Monday, October 03, 2011
I gave myself a break on Friday and did not run, since I was really tired, and had to pack in the morning to leave for Monterey for the weekend right after work. So by this morning I had had a 5 day break. It actually seemed to help. I ran a 10 minute interval, a 9 minute interval, and a 3 minute interval. Total run time 22 minutes, total exercise time, 37 minutes.
My diving this weekend went the best it has yet, and I can see the effects of the running. We had a long surface swim out to middle reef, and I was not at all winded like I normally am, nor did I struggle with the swim, or need to take a break. Also, it was much easier to carry my gear to and from the water, and I even helped other people out of their gear before shedding mine. Usually I can't wait to get to the car and get my gear off. Also, I did not overheat nearly as much while standing around in my gear. The difference was very noticable to me, and also to DH. He is starting to toy with the idea of running.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Well, today's run kicked my butt. I got up and ate breakfast, which I really didn't want. But I choked it down since it was hot and ready, and I didn't have time to fix it again later, or the inclination to try and find something to take to work later. I did the first 9 minute interval...took me about 3 minutes to get into the rhythm. The second interval I did 6 minutes. Everything just felt stiff and sore. Then I did two minutes. I started a fourth interval, trying for another 2-4 minutes, but about 20 steps into it my body said, "screw this" and so I walked home. Total 17 minutes running, 22 minutes walking. Not my best, but not awful. Some days are just like that I guess.
Monday, September 26, 2011
I bumped to 9 minute intervals today and it went well. It felt better thant the 8 minute intervals last week for sure! I did two nines, followed by 3, and then walked the last few minutes home. Total run time, 21 minutes, 15 minutes walk time. It is kind of exciting to think that next week I should be able to run for 10 minutes at a time. I am going to have to tweak my strategy after that as I extend the amount of time I am able to run, but currently do not plan to extend the time I give to the overall exercise. Feeling good!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Today I went running for the 30th time. That feels like an accomplishment. I did two 8 minute intervals, and then a 5. It seems like I have hit the next hump. The first 8 minutes was ok. The second was pretty hard; my leg muscles were tired. And the final 5 I kind of had to push. I think my leg muscles need to catch up with my lungs now.
I bought a heart monitor on sale for $20 on Tuesday. It is one of the wrist ones that you have to touch to get the heartrate. I just wanted to try on out, and see what my heart rate was while exercising. It does give me that. There is supposed to be a way to get it to measure your rate before and after you exercise and then it will calculate calories burned and rate your workout. But the directions were written by someone with English as a second language and they are very unclear on how this works. And I am not sure it would be accurate since it doesn't have continuous output. My heart rate is already decreasing during cool down.Glad I didn't pay the full $60. But anyway, it did allow me to see that after running for 8 minutes my heart rate is 125.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Today I did two 8 minute intervals and a 4 minute interval. Total run time 20 minutes, and walk time 17 minutes. As my run time increases my cool down time at the end has decreased, and I have discovered I really need that. I have been trying to figure out how to go about the interval increases now since my time to run is kind of limited. So I think I am going to stay with today's strategy of two long intervals followed by a shorter interval, and a little more time walking at the end to cool down. This should work for a couple more weeks anyway, then I will have to evolve another plan. The eight minute intervals are proving to be pretty tough like the 6s were. Sheesh. Maybe that means 9's will be easy? A gal can always hope.
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