hubby, Hypertension, and Dr. Dimples

As I said in my previous posts (click here and here), my runner-hubby has just been diagnosed to be hypertensive.

This morning, he had his first check up with a cardiologist, Dr. N. G.  Thankfully, he was very knowledgeable about hypertension in athletes.

Also, he had the cutest dimples. Too bad I was too shy to ask him to pose for my camera. I should have explained that it was for this post. ¬†After the check up, I asked hubby if he thought the dimples were cute. ¬†He said he didn’t notice. Haha!

Hubby’s cardiologist’s dimples look like these! Really!
Photo credit: zimbio.com

Anyway, hubby’s ECG, Stress Test and Laboratory Tests are all within normal except for a slightly elevated Creatinine (See below).

Diligently, hubby came prepared with his five questions:

1. Why did I develop hypertension despite the fact that I exercise regularly?

Genes, age, diet, excess weight, stress.

2. If I have to take medications, will they affect my running?

Dr. Dimples prescribed Telmisartan.

  • Its side effect profile is favorable for athletes
  • rarely, can cause a sudden decrease in BP after exercise potentially leading to dizziness or fainting (so a cool down is imperative)
  • effect can be decreased by Ibuprofen (hubby’s favorite medication for his muscle pain)

3. Can I still run? 

  • for the next 3 weeks, closely observe your BP response to the medication
  • if hypertension is controlled, you can run as before. (This made hubby very happy!)
Hubby got one of these on his first marathon. He wants to add a second before the year ends.

4. What should I do about nutrition? Hydration?

Follow the DASH Diet

  • more vegetables, fruits, whole grains,nuts, ¬†fish, chicken
  • no or very little red meat, sweets, added sugar, sugary-drinks
  • maximum of four egg yolks a week
  • low salt (sodium not to exceed 1,500 mg/day). Refer to pages 22-26/64 of the¬†DASH Diet¬†booklet.

Note: The lower your salt intake is, the lower will be your BP.

For hydration:

  • Water, Sports drinks okay
  • Do not take potassium supplements ¬†or salt substitutes containing potassium (Telmisartan already increases potassium in the body)

5. Will I ever be cured of this?

  • We hope so.
  • However, studies are not on your side: Because of the hardening of tje arteries due to aging, patients in their 50’s usually have to take meds for life. ¬†(Hubby is 49).

Addendum:

Creatinine is slightly elevated.

Creatinine

  • a chemical waste molecule that is generated from muscle metabolism.
  • produced from creatine (a molecule of major importance for energy production in muscles)
  • transported through the bloodstream to the kidneys
  • filtered out in the kidneys
  • disposed in urine
  • increased levels may be an indication of impaired kidney function.
  • impaired kidney function can cause hypertension

  • slightly high Creatinine may just be because hubby is an athlete. ¬†(Runner’s World has an interesting forum discussion on this . Click here.)
  • monitoring is necessary

Dr. Dimples also ordered an Echocardiogram  to check for heart enlargement.

Okay, that’s it. Hubby is hopeful that he will overcome his hypertension.

Let’s see what happens in about 3 weeks when hubby visits Dr. Dimples again.

P.S. Lest you think wrongly about this, I still think hubby is cuter than him. ūüôā

5 Questions Hypertensive Athletes Should Ask Their Doctors

Hubby, an avid runner and newbie biker has just been diagnosed to be hypertensive, as I told in my previous post.

He already had his laboratory tests. Tomorrow, he’ll see his cardiologist and¬†will be asking the doctor these important questions:

  1. Why did I develop hypertension despite all my running?

Somehow, we already know the answer this.

Although hubby runs regularly and doesn’t smoke nor drink, his age and genetics are against him. He is 49 and the risk for hypertension increases with age. His mother is hypertensive.

The rest is related to his lifestyle.  Although he lost more than 15 pounds over the last year, he is still overweight. Why? Because of his diet.

Although he does not always eat like this, look at what he had after his biking session last week:

Hypertension on a plate: High calorie. High fat. High salt.

We should really take this seriously now: Exercise cannot be taken as a passport to eating anything and everything you want.

 2.   Can I still run? How much exertion is safe? What precautions do I need to take?

Regular exercise will surely help control his hypertension. But how much and how often is safe?

 3.   If  I have to take medications, will they affect my running?

Some medications affect sports performance and some may even dangerous . Some affect the body’s electrolytes. Some slow down the heart rate leading to post-exercise dizziness in some athletes.

 4.   What should I do about nutrition and hydration?

 5.   Will I ever be cured of this hypertension, or is this for life?

Many questions that require careful answers.

Are we over-reacting?

I don’t think so.

