EVIDENCE THAT RUNNING IS GOOD FOR THE HEART

I ran this morning, but not as early as I had planned. I thought it was going to be better weather. The temps were better with 65°F (18.3°C) when I started out at 9:20 am, but the humidity was high again at 83% according to Garmin. I don’t trust Garmin’s weather today though. It has the exact same thing for my warm up walk, run, and cool down walk. I know it warmed up about 5 degrees while I was running, according to my thermometer. Garmin said it was 70°F and 83% humidity the entire time. I doubt that.

Anyway, today was a 40 min Tempo run…5 min Zone 1, 5 min Zone 2, 20 min Zone 3, 5 min Zone 2, 5 min Zone 1. It took a bit for my legs to loosen up, but once they did, it felt pretty good. I didn’t get my HR into Zone 3 as much as I was supposed to. I felt like I was running at a pretty “hard” pace for me, but my HR didn’t agree, I guess. I was happy with my splits: 12:54, 11:42, 11:40, and 12:54. I estimated from the graphs that I ran 1.77 miles during the tempo portion, with an average pace of 11:17 min/mile. That’s pretty good for me.

I finished the run at mom’s and went in to talk to her for a few minutes. I was dripping with sweat, literally. I leaned over with my arms on my knees and could hear the sweat hitting my running skirt…drip, drip, drip…just like a leaky faucet. HAHA Does anyone else sweat that much?

Stats: Walked 1.0 mile in 15:13 minutes for a 3.9 mph pace. Ran 3.30 miles in 40:08 minutes for a 12:10 min/mile (4.9 mph) pace. Elevation gain was 216 feet. My average HR was 146 bpm, with a max of 162 bpm. Times in zones were: Z1-2:35 min, Z2-26:01 min, and Z3-10:46 min. I was pleased with this run.

I went to the doctor today for my annual checkup. He was impressed with my blood work results and found nothing to be concerned about. I don’t need to go back to him for a year, unless I get sick, of course. I was pretty happy that he said over all my blood work was better than any he has seen in at least 2 years (I am assuming for any age group) and that my HDL is the highest that he has ever seen. It is 121 mg/dL. It has always been pretty high, but is steadily increasing due to running. My LDL has also decreased over the last 2 years from 128 mg/dL to 76mg/dL. I take these levels to be evidence that running is good for the heart and gives me added motivation to keep it up.

He was also impressed that I am training for a HM and told everyone in the office (staff) that I was. I may have influenced his intern to start running. 🙂 We talked about it a little and I suggested she read 80/20 running and give it a go. What really made her think about it was when she found out that I didn’t start running until I a few years ago…it’s not something I grew up doing.

I did some shopping and then, after I got home, went out and mowed my yard for 2 hours. I got plenty of exercise today.

10 thoughts on “EVIDENCE THAT RUNNING IS GOOD FOR THE HEART

  1. Wow, nice job. I’m betting getting good numbers from the doc is awesomely motivating and validating.

    I hope you did influence the intern to start running. I, too, started seriously running later in life and not when I was young. It’s always easier to stay in shape than it to get into shape.

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