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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
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I went to the doctor’s this week, and among other things I asked her to renew my competition running certificate. (It’s a French requirement for any organised race, but not parkrun, fortunately). She agreed readily, but then asked if I’d ever seen a cardiologist. When I said no, she suggested I do BECAUSE YOU’RE NEARLY SIXTY! I’m 56 and a half! Absolutely gutted!

On the other hand, she said my cholesterol level was the best she’d ever seen, and was very enthusiastic about parkrun if I ever get it off the ground,

Off to do 7k on the Magic Plan. That’ll show her. Nearly sixty, grrrrrr, mutter, mutter......

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Madge50
Madge50Graduate10

Blimey, I’m the same age as you, if my GP said that to me I think I’d fall on the floor! (After smacking him...😂..) I wouldn’t know what to say, after all the hard work!

........I did have an optician tell me to see my GP a while ago as I apparently had ‘corneal arcus’ , which according to her, can be a sign of high cholesterol (RUBBISH! - it’s basically eye ageing....)

I’d already had the over 50’s MOT at the surgery (e,g why haven’t you been to see us for ages......) which was fine.....and had improved my running and fitness since, so duly went back to the GP, he absolutely rubbished the idea (thankfully he’s a runner too....) and the other GP I’ve seen just showed me other stretches I could do.......😂

And ‘nearly sixty’ .....how rude! (No offence to any fabulous sixty year olds, but for goodness sake, the time goes by fast enough!)

I’d do the same, out for a run to blow off the steam..... 🏃‍♀️... run gentle though, not angry.....🤗

Mx

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to Madge50

I wasn't angry, more insulted and motivated in equal measure. :)

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Grannytobe
GrannytobeGraduate10

Poor you. My doctor suggested last year that I shouldn't be doing so much activity "at my age" and should think what my mother would do when she was my age! I too was 56 at the time, as was she. I have changed doctor. Happy running

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Irishprincess
IrishprincessGraduate10
in reply to Grannytobe

Quite right you changed doctor. She probably felt guilty because she realised you were doing far more than she was!

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AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10
in reply to Grannytobe

Congratulations on changing your doctor Grannytobe, my mother told me that anyone over the age of 40 was too old to run and were risking a early grave, now you have people in their 60's and 70's and even older running 5 and 10Ks on a regular basis, I am glad once you are a granny(good luck for whenever that is) you won't be sitting down and not running

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Grannytobe
GrannytobeGraduate10
in reply to AlMorr

Thank you AlMorr and Irishprincess I cant see me sitting around for a while yet. Baby not due till mid feb so loads of time yet. Although I may get a sporty gp to have a look at my HR. Damn garmin, without the stats I'd jog happy😉 happy running everyone

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AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10
in reply to Grannytobe

👍 🏃🏾 😊

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RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10
in reply to AlMorr

The man who sets up our parkrun (that's a 2.5k walk) then runs it afterwards. He is in his mid eighties and has done over 500 parkruns - we had cake last year to celebrate with him.

It is a long time since his last PB, but he still runs it. Every week

But he doesn't go for a fourth lap to collect the signs, he leaves that to the marshals and Tailwalkers

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AlMorr
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in reply to RunaroundSue

Ccongratulations to him, the man at Dunfermline parkrun who gives the first time briefing most weeks to first timers is in the age grading 75/79, after the briefing he usually runs around in an average time of 26 minutes, once he finishes he walks back slowly down the last 50 metres of the course giving "high fives" to me and other runners completing the 🏃🏾 run.

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RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10
in reply to AlMorr

That's nice of him

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to Grannytobe

What terrible advice! You'll be a fantastic example to the baby as s/he grows up. Maybe you can do a parkrun together on your 65th? (Did you read about the kid who accidentally did a 10k and came in ahead of everyone else? - That could be your grandchild with you as a coach!)

Keep running and living well. xxxx

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Grannytobe
GrannytobeGraduate10
in reply to Lizzisforliving

That could be my grandchild with its army pt instructor father more like😉

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to Grannytobe

Definitely a running companion for the future, then. Xxx (Is the dad your son? Maybe it’s in the genes.)

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Grannytobe
GrannytobeGraduate10
in reply to Lizzisforliving

My son in law. Very fit - him and hubby run together. Daughter and I will do our own route with baby. Perfect bonding times all round.

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RunaroundSue
RunaroundSueGraduate10
in reply to Grannytobe

My GP is a marathon runner and often comes to my home parkrun, although I only see her at the start unless one of us is marshalling! She is much faster than me.

