Scary or normal? The eternal question
June 23, 2014 9:22 AM Subscribe
For the past few months, I've found it very hard to run. Slowing down (a lot) helped the problem out but it still pops up occasionally. Lately I've been wondering if it's my heart. And yes, I want you to listen to a long recitation of my symptoms and problems.
posted by Lizlemondrop to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Hi, YANMD! So, I had the best holiday season eva! And when it was over, I had gained 10 pounds in 2 months. I've never gained that much weight so quickly but I totally ate a ton and I also started having some pretty serious menopause symptoms around January - primarily hot flashes and insomnia.
I also started having a problem running. I was already the slowest runner on the planet (typically going on the treadmill at 5.0mph). I run with a heart rate monitor, so before this problem, I'd run until my heart rate went up to about 160 and then I'd walk until it went down to 120. In a typical session on the treadmill, this would happen maybe once or twice, depending on how regularly I'd been exercising.
I had slacked off during the holidays so when I started running again in January I expected it would be difficult. It was _extremely_ difficult. Running at my usual pace felt like I was running under water - like it took soooo much work to move my legs. My heart rate would go up very quickly and then I'd stop and walk. I was pretty much not running at all. I finally settled into a pace of 4mph (yep walking pace) and I'd stop running when my heart rate hit 150 and walk until it went down to 120. At this miserable pace, I finally got back up to running about 2 miles without stopping most days.
But every now and then - and the last time was this past Saturday - I'll go for a run and from the start it just seems like IT IS SO HARD. This Saturday, I'd run for a bit and my heart rate would go up to 150 and so I'd walk for a bit and it would go down and then I'd run for a bit and it would go right back up. I finally stopped after about 2.5 miles (had intended to go for 4). And then today - lovely run - my heart rate was right where it should be, I felt great, everything was awesome and then when I stopped running to cool down, my heart rate shot up to 170 and stayed there for at least 5 minutes. While I was walking!
Misc info - menopause symptoms now under control thanks to the addition of activella and welbutrin. My resting heart rate is typically around 48-50 and it pretty much always has been this rate - that's not new. However, I'm no Lance Armstrong - I'm in my early 50s and about 20 pounds overweight. And yes, I've called my doctor but I'd like to get a feel for whether this is a thing or just normal life - possibly caused by running with 20 extra pounds.
I saw my dr about this earlier this month and he tested me for blood clots in my legs. That was fine. He also did an EKG which was fine except for a note that I had unusually low heart rate. I've been running outside since this spring, but I run in the early morning so I don't think the heat would be a factor.
Thanks so much for your input - I want to be an educated, but not pushy and paranoid, patient about this.