Heart Runner Girl

Running can be a challenge


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Seeing the cardiologist

I’ve been running for 3,5 years now and although I now run longer distances, my overall fitness hasn’t really improved. I’ve done 3 fitness tests over the last 3 years. All of them telling me that it was ok for me to exercise, but none of those could really tell me what was causing the issues that I have while exercising, and what would help me improve.

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Energy gel

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One thing that I did not think about when I started running, was that since I am a heart patient I burn energy differently while running. Since my heart rate is so high while running, my body does not have the time to get energy out of storage. This means that my body needs to use the energy that I have at that moment and does not really use the energy that is stored in fat.

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Seeing a doctor

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Last week I went to see a doctor for a sport check up and since I am a heart patient I decided to do an extensive check up rather than a basic one. My cardiologist has told me years ago that I am allowed to exercise, but ever since I started running I had some questions about how to do this. So, the main reason for the check up was to get some advise on how to train, since normal training plans do not work for me.

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Not fast enough

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Lately I’ve been bothered by the idea that my running is not progressing the way that it should. I’ve been running for 8 weeks now, of which the last 4 were more serious (3 times a week and actually trying to be faster). And although I do see a difference in my average speed since I started running, I still have the idea that it should be going faster.

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