The other GP I see is not a runner as far as I know but she was impressed by me taking up running because everything has come down (BP, weight, cholesterol, blood sugar, etc - not that any were excessively high, but they are all improved)

I have heard it said that if you have an injury try to see a GP who is a runner, they are less likely to tell you to just give up running! But if they do, at least they know what they are talking about.

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to RunaroundSue

My health and fitness have definitely improved since I took up running, post breast cancer. I go to the doctor with trepidation that there will be signs of a recurrence but it never occurred to me that my running would require monitoring. Nor that I would be told I'm nearly 60! That's the bit that really shocked me. :)

On the other hand she seemed genuinely interested in parkrun, so I suppose I must forgive her.

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Irishprincess
IrishprincessGraduate10

Grrrrr 😡😡 You should have told her that you only think about your heart rate after your third sex session in a day 😮😉😂

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GoGo_JoJo
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in reply to Irishprincess

🤣🤣🤣🤣👍🏻👊🏻

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Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

56.5 is nowhere near 60. Id have it done just to prove what a brilliant heart you’ve got , thanks to running. 💗🏃‍♀️🇫🇷👏👏

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

She sort of backtracked and offered me a letter of introduction to the cardiologist in the sports department at the local hospital so I will go along but maybe not till next year.

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GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoAmbassador

How very dare she!? 🙈🤣 cheeky mare!

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10

I rather like her, usually, and she WAS very enthusiastic about parkrun. I think she’s just young. And the French rather like consulting medical specialists!

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Oldgirlruns
Oldgirlruns60minGraduate

Blimey-I’m 66, what on earth would she say to me??!

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poohbear2608

Me too (well 65 and a quarter 🤣) feeling aged after reading all the comments 😂😂. Seriously though I’m doing 5k 3 times a week alongside dance and fitness classes -I’ve never felt better!!

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to poohbear2608

Age is just a number. I didn't mean to 'age-shame' anyone older than me, but I genuinely had never thought that I was approaching 60. I still don't think I am - I'm in my (generously-proportioned) mid-fifties. And I'm aiming for 100 years old, so plenty of time left.

Your fitness regime's impressive - where do you find the time?

xxx

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poohbear2608

I’m retired! My days are so full I don’t know how I found the time to work. You weren’t age shaming and you’re right you’re a long way off 60.

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Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

All of my key stats; heart rate, cholesterol, blood pressure, absence of arrhythmia and blood quality are all better now than when I was in my fifties. Running rocks!! 😊

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WillowandSola

Ours too and it really rocks especially the shrinking waistline

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Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10
in reply to WillowandSola

That too! I have had a few well meaning people say “ shouldn’t you just go for long walks? ” yeah right 😤

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WillowandSola

Long walks? when we get such joy from running?

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grumpyoldgirl

Crikey, they'll have us all basket weaving if we don't watch them!

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Granspeed
GranspeedGraduate10
in reply to grumpyoldgirl

🤣🤣 No harm in basket weaving after a run. Keeps the fingers flexible too, as they’re not much used in running....

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grumpyoldgirl

Just as soon as I've applied the ibuprofen gel🙄😁

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to Beachcomber66

Quite right! I'm definitely healthier than I was in my mid-forties when I just worked all the time and did no exercise.

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linda9389
linda9389Ambassador

Crikey ... I'm 58, closing in on 59 and even I'm not NEARLY SIXTY! That's just plain rude 🤣🤣🤣 (though I have slowed the passage of time - I'm very keen to be youngest in my age grade, and since I've looked at it that way I appear to be getting there much slower - is this the secret of eternal youth?)

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JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10

What a cheek!😀

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paulanoo
paulanooGraduate10

I go to a French GP now and then when i need a medical cert for an event. He's a runner but he's still a nervous nelly. The french are a bit paranoid about their health I think. I wouldn't pay any attention.

Do let me know if you get park run going in France. I'd come to your inaugural event :)

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to paulanoo

Yes, it was the idea that I was nearly 60 that horrified me.

Re parkrun - definitely will! I’m near Uzès in the Gard and only obstacle is the sports officer at the mairie who is being obstructive. Hoping to get a local running group involved and persuade him by sheer force of numbers. Hopefully we’ll get going in January. Xxx

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paulanoo
paulanooGraduate10
in reply to Lizzisforliving

You're the same age as me and i'm nowhere near 60 ;)

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grumpyoldgirl

:D :D

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grumpyoldgirl

You won't be nearly 60 until the day before your 60th birthday - well maybe the week before if you're planning your party!

