This morning I went back to the ginormous East Bank Club with my poppa. First of all, the people watching in such a large space is amazing. It kept me entertained for a whole ten miles on the treadmill. It’s better than TV.
About eight miles in, something really strange started happening. Several fingers on my left hand began to tingle and eventually went almost numb. This had never happened to me before. I started thinking, do I feel right? Am I dizzy? No, I wasn’t dizzy. Even though I consider myself healthy and young, I know that I’m not above an injury or an illness… so I had to assess the situation and check myself. I was running at a faster pace than I typically would run for a ten-miler in the past (gotta get that sub-4, yo). I slowed down a few points and continued on my run. The tingling lingered and I ignored it. Then eventually it was gone. Has this happened to any of you before?
I did 10 miles in 1 hr 26 minutes, which translates to an 8:35 min/mile pace. I had to restart the treadmill after 60 minutes. I hate how most treadmills seem to be programed to turn off after 60 minutes. Um, you’re interrupting my workout.
When I got home I googled “fingers tingling during running.” The first hit? This article from livestrong.com actually titled “Tingling Fingers during Running,”… Check out an excerpt:
“However, a more-common cause is lack of blood in your upper body, as your leg muscles monopolize your circulatory system during a long run. Running causes a number of vascular changes that could result in tingling or numbness in your fingers. While running, blood is directed to the lower body to facilitate movement of the large muscles in the leg. Over long distances, the body adjusts to a state in which blood concentrates in the lower regions. Less blood flow remains for the upper extremities, such as the hands and fingers, which can lead to tingling or numbness in these regions.” [source, livestrong.com]
Well, those darn greedy legs. Taking all the blood. Just as long as I’m getting enough flow to my brain, I’m good. As you peeps know, I am a nurse and was a physiology major in college so stuff like this interests me. I think the changes that occur in the body during exercise and with long term training is really cool. I’m a nerd.
There are some treadmills at East Bank that go up to 30% incline. Whaat?? That’s insane. I’ve never heard of a treadmill going up that high; I had only seen 15% until today. It also went to a negative 3% grade. Crazy stuff.
I had the most delicious grapefruit this afternoon. Grapefruit is probably my favorite fruit. I said probably because I know I could never actually choose one fruit as my favorite. Grapefruit is up there though.
My mom gave me something for Easter. Naughty girl. I’ve only had one.
And here’s a picture of Molly just because she is so cute. I wish you guys could meet her because she has the best cat-personality ever. She’s a diva. She loves cuddling and massaging your face with her paws. She’s also a nervous wreck all the time. Oh, Molls. She cracks me up.
I’m off to go bowling and eat a little pizza. Fun Saturday evening with the crew. Have a good one guys!