Want to run marathon.

I had got my PM Apr 30, 2007. I want to know how soon anyone started running 5k or more in distance? How much improvement should I expect. I am excited about the prospect of how fast I will be running.



by randrews - 2007-05-08 09:05:54

hello friend,
I got my pm 7 weeks ago. It was less than a month before I was going to do my 1st marathon. My doctor told me to to start running a week after it was in. I was up to 6 miles in less than 2 weeks when the nurse called me and told me it would be prudent to stop running for 6 weeks. I did a 7 miler then stopped. I'm starting back now and it is tough for me to do 3 miles. It could be the 10 pounds I have gained, or it could be the 80 plus degrees(it was in the 50's when I stopped). So I'm trying to do 3 miles several days a week and praying I Improve over time. My chest aches a little when I'm done. The down time is a good chance to stretch and do some strength training for your legs.
I'm signing up for a 5 miler on memorial day.
Be patient, very patient. It is a blessing to even run.
take care,

running w/pacemaker

by CathrynB - 2007-05-08 11:05:19

Hey SuperBionic: Way to go! I've been following Rusty's progress with running since he got his PM, and I'm glad to hear there's another club member aiming for the same goal. There's another member, Ridera, who has a PM, has run marathons, and was able to ramp up running very quickly after getting a PM. Are you out there Ridera? I've been a runner for 30 years but have never done a marathon. I was running 5-6 miles, 5-6 days a week before I got my PM 1-24-07. My EP told me to take 6 weeks off from running, and I did. I did lots of walking, some stationary bicycling, and a bit of elliptical cross-training while waiting to start running again. Now it's 3 1/2 months, and I'm running 5 miles, 3-4 days per week, but a bit slower than before the PM. I had to make some custom revisions to my jog-bra because the straps put too much pressure on my PM site and made it hurt. I think you can run as well post PM as you did before, as long as there no medical reason not to, but I'd urge you to be patient with your body's recovery and take it slowly getting back up to your former speed and distance. Keep us posted on your progress, ok? Take care, Cathryn


by fenix - 2007-09-15 06:09:15

I resumed running some six weeks after the implant. Also, you can ask to adjust the rate response higher if you find a little short of breath at higher speed. It took several adjustment for me to get to where I am comfortable. I think that after a while you will not even be aware that you have a pacemaker.
Good Luck

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