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Running: Week 6

I’m a one bad mama jama, people. I only ran once this week. Once! I’ve been so busy preparing for school that I was left with no time to run, and that’s just wrong.

I need more time in the day. Do you think the government could fix that for me? I mean, they did give us daylight savings, so why not more time? I’m going to put in a request for that.

I’ve been running on the treadmill at the gym since the heat refuses to say good-bye. The treadmill and I have come to a mutual understanding; I’m going to play nice, and it’s not going to hurt me. I usually run for 30 minutes on an incline of two, running about 2.5 miles at a pace of 5.5. I’m really hoping to graduate to 3 miles soon, but that requires more time on the treadmill. If only I could win the lotto and become a rich housewife of Baltimore, then I would have the time to workout more. Now I’m dreaming about being a rich housewife of Baltimore.

Thanks to the treadmill, I’ve come to learn the importance of a cool down. Did you know there’s a button for that on a treadmill? How fancy. I’ve never actually utilized the cool-down method. I would just run and stop, leaving myself dizzy. I would walk back to my car all caddywompus like, with my head spinning, my heart rate still accelerated, and my legs feeling like jell-o. It’s a horrible feeling. Then, the “cool down” button appeared. It was like a sign from the gods, so I gave it a test run. On the treadmill, the cool-down option gradually slows your speed, allowing your heart rate and breathing to slow to its normal pace. And, wouldn’t you know, it works. No more caddywompus feeling for me.

When you run and abruptly stop without giving yourself some time to adjust, your body goes into shock; however, if you allow yourself a cool down, your body is able to right itself, pull itself together, in a sense. It allows your body to gain back a sense of equilibrium. It’s like an airplane taking off, it needs time to adjust to its surrounding airspace before it levels itself in the air. The same goes for your body. It needs to adjust, and that adjustment takes some time. Your heart rate needs time to slow, your breathing needs time to steady, and your muscles need time relax. If you give yourself the time for a cool down, your body will thank you for it, and you won’t be left feeling like you’re about to pass out. It takes my body about 3-4 minutes to cool down and bounce back.

Keep pounding that pavement!

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5 Responses to “Running: Week 6”

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    CCU — September 8, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Keep it up my friend, your determination rocks my socks :D

    Choc Chip Uru


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    Samantha @ Ferraro Kitchen — September 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Good job gf!! Yes you MUST cool down!! Your blood vessels are still dilated from running. When you stop abruptly, they are still dilated and your BP drops way too fast which is leaving you dizzy. When you feel like that, remember to get your head and heart at the same level so blood gets back to your head. I did a slow 3 miles yesterday..gonna work on my time next!


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    @bluenotebacker — September 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve been reading along and want to congratulate you for sticking with it! It’s finally getting cool enough here that I’ll try to get myself outdoors to run, but up til know I’ve been staying in the gym. I usually do about an hr on the elliptical trainer after my weights (not a big fan of treadmills) and while I don’t do a cooldown on the machine, I have about a 5 minute walk back home from the gym after, so that’s how I get myself back in line after a workout


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    CJ at Food Stories — September 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    You’re doing a great job … Keep up the good work!


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    shannon — September 11, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    you’re like my hero right now with running. since it’s lovely out, i sometimes take the Wee One for a bonus walk/jog during the day (in addition to our evening walks), and i think about you every time i try to pick up the pace and run.
    downhill only, mind you. but we still try, and i actually ran up one mini-hill the other day and i cheered for myself a tiny bit.

    treadmills are so nice for the forced cool down! i forget when i’m out in the neighborhood, but at the gym, it gives me a nice breather before i stretch (i sometimes do a little cool down between cardio machines, too. it does make a big difference in how you feel later on.

    you keep running, girl!


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