It's now nearly three months since I graduated and in that time I've tried some trail running and increasing my runs (I think "jogs" might be a better description) to between 45 and 55 mins so some progress has been made. Unfortunately about a month ago I got the diagnosis to what started me off on C25K in first place - which was a dizzy spell last October which has stopped me from working ever since. Seems that I have a condition called WPW syndrome. To cut to the chase, I have an irregular heartbeat. In order to control that they give you beta-blockers.
These drugs slow and/or control your heartbeat and most people have some side-effects: some can be pretty awful. In my case, I was a bit wary (and still am) about running at all but the collective medical wisdom seems to be that its OK which is fine by me coz I've got addicted. I'm rubbish, but what the hell?
The thing is, I've noticed that my Fitbit heart rate tracker has almost flat-lined in "Cardio Burn" mode. Before I started taking Bisoprolol (that's a 2.5 mg dose for those of you who know about these things) I used to start out in Fat Burn, progress rapidly through Cardio and right up to peak, sometimes for the entire run. Now I find that although I don't get so out of breath, I pretty much am stuck at the same exertion rate. Not sure if that's good, bad or indifferent!
Anyway, I'm still enjoying the buzz of the plod, even if I'm not breaking new ground and as long as it gets me out, job done.
Anyone else in the Community taking these bloody drugs?