Only do what your heart tells you.

In an effort to update my wife’s website to something a little more up to date, you know in its current state it’s soooooo 2004. I am looking to put a CMS as the driver for the website. I currently have WP on there as a test, but I am not interested in making all the edits to make it less like a blog and more like an information website. So, I downloaded Drupal and have been frustrated as Drupal has not been able to install despite following all the suggestions instructions.

(aside)The title of this post is a quote from the late Princess Di
Well, on to the run.

I was going to title this post “My Other (Running) Brother Darrell” as all I could think about was his little question in the comment section of my I gave Blood Post:

As a benefit getting most of your own blood volume back should have less of an effect on your training. What do you think?

A few things came together as I struggle with an 8:45 pace as almost a tempo pace. That No, it will not have less of an effect. Now, it terms of blood volume, getting the plasma and white blood cells back was definitely nice, sort of not needing to drink as much water to get my volume back up. And Super Nurse Pam mentioned that I got my Whities back and that will help with my immune system (and with 2 kids, I need all the help I can get!)
But what about the Red Blood Cells? I think the fact that I can’t donate for an extra 8 weeks on top of the standard 8 weeks for using Alyx is a clue. The Medic website was not of any great use to the intricacies of Alyx, so I can’t comment about that. My unprofessional guess is that I have lower RBC count than I would if I had just done the straight ‘poke and drain’ method.

Since RBC are the carriers of Oxygen to all parts of the body, I have less guys to cover energy demands of the body. Thus, when I am running, I am getting tired faster as the RBC can’t supply enough oxygen for the level of exertion during my workouts. I could take a hit from an inhaler to help ‘open the doors’ of the lungs a little more…
Troubling? Nah, not when I imagine this is the cause. I mean, if I wasn’t sure, then yeah, I’d be upset that a 8:30 min pace is kicking my ass when just 2 weeks ago I could still crank out a 7:30 pace without much trouble.
So, how do I take advantage of this? Keep running… again non-professional conclusion is that I can train as if I am at Altitude, but I have to be careful.

If at altitude, say Colorado Springs, then there is less oxygen present in the air. So, the less oxygen intake means less to carry to the rest of the body. So, if I have less blood to carry the oxygen, there should be some proportionality (maybe not 1:1) to the effects of training at altitude and less RBC from donating.

If I run at the speed levels that I was running before lying in the comfy chair with Alyx, I could lead myself to an injury, most likely a muscular injury due to some form of oxygen deprivation. Much like the calf injury that I got a couple years back when I decided that I would run 13 miles, the same day that I gave blood. Not only did it act up then, but it was nice enough to flare up during some of my longer runs.
So I should wear my heart rate monitor, as it can at least tell me the level at which the heart is working. I don’t want to have too much training at the Max Heart rate level, but I should be able to know when I can push it.

Steve Runner on his podcast, Phedippidations, recently went over new gadgets and gizmos and talked about the new features of some of the heart rate monitor-computers. The HRM that I have is a barebones basic version, it can tell me heart rate and beep if I get out of a range that I set. Perhaps next year I can look into investing into a new one.

So this is what I ran today:

Mile 1: 8:20
Mile 2: 8:38
Mile 3: 8:47
Mile 4: 10:15

For an even 36:00 minutes, for a 9:00min pace.

I did run 3 miles on Monday at about the same rate. Started out a little quick and then burned out.

I should be fine for my 10 mile race at the end of January… more on that next month.

The podcast is recorded and needs some editing, it may be a date late, but never a dollar short.

I won’t run tomorrow because it’s our office’s Christmas Lunch. Last Year I got a popcorn tin with the movie Madagascar on the side… I know now why we had lame ass gifts like that, but’s for tomorrow.

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0 Responses to Only do what your heart tells you.

  1. DPeach says:

    Drupal is a good choice from what I hear. I use phpWebsite on my non-blog site ( It has served me well for what I need.

    Didn’t you hear the episode of Phedip where the guy wrote in and said he was hooked up to one of those machines and it knocked him off pace for 6 months? I don’t know if it was the same thing or not, but I think it was on an episode just before the WWH in October.

  2. darrell says:

    See, what do I know? I’m notorious for not thinking things threw to a logical conclusion. The RBC shortage makes sense to me now. I was just thinking in terms of hydration. You will get those back eventually, right? In the mean time don’t hurt yourself.

    I did kind of like the alternate title to the post though. 😉

  3. darrell says:

    I guess I can’t spell either. The correct word is through not threw.

  4. Pam says:

    Well, your theory is correct in IMHO. I don’t know much about the process you went thru so I can’t say for sure, but yeah, you have fewer boxcars to carry said oxygen anytime you donate any blood product save platelets. (that’s how A&P teachers explain it to us..heheee)

    Iron…B complex. Slow and steady wins the race.

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