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to grumpyoldgirl

Party! 🎉🍾🎂🎈🍰Good plan. Xxxx

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Franglaise
FranglaiseGraduate10
in reply to Lizzisforliving

I will look how far you are from me and come and support...be great to meet some vrbs

These officials at the Mairie have too much power! Hope you win...good luck

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Irish-John
Irish-JohnGraduate10

Just be grateful you are not my age at the Drs....and of the prostate possessing gender.... 😳

:)

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GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoAmbassador
in reply to Irish-John

🤣🤣🤣 there's a blood test first these days, don't panic! 👍🏻🤣

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Irish-John
Irish-JohnGraduate10
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

How many gallons do they need?

Actually - doesn't matter, they can take as much as they want!

😁

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GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoAmbassador
in reply to Irish-John

🤣👍🏻

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theoldfellow
theoldfellowGraduate10

From my perspective 56 is almost identical to 26. At this distance, everything back there blurs... And when I am following glutes, at Parkrun, I can't tell the difference.

Seriously a SPORTS Cardiologist might be fun. It's the same thing you get with Physios, one lot try to make people with injuries recover a bit better, and some Physios are helping athletes get more athletic. They are both trained the same way and have the same qualy, but their thinking seems totally different.

Don't be gutted, gut the run.

Lovely post!

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to theoldfellow

Thank you tof, that made my morning, xxx

Have you heard the Japanese word 'bakkushan'? Horribly sexist, it's a woman who appears attractive, but only when seen from behind! It seemed to fit your parkrun observation, although I imagine the glutes are of both sexes! :-)

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theoldfellow
theoldfellowGraduate10
in reply to Lizzisforliving

I haven't heard of that, no. Odd, nihon go ga sukoshi hanasemasu!

Despite what older ladies (and I expect some chaps too) think, men of my age do not all see the impact of life on a lady's body as doing anything but enhance it. I was actually talking to 2 very old ladies at church last week and we were discussing how to look at the little girl inside. She is still there. You only find out when you take the time to .

It's just as bad to write off the young as empty-headed, although some do try very hard!

I have never met anyone who wasn't deeply fascinating.

End of sermon!

Much love! Keep up the happy running.

❤👣👣👣👣👣👣

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to theoldfellow

What a lovely reply, tof.

Lots of love xxx

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HeavyFoot
HeavyFootGraduate10

I got the same thing from a French doctor when I went to get a certificate. He said I should see a cardiologist every year as I’m diabetic. He still signed it. 25 euros for the visit.

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to HeavyFoot

I waited till I needed to see her, then the certificate was just part of the consultation. The unexpected aging, not so much. 😉

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HeavyFoot
HeavyFootGraduate10
in reply to Lizzisforliving

I’m 64. Ten years ago the hairdresser automatically gave me the OAP discount. I wondered if I should express outrage but decided to keep the two quid!

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Granspeed
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in reply to HeavyFoot

🤣👍

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grumpyoldgirl

😂😂

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Hidden
Hidden
in reply to HeavyFoot

🤣🤣

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Silverfox1943

Well Lizzi the doc is right, you are nearer 60 than 50, which is long gone.

Look on the bright side I started last year age 76 and just did my 10th parkrun yesterday with a 4th PB in a row.

However I'm nearer 80 than 70.

Thats something to think about; enjoy your run up to 60.

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to Silverfox1943

I never was very good at maths, Silverfox! As I'm still improving my times (extremely slowly), I'll ignore the date and keep on going forward, one step at a time.

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Katnap
KatnapGraduate10

Garmin reckons I have the body age equivalent of a 34 year old.. I bet your 'performance' age is also lower than actual.

Go ace that test!

🐱 Katnap 🐱

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to Katnap

Where do I find that on Garmin? Maybe it's not available on the Vivoactive? I'd be really interested to know my 'body age'. My mental age is around 30, I'd guess.

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Katnap
KatnapGraduate10
in reply to Lizzisforliving

Connect App - Health & Performance - VO2 max ...

The blurb underneath your VO2 score offers a Fitness Age

👍😁👍

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to Katnap

Thanks - I’ll look.

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Katnap
KatnapGraduate10
in reply to Lizzisforliving

Your doctor can tell you what their Fitness Age is and you can compare 😁😁😁😁

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to Katnap

Unfortunately she looks about 30 and she runs, so...

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Katnap
KatnapGraduate10
in reply to Lizzisforliving

OMG! So she might have the Fitness Age of a 13 yo!?

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to Katnap

My fitness age is 20. Twenty! Goodness me! (Deleted the expletive-laden version). 20!!!!!!

