Coffee is responsible for me starting running.
Let me explain.
One day last November, I had what used to be called "a funny turn". While I was shopping at Tesco, I began to feel light-headed. It kept getting worse in waves, until I had to abandon my trolley and go and sit in my car for a while, because I seriously thought I was going to faint. I eventually felt better enough to finish the shopping, but I still felt unwell the rest of the day, to the extent that I had to sit down to try to handle the feelings. My OH insisted that I try to get a GP appointment, and it was an indication of how I felt that I agreed. Surprisingly, I was able to see a GP an hour later!
He examined me and took my blood pressure, which he told me was too high. He arranged to get blood tests carried out, and told me to come back a week later. At that appointment, he told me the blood tests were all good (so no indication of cholesterol or diabetes) but measuring my BP again, he confirmed that that was a problem, and prescribed meds for me. He also suggested cutting down on alcohol and getting more exercise. I'd been thinking about tha latter anyway, but this gave me a kick to actually do something about it. My ex-wife told me about C25K, which I hadn't heard of before, and it seemed a good option, more practical than the swimming that I'd been considering. So I started.
Coffee? Well, I realised later, that I'd made a jug of very strong filter coffee the morning of that fateful day, intending to share it. Nobody else wanted any, though, so I ended up drinking three large mugs of it. That's what made me feel the way I did! Fate.
Today, for the first time since that November morning, I had a mug of the same coffee. I often have an espresso in the afternoon, which doesn't seem to have much of an effect, but this morning I felt a little wired as I went out for my run. I'm not sure if it affected it one way or the other, but shortly after my run, I felt a little faint again. After my post-run snack of smoked haddock on scrambled eggs, I feel better, but I don't think I'll be doing that again. A decent decaff, perhaps.
My run - second fastest 10k, 65:30. It's here - connect.garmin.com/modern/a...