Thursday, February 7, 2013

Thoughts & Things: Blood Thinners, Running, Bike Trainer

I've had some really random thoughts and ideas going on as well as things to share. So I thought this would be perfect for a Thursday Thoughts and Things post.
This is my "I'm thinking" look also showing how I look when I don't dress myself up & put on makeup.
 (and wow, am I really leaving that picture for all to see?)

Thin Blood/Oxygen Relationship? 
I've been running crazy fast times lately with my running partner. This hasn't been intentional by any means. I have honestly been trying to just get comfortable with running again and slowly trying to add distance in.

I've been learning about the training effect and how exercise can increase your capillaries as well as improve your overall cardio function. In other words, more oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to your hard-working muscles.

This got me to thinking, could the blood thinners, in other words, thinner blood mean even easier blood flow? Greater output of this oxygen-rich blood? Could that be part of what's helping me run so much faster suddenly as well as having great recovery after the run?

I might be tired as hell. Some days I can barely peel myself out of bed after 10 hours of sleep and walk around looking like I've been run over by a truck. But suddenly, cardio is clicking? Just random thoughts so any experts out there, please weigh in!

Why I Run - in someone else's words
If you run, don't run, love it, hate it, you should read this post "Why we love to run" from Dr. Nick's Running blog. Seriously the best explanation I've read about why runners run. I can't ever seem to put it into words; somehow, he does.

Bike Trainer
I always loved my spin classes but never wanted to actually own and ride a bike. I'm terrified of falling. But, in November, I finally got a bike. I was able to get in two rides before the blood clot issue. We ended up investing in a trainer and I promptly jumped back on the bike for cross-training workouts.

Clearly I've become a little obsessed with my spin workouts now - as you can tell from my posted workouts: Quad Killer, Chase & Race, and Holy Hills.

Even more, my running buddy has a bike and wants us to sign up for a bike race sometime in the nearer future. Eek!

What are some thoughts and/or things for you today?