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Misconceptions about running

Bettyb719
Bettyb719Graduate

I was out last night with a group of friends, one of whom hadn’t heard about my running malarkey. She was aghast, and immediately said that “but it’s so bad for your joints!” and “I’ve looked at joggers and they are all red in the face and sweaty. That can’t be good for you!” Well, my resting heart rate has been steadily coming down over the last two months. I wonder if it’s connected to the running 😜. To be fair, I’d probably have said the same a few months ago. Two runs till graduation!

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Elfe5
Elfe5Graduate

I hope you ( politely) told her!! Go you! You are doing brilliantly! 😀

Bettyb719
Bettyb719Graduate
in reply to Elfe5

Luckily, a fellow runner, who is a medical research scientist, backed me up!

CatMo13
CatMo13Graduate
in reply to Bettyb719

Hah well there you go ! Can’t really question that 😁

dindy
dindyGraduate

Resting heart rate coming down is an indication of your fitness getting better. Definitely connected to running so well done.Only 2 runs to go (-: so it will not be long b4 we see the word "Graduate" besides your name(-:

Do not forget to carry on running 30 mins 3 times a week for a few more weeks before moving on to greater distance or whatever you fancy. That way you will get your body really used to running for 30 mins.In the end 30 mins will not seem very long.

Bettyb719
Bettyb719Graduate
in reply to dindy

Thank you! The support from everyone here has been amazing! I’ve got the next few weeks all planned and runs in the diary! Parkrun in a couple of weeks maybe. 😀

Hidden
Hidden

My heard rate as come down as well. He time it takes to recover from a 30 minute run. I'd be huffing and puffing for 5 mins after W1R1 but now a minute or so after 5K I'm nearly back to my original shade. Keep on running. 👍☺️

Bettyb719
Bettyb719Graduate
in reply to Hidden

I will! Wk1R1 I couldn’t believe how hard it was, but now I cool down by walking briskly up the hill to my house!

Ghaghdog
GhaghdogGraduate

Yes. I have had the same comments too but have carried on. When I started this programme in April I struggled to do the first week! Still struggle a bit now running for 30 mins but I am sure I feel better for it generally. Well done you! 😊🏃‍♀️

Bettyb719
Bettyb719Graduate
in reply to Ghaghdog

Yes, I struggle with the first part of the runs, but surprisingly it is enjoyable a lot of the time, and such a sense of achievement afterwards, and generally feeling fitter - it’s all good!

Our hearts have a limited number of beats... Evidence is there in the animal kingdom. So it follows that running uses up your life. So spoke a scientist friend.

But resting heart rate is lower, so fitness reduces the total count, increasing life span. Quite apart from the avoidance of decrepitude.

Running suits me as an exercise, and I'm delighted that my wife is starting to find that by following C25K.

The ideas that non-runners come up with to avoid the issue of exercise is amazing.

Bettyb719
Bettyb719Graduate
in reply to Tony2

I made these excuses myself...No more though...

Vikkis
VikkisGraduate

I’ve found the same with my resting heart rate, it’s steadily come down over the weeks I’ve been running.

Maybe58
Maybe58Graduate

Well done for carrying on after that less than supportive comment! You never know she may be inspired to give it a go when she sees you graduate 👩‍🎓 I’m 59 and my mother said to me ‘aren’t you too old for that!’ Well it spurred me on to prove her wrong. I’ve graduated and now training for a 10K. So keep it up!!

Bettyb719
Bettyb719Graduate
in reply to Maybe58

I will! May reach the heights of a 10K some time but I think I’ll be happy if I reach 5 any time soon. One more run till graduation, and I’m loving it more and more...

Maybe58
Maybe58Graduate

That’s all the motivation you need 🏃‍♀️🏅

Bettyb719
Bettyb719Graduate
in reply to Maybe58

Thank you! Love this forum!

Dralimc
DralimcGraduate

Yes I told myself that for 30 years. After 12 weeks running, back and knees have never felt better. 😊🏃🏻‍♀️

Bettyb719
Bettyb719Graduate
in reply to Dralimc

Absolutely- I so wish I’d done it years ago, but better late than never!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

Sitting in the couch is good for the joints... well, it is and it isn’t... your friend needs to see those joggers when they’re not running, and read about how running shoes these days reduce the impact on the joints and those joints actually strengthen along with the muscles, heart, lungs and mind.

Whatever you do in life you’ll find the ones that knock it have never done it.

Way to go... can’t wait for your graduation.

Bettyb719
Bettyb719Graduate
in reply to UnfitNoMore

Excellent - I love my running shoes! Really like your name!

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator
in reply to Bettyb719

Thanks, it was more a message to myself than a name, I can’t avoid it if it’s on all my messages

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