Running with the Pack 103: 8-Mile Run, Outdoor Legs, Stress, and More

Just one topic this week: the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, cardiologist buy which includes Stevie’s 5K and half-marathon as well as my Goofy Challenge, case which is the half-marathon and marathon. We talk about preparing for the races, hemophilia getting to the start line, the race start, the course, what happened along the way, our finishes, and what we did afterward. It’s a long podcast, but worth listening to, especially if you’re considering doing these races!
Just one topic this week: the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, cardiologist buy which includes Stevie’s 5K and half-marathon as well as my Goofy Challenge, case which is the half-marathon and marathon. We talk about preparing for the races, hemophilia getting to the start line, the race start, the course, what happened along the way, our finishes, and what we did afterward. It’s a long podcast, but worth listening to, especially if you’re considering doing these races!
I had an interesting afternoon. From time to time, disease I feel a little flutter in my chest. It’s not painful. I don’t feel weak or faint. It’s just a funny feeling that happens every now and then when I’m at rest. So is that anything to worry about? It could be nothing, more about it could be an irregular heartbeat, cheap some kind of blockage, or a defect. I talk a lot on Running with the Pack about diet, exercise, fitness, etc…, but I always say that I’m no doctor.

I’m not the kind of guy who ignores medical issues and hopes that they go away, so I met with my doctor last week and explained the issue. He had me wear a heart monitor for 24 hours to catch the flutters when they happen, so I did that last week. He also scheduled me for a “stress test plus echo”, which I had this afternoon.

What they had me do was change into running shoes and shorts and then they hooked up a collection of electrodes to my chest. The technician had me lay on my left side on an examination table and then he did an ultrasound of various parts of my heart and from various angles. While he was doing that, we talked about all sorts of things – what both of us do to keep in shape, the typical people he usually has in his lab, whether I was having a boy or girl (his response, “twins!”). He wouldn’t tell me any of the results though – that’s reserved for the doctor.

After the ultrasound, the technician left the room and returned in a few minutes with the doctor. They put me on the treadmill and started it off at a low incline and a comfortable walking pace. The doctor took my blood pressure and watched the electrical signals of my heart on the heart monitor. Every two minutes, they increased the speed and slope and took another blood pressure reading. I was on the treadmill for 12 minutes, by which time, I had hit my maximum heart rate (180) and was running on a 16% incline (I’m not sure of the speed). I felt fine and could have kept going, but he said that they wouldn’t learn anything from going longer.

They shut down the treadmill and moved me right back to the examination table so they could take more ultrasound pictures of my heart while it was pumping hard. Same as before – various parts of my heart from various angles. My heart rate came down to a normal level.

The rest of the session was the doctor showing me various segments of the ultrasound videos: This is your heart at rest, this is what it looks like at full blast, this is your valve function, this is a Doppler image showing the direction of the blood flow, this is the thickness of your heart walls, etc…

It was amazing and beautiful to see my heart in action. As someone who exercises a lot, I look at my heart rate to gauge how well I’m doing and my level of effort, but that is a gross indicator of what my heart is doing compared to seeing clear images of the way that it does what it does. The whole thing was a little piece of science fiction. When I commented about how clear the images were, the technician and doctor laughed and then the doctor said that there is a general rule in cardiology: the clearer the image, the better the prognosis. A lot of that has to do with it being easier to get a good ultrasound from people who have lower body weights since the sound waves have to pass through less tissue.

The short version of the doctor’s summary is that I’m as healthy as a horse. Great blood supply, no irregularities, normal adaptation from rest to active state and back again, good valve movement, etc… I asked specifically about any thickening of my heart walls since that’s a concern that Andrew has read about in some endurance athletes, but my heart walls were the normal thickness that they would expect in an active person. Ultimately, the flutter is completely within the normal range of a healthy heart, especially since he didn’t see any sign of it when I was stressed to maximum heart rate. It’s nothing that I need to worry about.

