Before I begin training. I wanted to check all the right parts were where they should be, and the old ticker was still beating away okay.
I got myself down to my local GP for a check up. Your doctor will be able to offer advice tailored to you, taking your medical history into account.
A fitness test isn’t always enough to detect heart problems, so if anything in the list below applies to you, it’s best to get a full cardiac assessment before you take up running.
- There’s a history of heart disease or sudden death in your family.
- You suffer chest pains or discomfort when you exert yourself.
- You experience sudden shortness of breath.
- You have rapid heart palpitations.
In my case it was surprisingly all clear (dam it, no way out)
Apart from the common response ‘are you completely out of your mind’ I was all set, ready to go.