Stop And Breathe

I have high blood pressure. It is genetic and I’ve been taking medicine for it since my 30s. I am a miserable patient. I do not research the drugs I am prescribed, I just take them. I’m bad to adjust the dosage on my own as well.  From time to time I have to change meds, which was the case last spring.

To make a long story short, I finally traced my running struggles of the last several months to the blood pressure medicine I was taking. It was a beta blocker. Beta blockers slow your heart rate. When I started having bp issues last fall, my meds were increased. Slowing my heart rate even more. By mid December I couldn’t run 1/4 mile without gasping for air and my legs hurting to the point I couldn’t move, anything that exerted my heart was a problem.

After a lot of research, driving my healthcare provider crazy and changing meds a couple more times, I think I’m back on the right track. I just started the latest one Tuesday and I am very hopeful. My system has been in a state of turmoil all week because of all the changing so I’m doing something I have never done, I’m taking a few days off from running.

It’s very hard not to grab my running gear the minute I get home and head out.  I have been so drained, I just didn’t think it was a good idea. I need a few days for everything to even out and settle down.

This will be longest I have gone without running since the first year I started. I began running in June 2014. That winter I had the flu, which knocked me down for nearly 2 weeks. About the time I recovered, I came down with a bronchial infection and was out another week.  Since then, I have never gone more than 3 days without running.

A few weeks back I bought a running journal. It helps you to set goals and track your runs. I recorded my goals for the year and had started logging my workouts.  I had implemented 2-3 kettlebell workouts a week and was doing some cross training on the days I didn’t run. That’s all been shot this week. As much as it irritates me, I know that this is life. Things rarely go as planned, and I’m just going to have to roll with it.

This has taught me to pay closer attention to what I’m taking and what the effects are. It has also taught me to listen to my body. I’ve known something was off for a while, but instead of figuring it out, I tried to act like nothing was wrong.  That was a mistake. Good health should never be taken for granted and should be protected.

Here’s to 2017, may it be full of good health and good runs.

Run happy!


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