by Carrie Adams
While running in Central Park after college, Josh Zitomer gave himself a heart attack. He was doing hill repeats and his heart rate hit 209. He felt his chest tighten and his left arm began to hurt. He recalls, “I’m on my hands and knees in the dirt bridle path and all I see are feet walking past me. Nobody stopped. I felt like I had done six ultra’s in a row.” After several agonizing moments on the ground he managed to collect himself and then headed back to the gym where he worked to meet with a client who happened to be a doctor. She took one look at him and said, “What’s wrong with you?” An EKG at the hospital confirmed her suspicion that he had suffered a heart attack.