Doctor Said I Can't Run
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|Thu, 06-21-2007 - 8:48pm|
Hello, as you might notice in my screen name, I am a martial arts student. I have been for about five years with a few interruptions for a shoulder issue. I earned black belt last fall.
About two years ago, I started running. I wasn't too dedicated to it the first year, then, the next year, I entered three 5Ks. I ran the majority of those races, not fast, but I ran rather than walked. I'll never be a competitive runner, not even locally. Just wasn't born with that gift.
Earlier this year, I decided to join the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training to train for a half marathon. I told my doctor during my physical just because they say to "check with your doctor." I was quite surprised and disappointed when she advised against running because I'm on Lopressor and have been for years, since about age 17 or so. I'm now 34. My heart rate tends to be a bit on the high side, although there had been significant improvement to my resting heart rate over the past years.
So I trained with TNT and felt pretty good, but as we got to the longer runs, I walked a lot of it because my doctor said "fast walking" would be OK. She sent me for an echocardiogram, which I had been for a few times before in my life, and it came back OK according to her. When I asked about the running thing, she asked if I had ever had any problems. I said no, and she said "then go ahead." At one point she had mentioned seeing a cardiologist, but I think I would have to battle to get a referral since I don't "need" to run.
My question I guess, is will running put me in danger? I never knew until recently, about the Lopressor issue, so I was OK, but now it's in my head and that stress alone makes me worry and that increases my heart rate. I have a Timex runner's watch with a heart rate monitor.
I loved training with TNT. My body was responding well to the gradual build up, but I was scared by my doctor's words and the answers were insufficient for the amount of doubt that she caused in my mind. Here I had thought I was doing a good thing for my heart when I started running. My family has a history of heart disease and heart attacks at a young age.
Any advice would be appreciated.