Few weeks ago, I had two cardiac arrests and each time my heart stopped for around 90 seconds (any more than 3 minutes means brain damage while more than 4 minutes means death) luckily the crash team were available and did CPR.
Then at the grand old age of 29 I had to have a pacemaker fitted. My first question to the cardiology consultant? Can I still do parkrun? Of course I can!!! I need to wait another couple of weeks before I ‘run’ a parkrun but the joy of parkrun is that walkers, joggers, runners and elites are all treated the same. I received the same applause and warm welcome on my 40 minute plod today as I did when I ran my 18 minute PB. Highlight of my week as always #parkrunday.
Update. What a difference a month makes. In March I had two cardiac arrests and was fitted with a pacemaker. Yesterday I completed the Manchester marathon!!! Less than four weeks ago I was in hospital worrying that my pacemaker would stop me from taking part in things and that I wouldn’t be able to get back into an energetic lifestyle yet now I’m recovering after running 26.2 miles!
I did take it very steady today as I’m not fully 100% yet but I’m looking forward to pushing myself when I am, after all I am battery powered now!! Beginning to feel like myself again.