Overall, it was a fascinating experience and a huge relief to know that I’m okay. I’m glad I went and got the green light to keep doing the things that I love to do.

Anyway, I hope this is helpful for anyone who needs to have one of these tests done, so you know what they are looking for, what to expect, and what questions to ask.
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On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
This week, vitamin arthritis we talk about myRunning with the Pack 98: Ice Baths in Winter, buy viagra Elliptical 101, web Shortened Half-Marathon Training, and More split times for the Disney Marathon, doing an ice bath during winter, the right settings for an elliptical machine to simulate running, a bit about the stair stepper machines, what to do when you have an upcoming half-marathon and limited training time, our plans for Pittsburgh, and John’s voicemail about his recent marathon experience.
On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
In honor of Valentine’s Day, unhealthy we start off talking about our hearts. Specifically, patient heart rate zones and the echocardiogram that I had to check my heart health. We also talk about the MyFitnessPal app that Stevie has been using, no rx getting back into the pool and on the bike, an idea for a coordinated weekend triathlon associated with the show, Lori’s run for Brett, and what kind of bike a newbie should buy.

We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
This week, vitamin arthritis we talk about myRunning with the Pack 98: Ice Baths in Winter, buy viagra Elliptical 101, web Shortened Half-Marathon Training, and More split times for the Disney Marathon, doing an ice bath during winter, the right settings for an elliptical machine to simulate running, a bit about the stair stepper machines, what to do when you have an upcoming half-marathon and limited training time, our plans for Pittsburgh, and John’s voicemail about his recent marathon experience.
On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
In honor of Valentine’s Day, unhealthy we start off talking about our hearts. Specifically, patient heart rate zones and the echocardiogram that I had to check my heart health. We also talk about the MyFitnessPal app that Stevie has been using, no rx getting back into the pool and on the bike, an idea for a coordinated weekend triathlon associated with the show, Lori’s run for Brett, and what kind of bike a newbie should buy.

We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
This week, search Stevie and I revisit the Honey Stinger line of products, which we both used before yesterday’s 8-mile run together. We also talk about me working on my “outdoor legs”, continuing running during a stressful time, getting my bike ready for the season, and the question, “will we ever stop podcasting?”

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3 Responses to Running with the Pack 103: 8-Mile Run, Outdoor Legs, Stress, and More

  1. Rebecca1974 says:

    Hi Allan & Stevie-

    I for one hope you podcast forever! I enjoy your show and always learn something 🙂 I will call, too, from Boston. Pre and post race. This week is my last long run before the race. Looking forward to it.

    I'm going to finally put my money where my mouth is and register for a sprint distance tri in August. I'm incredibly nervous, but its a very local race, and the course is along my usual running route. I'm also registering again for the Bare Buns Fun Run 5k (7/10)…gotta defend my title! I'm trying to recruit some runner friends this time. We'll see. Its not for everyone, although I was nervous last year and it turned out to be not a big deal at all.

    Thanks,
    Rebecca 🙂

    • Allan Gyorke says:

      Thanks Rebecca. I'm sure we'll all live vicariously through your Boston glory.

      You're going to have a great time doing your first triathlon. Most people who are the adventurous type get hooked on them quickly. And if you're doing the Bare Buns race, I think you're adventurous.

      If you need any beginner tri advice, please let me know. I'm sure you'll do well.

  2. mdarchi2002 says:

    Hey gang,

    First, I agree with Rebecca1974 – I hope you are always podcasting! Every time I see a new episode, I can't wait to get to work and listen to it (where I listen to most of my podcasts…)

    You asked about races we're planning for the year. I have my first-ever race this Saturday, the Irish Spring 10k at Quantico Marine Corp Base. I'm a bit nervous, but excited, too. Then I have the Frederick 5k in April (Frederick, MD) and my "year-long" goal – the Marine Corp Marathon in October. Surprisingly, I made it in before it sold out! For having only taken up running abotu six months ago, I have a LOT of running to do!

    Keep up the great work!
    Jason