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exercise ruminations

I feel so good today after my attempt at running! It's a 1 mile route around a small park near my house. And I run/walked it. Usually I just walk it, but I'm doing the Gabriel Method. Basically it's that guy I mentioned earlier, about how you're fat, because your body wants to be fat. Basically, in a more scientific way, it tries to increase your metabolism. Most obese people have leptin imbalance and insulin resistance. I like how his program appeals to my woo-woo beliefs, and also to my scientific beliefs.

Anyways, one point he made about exercise is that.. if you count the calories you lose in an exercise.. like my 1 mile run/walk was probably 100 calories burned (less if you're smaller than me), and a red lobster biscuit is 150 calories. It's pretty discouraging. But he says that we shouldn't think of exercise as a calorie burner, but more to teach your body to be an athlete again, to remember that there may be predators out there who may EAT you, so you better be able to run away from them or hunt. It's teaching your body that being thin and fit is needed to feel safe.

So I felt terrible running. My feet hurts, and I remembered why I dislike running. But after I was done... I got my trusty serotonin high and felt real good about myself. And as I'm wont to do, I thought: I can do the Austin Distance Challenge! The Distance Challenge is a series of races starting in Sept with a 10K usually, and the distances increase until the Austin Marathon in February. Loyal readers may remember that I did that in 2007 and finished second to last. I wanted to be last, but an old man with walking sticks beat me to that. The announcer would be like. "Hey, it's  <myname>!" and be all happy. (The announcer and everyone else can't close the course when there's still people doing it, I always finish before the official closing time, I think. But they probably would like to close early.).

Anyways, Andy can sigh in relief about having to drive me to races at 7 am on Sundays, because the first race of the distance challenge was last weekend. Boo. So I can't do that. But I could still sign up for the Austin Marathon again..... hmmm. Anyone else planning to do that?

In another note, Monday I went to ballet class and got a million of corrections that were helpful but also embarassing to be picked on so much. And then yesterday night we played "Origins" a really frustrating but strangely addictive game where I think we had fun and lots of frustration. After the game, Andy said he heard me yelling from his room, "You stole my elders! Stop stealing my elders!!"


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Sep. 30th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
somewhere buried in this NPR story are scientifically proven facts that interval training (getting your heart rate way up in 'sprints' for short periods of time during otherwise normal exercise) burns more than just keeping the HR steady for the whole time.
Sep. 30th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
yeah i've heard about that. there was a nytimes article about it a few months ago too, about how just 10 mins a day of exercise was enough, if you're doing it till you're almost dying kind of way.
Sep. 30th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
I also wanted to let you know that I hate running, and am doing a run/walk thing to prep for the 10k we're doing next month. The first 15 minutes I usually feel like I'm going to die, my knee/achilles/hip/chest is going to break/fall off/damage/die or some combination of all of that. I usually like the second 15 minutes, and then I'm tired and drag my ass through the rest of whatever time it takes to do the run I'm doing.

The endorphin high at the end is pretty good though. I am always glad I did it. I just find that the "activation energy" necessary to get me off my ass and doing a workout video is way less than going out for a run.
Sep. 30th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
I love running. I competed in high school and cross-country.

But I have never once experienced an endorphin high or the runner's high. And that includes two marathons! I feel good at the end because of the sense of accomplishment (unless I got a crap time or injured), but I have no idea what people are talking about with the high thing.

FWIW, my observations are that most people who don't have any experience with coached training exercise very poorly, which is part of why it doesn't do much for weight loss (although I think even poor exercise helps with overall health and fitness). People don't push themselves enough or vary their workouts enough.
Sep. 30th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
When people exercise, seretonin can break through the blood/brain barrier and make people feel good. It is possible that you have enough seretonin in your brain that having more doesn't do anything to you. Are you prone to depression or anxiety?
Sep. 30th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say I'm prone to either of those things, but I don't think I'm unusually happy either.
Sep. 30th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
That's what I've heard about hooping, but I'm such a dreamy sort of hooper that unless I focus on it, I end up just slowly sort of twirling around. Not very sprint-y.
Sep. 30th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
hooping probably relaxes you though, so it's fine :)
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