As you can gather from the title things have not been going quite the way I had been planning. Saturday was the VAANEE Track and Field Championships and I had entered and intended running the 800m, 1500m and 5000m. Although I arrived at Monkton Stadium feeling a little flat I was still looking forward to what would be a good workout.
First up was the 1500m. My race was for 55year old and over. Taking it on from the gun I had a comfortable lead and with about 700m to go and being mindful that I was running an 800 shortly I decided that the wise thing to do was to ease back just a little and maintain the tempo through to the finish.
Then suddenly, at about 600 to go, all the energy seemed to drain from my body, I was struggling for breath and had a mighty pain in the chest. I have 'tied up' in races a number of times but this was something different. Forced to stop I managed to pull myself together and get my breath back. Determined not to have a dnf I decided to jog / run the last 500m.
The problem was the pain didn't subside and I was not feeling at all well. Without boring you with all the details the result was that I spent the rest of the weekend as a guest of South Tyneside Hospital with a suspected heart attack.
This is quite a sobering experience but one I would not recommend. However, the Para-medics and all the staff at the hospital were magnificent and I would like to thank them for all of their help. I would also like to thank everyone at the track for their help, concern and well wishes and apologies for interupting the meeting.
The situation at the moment is that I can do some easy running but no races until I have had further tests as there are some anomolies showing up on my current test results.
Just for the record I finished the race in 2nd place in a time of 5.38 (by my watch) not the fastest but hey......