I’m 54 male 5'8" tall and weigh about 70kgs, I’m living in Oman. I have coronary health problem and had CARDIAC ARREST TWICE in London back in 2010.The story before and after my cardiac incident will be too long to share here. One thing I can say that I was reasonably fit and was always doing light occasional exercise before 2010 and the attack was not only a shock to me but to everyone who knew me. I’m extremely lucky to be alive today.
I was following all the instructions given to me and was very careful with my medications and the food I take. I gradually started walking until I managed to do brisk walking for about half an hour daily but was never satisfied and felt my body needed more. Since a couple years or so there was this urge to make a change in my lifestyle but I couldn't find the right thing to do.
Early this year I reluctantly started light hiking with a group of friends. I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed it and it is doing me very good. Plenty of fresh air and oxygen make you feel your lungs are functioning. I now do normal hiking with a professional group for two hours once a week. I always brows on the web to find out information about anything before I make any attempt.
One day browsing on the web I came across NHS couch to 5k program. I was like this is it! This was probably the thing I was looking for. A well guided program from a known and reliable website. This should boost my confidence when needed and set goals for me. I got myself mp3 and downloaded the program from the net. I was always too frightened to start running after the incident in 2010. I have been doing C25K and have completed WK8 today and actually run for 32 minutes. I just can’t believe I ran for 32 minutes straight through. I’m so proud of myself and so grateful.
I started running from the beginning of April this year. I haven’t lost any weight but the shape of my body has changed, I feel quite firm and have also developed muscles. Everyone tells me “you have changed your face glows”. I must admit the psychological challenge was far too much for me. I was always worried something might happen to me while I run. I decided to invest and buy myself a very good heart monitor that would at least give me an indication on how much my heart was doing. The heart monitor also gave me the number of steps, distance, time taken and calories burnt. This gave me a little sense of relief.
Run three of WK5 was the toughest for me as the jump was too big. My best run was run two of WK6. I found this was just right at that time. However, I remained focused and just followed Laura guidance. I was so lucky, I never had to repeat any of the runs so far. I was getting too tired during the first few weeks. Then I realised that I was walking in the days between instead of resting. Rest days are critical. A rest day in between each run allows your joints to recover from what is a high-impact exercise and reduce your chance of injury. This made my runs much more effective. I am excited and looking forward to completing the program next week. Please wish me luck.
I encourage anyone who is reading this to start running. No words can explain the benefits, my advice is don’t waste the opportunity, do it right away. Just get to the program and follow the instructions. I wouldn’t recommend to run with anyone especially during the first few weeks as this might make you dependent and you would only run if your are together. Thank you so much, NHS and Laura!