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SumoRunner

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I was 43 when I had the AVR in 1991. Of course I did very little running the years prior and following OHS, but I was a runner for decades. So, I compared running times that I had 2 years before and 2 years after the surgery. Before the surgery I could run a mile in about 6 minutes and a 5K under 21. Then afterward the times were an 8 minute mile and 25 for 5K. In retrospect, I believe I could have trained harder than I did and come fairly close to the times I ran earlier. One problem with that is I was in virgin territory. There was no forum like this to help me and no one I ever met who had returned to athletics after OHS. In all, in 40+ years, I ran over 500 races from 200 meters to half-marathons, 150 before the AVR and yes, 350 events after.
 

Superman

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Don’t forget you went from 41 to 45 years old as well. Even without surgery, that’ll take some time off. For me, my PR is 24:57 but I had an old school pediatric cardiologist who didn’t let me do anything before surgery. All my running has been after surgery. I was 24 years old and six years post surgery before doing my first 5k.

With a lot of training and a decent tail wind, I can still break a half hour after two surgeries now. Coming up on 48 years old.
 

MartinF

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About a year and a half before my surgery I ran a 21:55 5K, in April 2011. Had OHS in 2012 at 55. Ran my best post surgery 5K in 2015 at 58, time 27:14. This was a cross-country course that wasn't the fastest. So I think I lost about 5 minutes post-surgery. My EF is low and I'm on a beta blocker. I haven't run well for a couple years but I think I'm getting stronger and hope to be running better soon. I've run races since I was about 18 years old, distances from 5K to 100 miles. Covid has delayed racing and looking forward to a race next year.
 
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TanMan

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Hey everyone I’m a little new to the forum, but I found it funny that this question was brought up about exercise tolerance after OHS. I was very very physical prior to my surgery and my paces were around 6 minute mile paces and I would typically run 30-40 miles a week. I am only 20 years old and had my surgery 3 and a half months ago. The doctor cleared me to go back to running and working out. I have had a more difficult time getting my paces back. That being said, I have had four months off of running and am out of shape from were I was. I now find myself tired after 2 miles and I can barely break an 8 minute pace. I am thankful that I still get to run and can be physical, but am hoping I can get back to the lower times I had previously. I was on a beta blocker for a short period of time, but am not on one any more.
 

jcgtok17

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Even though heavy (95kg) I run daily. Pre AVR surgery I was faster, but still find that with my doctor mandated max of 145 bpm I enjoy it. My best 1/2 was 1:47 and best full 3:59 (at 45). My 10 k is currently a leisurely 1 hour and 8 minutes.
 

SumoRunner

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At the time of my AVR, I was probably ~190 lbs (86Kg) but many years later it rose to 250 (113Kg) and I still ran daily, only slowly. I did roughly 1000 miles per year (1600 Km) over 40 years when I had to stop. It wasn't the heart that stopped me. It was arthritis in the back. I still walk 3-4 miles daily, and swim about 3-4 miles a week. My weight is back down to ~195 lbs now.
 

johnmarkos

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Before the surgery I could run a mile in about 6 minutes and a 5K under 21. Then afterward the times were an 8 minute mile and 25 for 5K.
I ran about a 20’30” 5K when I was in my early 40s. I’m 49 now, almost 50, and I haven’t done any races since my AVR in January of this year, because global pandemic, but my training times don’t seem any slower than just before surgery. I’ve run a couple sub-25 minute 5Ks without working too hard. I suspect I could get under 21 in a race.
 
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