Know Your Body
“I stepped down the ladder to 1,200 meters, planning to run 81 seconds per lap. The first was fine, 80. The second disappointing, 83. And the third? I don’t know what to say. The bottom fell out. I ran an 89. … At the time I was mostly discouraged by the dismal 89-second lap. I didn’t know then that it could have been my last lap ever. … I often think back to the July morning when this story began. … That morning last July my pain level never moved beyond 2 on a 1-to-10 scale. I just thought I was having a rough day on the track. I can’t help but marvel how the simple math on my watch set everything in motion. A runner like me shouldn’t just go from an 83-second lap to an 89. Something was wrong!”
– Masters runner Chris Gould talking about how a poor track workout prompted him to go to the doctors and detect and treat a heart attack.
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