Went to the Instacare last night to get an EKG and make sure that my chest discomfort was not serious. Instacares are limited as to what they can do and even more limited in what they will tell you (too much C.Y.A.) and even though the EKG looked alright, he couldn't tell me that there was nothing wrong. I either had to go to the ER or wait until Monday to go to the Utah Heart Center. The discomfort that I've been having isn't serious and I wouldn't even classify it as a pain. My wife said that I couldn't run until I had it checked so I decided to go to the ER. Working in the Actuarial department of a health insurance company, I know what a waste of money this is and really didn't want to do it but to put my wife's and my own mind to ease, I felt that it was the best thing to do. Got to the ER and was strapped to a HR monitor, had some blood drawn and had another EKG. They wanted to check the enzyme levels to make sure that there hasn't been any damage to the heart. Blood test came back fine and I was sent home after a couple of hours. I am going to the Utah Heart Center on Monday to have a stress echo. One good thing that came out of the ER visit was that I was able to set a new HR PR. While waiting for the blood test to come back, I was able to get my heart rate down to 37 b.p.m. I think that the ER doctor was once an athlete (looked like a tri-athlete). He told me that as a physician he couldn't give me the go ahead to run but if he were in my situation, he would probably still run (more C.Y.A.)
I wanted to hook up with the South Davis Road Runners this morning by running 2.9 miles to the rec center. It is a new group and there aren't a lot of runners signed up yet. There isn't anybody that runs at my pace so I ran alone. It will be good once the group grows and hopefully I will be able to find somebody to run with. I was able to find out what the 5k course for the Thanksgiving turkey trot is.
I read somewhere about the Ryan Shay memorial 5.5 mile run. It asked people to dedicate 5.5 miles of their run today to Ryan Shay and take time to think about life. I decided to run the 5K course plus 2.4 miles at a little slower than tempo pace as my Ryan Shay run. I ran the course in 20:44 then turned around and ran most of the course backwards at the same pace. Felt good for the most part. Chest discomfort is mostly gone. After the 5.5 miles I stopped to reflect on some things for a few minutes. Finished up by running another 2.5 miles home.
Total time: 1:19:48 (7:19/mile)