The Lola Papers: Marathons, Misadventures, and How I Became a Serious Runner.
These are the words that struck me:
So, te kid doesn't believe in warming up,' Mr. SpeedyPants said during a conversational intermission.'
'No warm-up, huh?' Mr.Speedy Pants's old buddy Tim replied. It was one of the most ridiculous things he had ever heard.'
'No… no. See,' I defended myself,' I have only so many steps in me, and I don't want to waste them warming up.'
This is exactly how I feel about warming up! Isn't it enough I go out running? Isn't that warming-up all by itself?! Like Lola I have to be careful how I 'spend' my steps. Wasting them on warming-up seems like a, well, a waste.
In my defense, I do dó some stretching after about 10 minutes of running. I bend over, and try to touch my toes with my fingers. And then I put one leg behind the other, and lean forward and stuff. That's warming-up right? And I also do this at the end of my run, so I'm even cooling down too. I figure: I've been running for 10 years now, and I've not suffered from any aches or pains, knock on wood. So I must be doing something right. Right?
Nevertheless, all that talk about the importance of warming-up worries me sometimes. Should I do more warming up?
Do you warm up?
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