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Power walk/run cut short

Friday, October 23, 2020

The weather was summer like today with temps at 77 F so I headed out to try and get an 8-10 mile power walk in. I was doing great with my timing at a 14 minute mile however just as I came to the end of my 4th mile I started having chest pain and pain between my shoulder blades. I sat and drank some water and rested a few minutes then decided to walk slow and eat my apple that I had packed in my back back,

The pain returned so I called hubby to come and pick me up. I didn't want to take any chances pushing myself. Being 68 years old means listening to the body and taking it easy when you must. Do I like it? NO! but after having 3 years filled with injury I am not going to do anything that may possibly set me back again.

I just had an EKG a few weeks ago and lab work and I am in healthy shape. I decided to do a bit of research and seems that what I was feeling more than likely were muscle spasms in my lungs. I went out after dinner again with the dogs and experienced now pain so I am chalking it up to the fact that it was quite warm and I was not prepared for that. I am used to the cool temps I have been power walking in for several weeks now. I had increased my speed and only took a bottle of water with my which had 2 cups in it.

Dehydration maybe, heat, extra speed, I'm hoping this doesn't happen again. I really want to get a long distance walk in this weekend. Tomorrow we are back down to the lower temps and if it's dry I will be out there trying once again.

I know I did the right thing in calling my husband and stopping the course. Always better to be safe than sorry.
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