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I have light head and my heart is running fast

I haven t ran for a long time and the past week I started running again. However, as I keep running and running, my heart starts to thump faster and faster and then it starts to feel like it s going to explode. I have no choice but to stop running and wait for it to stop every time. I remember before when I ran in grade 7 and 8 my heart didn t feel like it was going to explode, it felt different. Also, sometimes when I m running my stomach feels like it s burning and I just finished running today and I feel really really light-headed. Is this normal? Is this the result of not running for a long time or do I have heart problems or asthma? I don t have asthma... I think I m getting it though.
Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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It is just from being a couch potato for all winter. Most of us are hard pressed to go running come spring. I really think it will get better as you get back into shape. And when you finally get back to where you can run like you did in middle school, stay that way!!! Don't get like this again!! You must run all year around, somewhere!! Find an indoor track or use the basketball court and just make laps around the perimeter as well as the old coaches trick of running up and down the bleachers. Yeah!! it is harsh!! And I don't sound really friendly saying it! But when we do the winter couch potato we really are not doing ourselves any favors. It gets harder and harder the older you get, to get back in shape after laying off for several months.
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