I got out of work an hour late last night (this morning) so I didn't get into bed until 7am. My kiddos decided that 10:30 would be an appropriate time to start having a spirited game of something on the Wii which, apparently, had a lot to cheer about. So, after a couple more hours of broken sleep, I finally dragged myself out of bed at 12:45. I was looking for *ANY* reason to skip the elliptical today. I have to leave for work at 2 so I **really** did not want to put my weary self through a run before returning for another 14+ hour shift on about 4 hours of sleep....
...but I did it!!
1 Mile: 8:34
Now, I can go to work knowing that I accomplished my goal for the day.
I tried something new today. I still ran my mile, but I did it in 1/4 mile "bursts". I started with a dead-sprint (100%) on level 3 for 1/4 mile. I finished it in just under 2 minutes. Then, I stopped the timer and took about a minute to catch my breath. Then, I upped the elliptical to level 5 and did another 1/4 mile at a "hard" pace, probably about 85% of my max. I took another "breather" for about 2 minutes this time...it took longer to get my wind back. For the next 1/4 mile, I did level 3 again at about a 90% pace. I stopped for only 1 minute then sprinted my last 1/4 mile on level 3. All total, it took 7:22 to do the actual "running" time, but I had about 4 minutes worth of breaks.
I think I like this way better. I don't get bored and I like the little "bursts" of energy that the sprints give me.
1 Mile: 8:04
I did it without stopping completely. I did do my first 1/4 mile "hard" then I slowed down, but didn't stop, until I caught my breath. Then I did a "moderate" 1/2 mile and finished up with a "hard" 1/4 mile. It is so humid here (85% or something like that) so I am sweating up a storm After last month's $250 electric bill, I don't want to run the A/C. So, I ran in the sauna.
Good job! Every other day I do something similar with fast sprints mixed in with a little slower recovery- I really do like it!
My husband was off Monday so we got outside and ran 4 miles- man it was HOT!! Yesterday I was just off and couldn't get into my run but managed 30 minutes. Today was much better and I did 5 miles at a good pace. Glad to finally be getting back into a groove!
Changed it up a lot today...I actually "ran" a mile...on the road! I've never done that before. I left the house and looked at the clock before I left. When I returned, 14 minutes had elapsed. My husband has a Garmin GPS that he runs with (it's like a watch with a heart rate monitor and such...) and he said that my route was 0.95 miles. So, I did an extra loop around the cul-de-sac! I had to do a combination of jog/sprint/speed walk because, for some reason, I developed a sharp pain in my right hip flexor. I never noticed it on the elliptical, but it hit me shortly after I started my first "jog". I'm not sure what it is, but it never got better...only worse...which is why I ended up doing more speed-walking than running. I always stretch before any exercise so I don't think that is it. Oh well, I'll just take some ibuprofen before bed and a little cold water in the hot water bottle and I should be fine. Might be hard to do the elliptical tomorrow though....
1 Mile: 8:06...a little cheating
I did 1/4 mile, stopped the clock, hopped off and did 10 tricep extensions and 10 bicep curls...
...hopped back on, started the clock and did another 1/4 mile...
...stopped the clock, 10 more extensions, 10 more curls...
...started the clock and did the last 1/2 mile...
...then did 10 more extensions and 10 more curls
So the time isn't exactly accurate, but my "pauses" we about 45 seconds each so, all in all, I am OK with it.
I am still a little sore from yesterday, mainly in my quads and shins, but I *know* I'll be feeling it tomorrow. It usually takes 2 days until my muscles start aching after a new workout. I'm hoping for a light weekend at work...yeah, right.
1 Mile: 8:32
Made it straight through...no pauses...
Off to work now!
I had to wait almost all day to get my knee pain and headache down to a bearable level. I was able to still turn in a respectable time for myself...
1 Mile: 8:58
Not my best, but since I "walked" (about 50rpm) the first 1/4 mile, I am elated that I broke 9 minutes. I usually try to keep my rpm's above 70 for the whole time so that first 1/4 mile really hurt my overall time.
I really need to get to bed. First day of school tomorrow so it's up at 6:15am so I can get my "run" in before getting the girls up and ready.