Running ROCKS!!!! Xxxxxx

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Katnap
KatnapGraduate10
in reply to Lizzisforliving

You beat me hands down! Now do you want to compare Vs your doctor?

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Katnap
KatnapGraduate10
in reply to Lizzisforliving

Yes! Running definitely rocks!

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Katnap
KatnapGraduate10
in reply to Lizzisforliving

My mental age is 13 😃😅😂🤣

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Hidden
Hidden

My GP told me I was "vintage" and I was 52 at the time!! Cheek!

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to Hidden

Better than cheap plonk, or an old banger. Xx

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Hidden
Hidden
in reply to Lizzisforliving

True 🤣🤣xx

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Run46
Run46Graduate10

Lol, that's so funny...cheeky thing! 😆

I'm 47 and had a comment made about being due the menopause at my last check up with the nurse, was thinking surely not, I'm too young, then realised she's probably not wrong 😂😳

At least we can show them how young and fit "we oldies" are...good luck getting your Park Run off the ground 🤞

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Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

People at the opticians ask if I am ok with stairs; my answer is always “race you to the top”.

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GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoAmbassador
in reply to Beachcomber66

👍🏻🤣

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to Beachcomber66

Brilliant. This thread has given me a huge boost. Thank you all. Xxx

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UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreModerator

Yeah... parkrun get round the French competitive running rules by listing the results in alphabetical order I believe.

Great test results... your doctor just needs some maths lessons!

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Franglaise
FranglaiseGraduate10
in reply to UnfitNoMore

And some diplomacy...

Age is just,a number,and,as long as you are the best version of you that is all that matters

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Sybilw
SybilwGraduate10

REALLY!! Not even close!

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Curlygurly2
Curlygurly2Graduate10

Take care with French doctors....I went to ask for a certificate a couple of years ago, he took my blood pressure which was sky high because I can't stand him... he said I had to see the cardiologist and take pills to lower my BP...they lowered my BP to dangerous levels because of course I didn't need them but would he listen? NO!! I nearly died...missed my race because of side effects from the pills...saw a doc when I got back to UK, she checked everything. blood, urine, BP, 24 hour BP monitor...found nothing...we call him Doctor Poisoner...

Hi Lizz!!

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to Curlygurly2

Gosh, that’s terrible! In theory this is only to make sure my heart’s in good condition, and there is no evidence that it isn’t. I hope a sports cardiologist won’t be looking for problems so much as giving advice, but I’ll remember what you’ve said.

How’re you doing? I haven’t seen you on here lately. Take care and lots of love xxx

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Curlygurly2
Curlygurly2Graduate10
in reply to Lizzisforliving

I'm doing ok thanks Lizzisforliving , still plodding away...France was silly hot this year, so I'm running much shorter distances now but I'm still out there...

How are you?

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Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Ha! I’m 58 and nowhere near 60 so you are a slip of a young thing. My BP is the lowest I’ve ever known, cholesterol 2.3, lightest I’ve been for over 10 years and the fittest I’ve ever felt. 60 is the new 40 (or maybe even 30)!

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Gran4z
Gran4zGraduate10

Yeah, you tell her! I'm soon to be 72, been running now for 18 months+, do between 4-7 k 3 times a week...never seen a cardiologist - totally fit, B/P within normal range. What nonsense!

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10
in reply to Gran4z

Go you, Gran4z! That’s great. Running, and this board, have become so important to me, especially when I ‘meet’ virtual running buddies like you. Keep it up! Xxx

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Gran4z
Gran4zGraduate10

Actually Lizzi, 'they' whoever 'they' are say we should get medically checked out before starting any type of exercise - I never did! However, frequently we hear on the news of very fit, young teenagers and adults collapsing with cardiac arrest as a result of undiagnosed cardiac conditions....so perhaps an ECG/heart scan would be good every now and then to check all is well.

And now I contradict myself! As runners, (I'm more of a jogger I've concluded,) we are fitter than most. All the experts say exercise, i e. walking, running, swimming etc is good for us...stronger bones, better circulation, keeps us fitter, stronger, leaner and far healthier than the majority who don't....so I still say, 'just do it'....run, enjoy and celebrate the fact that you can! You're a 10k graduate, think that's evidence itself that your heart is fit and well!

Apologies, think I've been waffling on. Have a great day, and happy running 🙂🌻

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Lizzisforliving
LizzisforlivingGraduate10

You're right, of course, but I was affronted that 56½ was perceived as being 'nearly 60'. The responses on here have made it all better. 😀

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