Tag Archives: Oxygen

Causes of Cold Stomach After Running

After my sunday morning run I touched my tummy and I was a little bit shocked to feel it was cold. My first reaction was something must be wrong: I have associated cold things with dead things!

When I got back home I immediately switched on my laptop and started Googling “cause of cold stomach after running”

My nerves were calmed down when I learn’t it was normal to experience a cold stomach after running.

According to answers.com

Your stomach gets cold when you work out because you are burning calories/losing weight. The fats and carbohydrates get digested much quicker and the blood begins to rush to other organs at a faster rate. Fermetation then kicks in and replaces the oxygen being lost from your blood going elsewhere in your body with lactic acid. The lactic acid will cause both a buring in you abdominales along with a colder feeling on the surface of you stomach.

Music Makes You Run Faster : Benefit of Listening To Music While Running

Researchers are now reporting you can gain alot by listening to music in your Ipod / MP3 player while running.

From the BBC website

Dr Costas Karageorghis and Professor Peter Terry, sports psychologists from Brunel University West London and the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba respectively found music increased energy efficiency by 1-3%, meaning athletes could run further on the same amount of oxygen.

The researchers further found women seemed to benefit more than men.

Maybe this new find explains why elite runners are banned from listening to Ipods while running.

Read more at BBC Health

Dr Costas Karageorghis and Professor Peter Terry, sports psychologists from Brunel University West London and the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba respectively found music increased energy efficiency by 1-3%, meaning athletes could run further on the same amount of oxygen.

How To Inhale and Exhale To Run Faster

Learning how to breathe (inhale and exhale) properly has benefits such as improving a runners performance.

A good description of a breathing technique on how to breathe and boost performance is from Military.com

Many experts will say that to fully oxygenate the muscles and clear the body of carbon dioxide you should breathe a 3:2 inhale-to-exhale ratio; full inhales and full exhales. This means you INHALE on the LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT foot strikes and EXHALE fully on the RIGHT, LEFT foot strikes. This pattern is not that hard to turn into a habit, but it may require you to slow your pace down for a few runs to master the technique. You will notice a lower heart rate as you are able to get more oxygen in and more importantly push all the carbon dioxide out of your body. You may notice that you naturally drop to a 2:1 ratio when you are really pushing it to the finish. That is OK. But realize it is difficult to maintain a pace that requires you to breathe at a 2:1 ratio.

There are many techniques on how to breathe, the best way to find a method that works for you is to try them all. If a method you tried does not work, try another method, when you find a method that works stick to it.

The following breathing tips have worked for me.

Breath more from your diaphragm (belly) than your chest (chest breathing is more shallow).

Focus on exhaling more fully. This will remove more CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) and allow for deeper inhalations of O2 (Oxygen), I do this when I reach a hill and slow my pace.