As a new runner....heck as any runner...you have those time when you may feel like your going to have a heart attack. One race I ran with a friend, it was her first, she kept telling me that her heart was going to give out! I also ran with a friend who watched her heart rate monitor closer than card counters in Vegas look at cards! I actually took it away from her and no she did not in fact have a heart attack! She is now a triathlete!
There are tragic stories from marathons or other running circles that you hear of people dropping dead during runs. Even the Hood to Coast movie (makes me cry every time!) follows one team, Heart and Sole, who has a member whose heart literally stopped on the course. She was there the next year determined to run again! However, the important thing that doctors want you to know is that most if not all of these people had something wrong with their heart BEFORE they stepped up to the starting line.
Running in fact is very good for your heart! My hubs was at the doctor's and he was explaining to him how running makes your heart pump more efficiently. Runners are known for their lower than low resting heart rates. Deena Kastor, during Olympic time, was said to have a resting heart rate of just 28 beats per minute.....holy wow! Mine is usually around 55....no where near Olympic greatness but amazing for me! An article written by Elizabeth McLeod Sadler of Vanderbilt wrote,
"Finally, running strengthens the heart and helps prevent heart attacks. The large muscle exercise it provides helps keep the cardio system efficient and strong. In fact, the heart of an inactive person beats 36,000 more times each day than that of a runner, as running keep the arteries open and the blood flowing smoothly."
So what do you say? Yes you will experience heart break from running....but you'll also experience the addictive runner's high and the feeling of your heart soaring just from reaching your goals! Go on out there and hit the pavement or mill....your heart will thank you!
Are you wearing your red today? Today is National Wear Red Day to raise support for women's heart health. Put on that red and go run!!