Hypertension, when uncontrolled ups the chances of heart attack, stroke, or sudden death. ¬†We don’t like that.

What we need is a lifestyle makeover.

We want to be able to run for many more years.

We want more of these:

Happy after finishing a  half marathon earlier this year

How about you? Are you hypertensive? Have you been checked within the last year?

Most of the available information I found on the web deal with hypertension on people who are sedentary. I found one for those who are already physically active but still have high blood pressure. ¬†Although it’s dated 2002, I think it’s still useful. Click here.

For us who are doctors, we can refer to these:

Managing Hypertension in Athletes and Physically Active Patients by the American Association of Family Physicians, 2002.  Click here.

Hypertension in Competitive Athletes by American College of Cardiology, 2005. Click here.

Position Statement on Exercise and Hypertension by the Sports Medicine Association, 2011. Click here.

I am a pediatrician and hypertension is not in my line of expertise. Please tell me if there are newer and more appropriate recommendations. Please. Thank you.

Related Posts:

Despite All my Running, I’m Still Hypertensive

Hubby, Hypertension, and Dr. Dimples

Despite All My Running, I’m Still Hypertensive

That’s what hubby told me this afternoon when I asked him why he looked so depressed sitting alone in the kitchen.

These past few days, he has been having bouts of  light-headedness. His blood pressure  readings were 140-150 / 90-100, usually in the mornings.

(For adults: Normal BP=120/80.   Pre-hypertensive=130/85.   Hypertensive=140/90. For a Blood Pressure Chart, click here.)

In denial, hubby said that those readings were probably just flukes.

I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I lost more than 15 pounds over the last year. I run regularly and I’m fitter today compared to several years ago. I had medical clearance and ran a full marathon five months ago.

HOW CAN I HAVE HYPERTENSION NOW?

Hubby in his office, miserable about the readings.

Daily monitoring, however, just confirmed the sad reality. He is hypertensive.

Despite all his running, hubby cannot change important risk factors like his genes and age. Add to that his work-related stress, the many years of carnivorous-eating  and his being overweight. One year of running cannot erase the many years of indulgence.

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So, off he will go tomorrow for check up and some tests:

Lipid Profile, Electrolytes,  Liver Function, Kidney Function, Blood Sugar, ECG and Chest x-ray.

Having said all these, I’m confident that with clearance from his doctors, hubby will continue ¬†running ¬†and it will help lower his Blood Pressure. In time.

We’ll see what happens with his check up and tests.

My BP’s okay but I’m doing the tests, too. Better safe than sorry.

How about you, are you hypertensive? If not, have you been screened for it?

The latest recommendation is to have an annual screen starting at 18 years old. Target BP is 120 / 80 or lower. Really.

Stay well, everyone!

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You may find this article helpful: Athletes and High Blood Pressure by heart surgeon and avid triathlete Dr. L Creswell.

Kick My Butt!

I told you that I love running, right? Yes.

I also told you that I couldn’t wait for the rains to stop so I could run again, right? Yes. (Read about it here.)

Well, today the rains stopped and the sun shone brightly.

Did you run?

Uhmm…well…uhmmm…. no.

Huwatt?!? WHY NOT?!?

Well,  Sir Isaac Newton will tell you why:

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1721)
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If a body is at rest it remains at rest or if it is in motion it moves with uniform  velocity until it is acted on by a resultant force.

There, he said it.

Again, but simpler now please, Sir:

A body at rest, will remain at rest until something pushes it.

See? My behavior is completely understandable. I’m bound by the First Law of Motion!

Ok, whatever… (rolling of eyes)….WHO AM I KIDDING HERE?

What I deserve is a good kicking.

Here, (talking to myself), ¬†I’m giving you ten BIG kicks!

1. ¬†You said you didn’t want to be a slow runner anymore. Do you want to mosey to the finish line again? (Read what you said here.)

2. Every kilometer that you run burns roughly 100 calories. Think of that next 5-km run as a  slice of your favorite cheesecake.

Caramel cheesecake
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3.¬†The first ever Philippine Marathon is two months away. It’s going to be historical. Do you think you can hack it?

4. Your family is looking. Be a good example.

5. You don’t want maintenance medications for high blood, cholesterol, or diabetes, do you?

6. You can have a massage after your long run.

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7. You can wear any dress you like if you become slimmer.

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8. Remember that you always get a good mood after running.

9. Hubby likes it when you sweat, you know that.

10.¬†You’ll be having your 3oth high school reunion in about ten months, correct?

MaSci Batch ’83.
I’m on the 3rd row, 5th from the left.

I rest my case.

O-K.

Now, where are my shoes….?

How about you, friends, what kicks work for you?