Good morning, my lovely friends. This morning was crazy. I went for a much needed run after two days off, and I felt great and strong. I had to dodge quite a bit of traffic, and saw a few other runners out there. The weather was perfect. I finished my run and walked in my door, and started having heart palpitations. Normally heart palpitations are a little alarming, but they are even more alarming immediately following a workout. I’m not entirely sure what happened or why I had them, but I went back out and took my dog for a walk. As soon as I walked out the door they stopped. It was very strange. Sometimes when I haven’t gotten sufficient sleep I get heart palpitations, so I’m hoping that’s what the problem was and not that I’m in desperate need of seeing a cardiologist. Geeze, I sound like my dad. But when heart disease runs in your family, you can never be too careful.
While we’re on the topic of heart health, there was a very interesting study done that showed male marathoners have larger plaques in arteries than sedentary men. More research needs to be done but it is very intriguing. Out of the marathoners and the control group of sedentary men, none of the marathoners had diabetes and 17% of the control group did. The authors of the study do note, however, “[L]ack of physical activity and exercise training are much greater problems for our society than is the potential adverse effects of excessive endurance exercise. We must recognize that most participants in excessive endurance exercise, including marathon runners, are not doing this activity for health reasons alone, but are driven by the thrill of competition, fellowship, and the attainment of personal goals.”
As a runner, and a half marathoner, I couldn’t agree more. The researchers hit the nail on the head. Prior to completing the half marathon, I ran 3-4 miles every day or two to make sure I was healthy. But once I got the itch to compete in a longer distance, it became more of a competition with myself. I wanted to see how far I could go, how fast I could go, and how I could push my endurance to the limits. I say now that I won’t ever do a marathon, but I’m sure I will one day.
Anyways, it was an interesting study, and as runners or family members of runners, it’s important to keep this kind of information filed away for future use or reference should it be needed. Important to note, this study was not done on women. You can read the full study here.
On the docket for tomorrow is a review (hint, it’s headwear — no, not headgear) AND a giveaway.
Who’s excited?! THIS GIRL!!!! Stay tuned for some awesomesauce gear heading your way. Honestly, among the next three weeks, I’ve got some great reviews, goodies, and discount codes to share. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out.
This morning was supposed to be a zoo day with friends for me and the rugrats, but unfortunately everyone decided to wake up before 6:30 am. There’s no way Little Bee would make it until 2:00 pm without a nap, so we have to sit this trip out. Kind of a bummer. But instead, we will take a trip to Lowe’s and improve our home improvement. Ha… like that? Whoop!
All right, friends. Hope you have a great day. What’s on your plate for the week? Any upcoming work projects, or home improvement projects?
What sorts of ailments run in your family?
How do you stay healthy?