Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Metro Runners Group - 2 in a Row

So I got up at 5AM again and enjoyed my 3 mile group run before work again. I don't like morning runs, but I may start changing my tune pretty soon.

My legs DO NOT hurt after these morning runs. That is a definite plus.

This time, I got to the gym a few minutes early and was able to hit the treadmill for a few minutes to warm up my legs. Since I was on the treadmill and it has a TV, I was able to watch the morning news. It was 46 degrees when we started our run. 46! That is freezing in Orlando.

Our group run leader said during our run today that others may join our group. You don't need a gym membership to participate. I think this is a very smart move by the gym. More than using the running group as a benefit to current members, it can be utilized as a marketing tool.

Also to Amy with the comment to my earlier post about running induced asthma, I appreciate your advice. As I mentioned, it was cold this morning. I didn't prepare by using a scarf while running, but I did partially cover my neck by wearing a hooded sweatshirt. That kept over half of my neck warm. About 3/4 of the way through the run, I took off the sweatshirt because I was sweating underneath. Shortly thereafter, the back of my neck got cold and my chest started to constrict. I only had a little more to run we weren't running too fast, so I kept going as is. I do appreciate the advice, though, and I will remember to keep my sweatshirt on the next it is cold.

Warmup: .75 miles on the dreadmill
Run: 3.0 miles on the pavement

Total for the day: 3.75 miles

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Morning Run with a Running Group

I woke up at 5AM this morning. As I twitted this morning, "If I had a rooster, I would have woke him up." I think that sums it up.

I haven't run in the morning in years. At least 2. It felt good, though. The morning rush of energy is great. It was cool, too. Around 50 degrees. My legs felt great and after cruising 3 miles with the new running group, I even did a quick 10 minute strengthing workout in the gym.

I was hoping we would meet at least one more time per week, but for now, I have to wait until next Tuesday.

I guess we'll have to see how this affects my sleeping patterns. I hit the hay around midnight last night and slept solid for the full five. Most nights though, I go to sleep closer to 1 or 2AM.

Either way, 3 miles logged and I still have the full day ahead of me. Let's see if I can hold this up past mid-afternoon. :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Running Induced Asthma?

I have this happen to me frequently this time of year. I start feeling a shortness of breath even when my heart and the rest of my body aren't being taxed that much.

It doesn't take very long into my run to start feeling it either. Maybe 5 minutes or so. It makes me have to stop and walk and it's really annoying, because it throws off any pace that I had.

I can't tell if it has something to do with temperatures or allergens.

I know I have problems with Oak in late spring and early summer, but that usually makes my nose run and my eyes itchy. It doesn't affect my breathing.

If that was the case, I could take a pill a couple hours before running and just make sure that I drink more water. I can deal with that.

The symptoms seem to go away by the time my blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature are back to normal, which usually takes about 15-20 minutes after my runs.

Also, when it's real cold out (anything under 40 degrees), I may not get this feeling until after I am done running and I go indoors where heat is being used.

Does anyone up north or someone in Florida during this time of year experience a mild case of asthma during their runs? If so, is there anything I can do to prevent it or is there a quicker way to recover?