Why I Do Not Run - And Why (Maybe) You Should Not Either
Saturday, December 01, 2012
6AM on Saturday morning, at roughly the quarter pole of the Chanamas Weight Loss Game (check my other recent blogs for detail). My gym bag is packed, as I have availed myself of the holiday membership discount. And yes, they have a pool there too (you know me...). I'm excited to get back into the swing of things (and swing without the "g" too!).
They also have a bazillion treadmills and such in front of a bazillion big-screen TVS at the gym, an indoor track, etc. A lot of people run, one way or another. The fat part of the bell-shaped curve for the typical runner I see at the gym is about 25, but there are some creaky, ancient people like me logging the miles as well. Not that I intended to do running in the first place, but...
So the Yahoo home page greets me with an article about running for middle-aged and older people that really caught my attention. Of course, anything one reads on the internet is absolutely true (!) and this article started like this:
"Running, long considered a healthy hobby, may actually be dangerous for some. At least that’s the prevailing opinion of a number of the country’s top cardiologists... Endurance training and marathon running can literally push your heart to its limit, causing a variety of acute problems, such as arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat... Some of these problems are impossible to predict... For older athletes, the toll that running takes may even outweigh the benefits gained from exercise... "
A hyperlink to the whole article is below. I have had a nuclear cardiac stress test (a way fun experience and certain future blog fodder - I was wearing my cocky hat that day!) and passed with flying colors despite the physical attributes that made me a Sparky in the first place (spare tire ala the Michelen Man!...). My Doc cautioned me to WALK, not to run. If I cann't carry on a conversation while doing so without gasping, slow down. His words, not mine. Now this article.
So walking it will be for me. Albiet briskly. Among other wet-and-splashy gym activities. And Chanamas Game members look out. I dug myself a hole and do not take to losing very kindly, so...