First of all…Congratulations on signing up. This is MAJOR! Celebrate your desire to enter the world of runDisney.
Second of all…Good for you for announcing it to the world! Most runners tend to cross the finish line if they announce their plans to others. This provides that extra level of accountability when you find it tough to get out the door for a run.
I tend to agree with a lot of the previous comments. It is always a good idea to get the opinion of a physician before you begin training. All our bodies morph over time and getting a good baseline is key.
If you are having heart issues, maybe a stress test would be in order to determine what is going on inside. They can gleam a lot of information from an ECG
In the past I used to run at a high HR and exertion all the time. Although I could tolerate it, it was fraught with injuries and a lack of progression. The body needs cycles of high intensity to make progress, but it also require low intensity to recover.
It took me several years to fully understand the power of the slow run. I know it sounds ridiculous, but “Train slow to go Fast”. My current PRs are due to trusting the process and doing all the work associated with the slow run.
For January 2022’s runDisney event, I had to do most of my training at a very slow pace. My doctor told me to not let my HR get above 130 BPM. That led to the majority of my runs at a pace slower than I have ever trained before with a lot of walking, but I was successful at the runDisney weekend with no injuries.
All that to say:
- see a doctor
- take a look at the Jeff Galloway 5k training programs on the runDisney website. They have helped many runners over the years.
- If the Galloway method is not for you, look into a different method: Another Mother Runner, Runner’s World, Hal Higdon, etc…
- Based on the doctor’s recommendation, tweak the running plans to meet them. You may end up being asked to limit your HR, your pace, run by feel, etc…
- Consistency in the long run is key. It is OK to miss a run here and there, but you need to prioritize the long run each week. It is important. I have found that if I place all my runs in my Calendar, I tend to do them. Treat it like any other appointment that is not optional.
- Have fun!
Feel free to ask us anything. A lot of us have been through the process and can provide you with our experience, failures and successes.