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Treadmill vs. Outdoor Run

Monday, January 04, 2010

Treadmill Pros:
-- consistent speed even when I am tired
-- do not have to battle weather
-- watch tv/movie while I run
-- the screen with the time and distance are glaring in your face
-- hill workouts/tempo workout at your finger tips

Treadmill Cons:
-- stay in the same place
-- overheat because the gym is warm
-- the screen with the time and distance are glaring in your face

Outdoor Run Pros:
-- scenery changes
-- speed adjusts depending on fatigue
-- four-legged friend can go with me
-- speed play with four-legged friend
-- four-legged friend guilts me into running
-- tempo run during any run

Outdoor Run Cons:
-- weather issues
-- getting lost
-- my four-legged friend likes to chase wild rabbits
-- four-legged friend guilts me into going out when I am exhausted
-- If you don't live where there are hills, you have to go find them.

I am pretty happy with both of my runs tonight. I played a little bit with a nice 2.11 mile run on the treadmill. I really am not use to the treadmill, but it is alright. If the weather was too bad, I think this is the way to go. I also think it will allow me to get hills into the mix. :o) When I returned home from the gym, RJ looked at me with longing eyes. I decided to take him out for a nice easy 2 miler. It went by so much faster than running on the treadmill. Who would have thought? I need to figure out how I want to incorporate the gym into my routine. Do I want to get up early to hit an early morning class and run with RJ in the evening? So many things to ponder. Until next time...(977.67 to go)

  
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EMME-RUNNER 1/12/2010 6:18PM

    I've grown to love my treadmill. I still love running outside, but it's not always practical. Good luck! I just signed up for Bay to Breakers--my first race in about 5 years. I'm happy to get back to it.

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E_MITCHELL 1/4/2010 11:30PM

    I never thought about the runs/walks like that but I can say my pets love to go with me and keep me going when I am ready to quit.

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SHEILASCHULZ1 1/4/2010 1:08AM

    Nice blog and I like your humour. I love to walk/jog outdoors, but since I live in Alberta, Canada, I mostly opt for my treadmill in the winter. I can easily walk for an hour outside, but 45 minutes has been my upper limit on the treadmill, so far. I haven't used music or TV, yet, tho.

Keep up the good work!

Sheila

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SHIRLEYSAUL 1/4/2010 12:54AM

    You are getting lots of exercise. Good for you! emoticon emoticon

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Inspiration

Sunday, January 03, 2010

I found inspiration from my Runner's World magazine today. It was regarding Core workouts. My little family went the gym after dinner this evening, and I thought I would try out a couple of the workouts. First, I ran on the treadmill. I am not a fan of running on the treadmill, but I wanted to give it a shot. I need to start incorporating hills into my running program. Unfortunately, I do not live in a place that has hills. I live in flat, farm land. Which brings the next point, I keep entering races that have hills in the race. Go figure! When I finished doing a short interval workout with hills, I tried a couple of arms and core exercises. I did bent over rows with tricep kick backs. Then I did bicep curls with overhead press. Next, I moved onto core. I did woodchoppers with a medicine ball. Then I did medicine ball roll outs. On the stability ball, I got into a modified plank position. With my arms on the ball, I wrote out the alphabet. I only got to m in the alphabet. It was tough.

I think I will add to my workouts tomorrow. I had a great time at the gym. My kids had a great time at the gym. It was a family affair. Until next time...(981.78 miles to go)

  
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GLEN4536 1/3/2010 9:57AM

  I live in Las Vegas, plenty of hills here, you don't realize it, I walk a lot, I live in a very nice place, very pleasant for walking, I also live right next to Red Rock Canyon,So I am very blessed, I see the cyclist every morning ,but alas I can't ride a bike , but it is a great walk,
I think it's great that the kids go to the gym also, and have a good time,

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Things to Ponder

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Today has been a day of pondering. I am finishing up my thesis, so I have been thinking a lot about my topic. emoticon I have also been thinking about an article I recently read about diet soda and the student that has been performed over the last 11 years. It says that drinking diet soda leads to kidney failure. Here I am working so hard to keep my life healthy, and I am dumping something into my body that is slowly hurting a major origin. I don't want to be a diabetic. No high blood pressure for me. No high cholesteral. No high triglycerides. Yet, I am constantly working on abusing my kidneys. Who would have thought all of this time has been wasted? I have been drinking diet soda for about 11 years. I could have been one of the studies participants. HHHhhmmm...

On an unrelated note, I did the Wii Active and Wii Fit again today. I am a bit sore from my workout session yesterday. I wonder if this will be the light that pushes me in the right direction. Who knows? emoticon emoticon Later in the evening, I took my dog emoticon for a run. I wasn't planning on going too far because I am a bit sore and tired. I just wanted to get the blood pumping to ease my soreness. We ended up running three miles. It wasn't an easy three miles, but we did it none-the-less. I am proud of how my four-legged friend and I are getting into shape. I would hate for him to have a fat owner. I would also hate for him to be a fat little puppy. Until next time...(983.78 miles to go) emoticon

  
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GLEN4536 12/30/2009 9:35AM

  I don't drink soda of any kind, I met up with a girl I used to work with, she was overweight, she used to drink diet soda all the time, the doctor told her to stop, she did doesn't drink soda anymore, and she walks every day, good news she lost over 100 lbs, looks great

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SUSANSERENE 12/30/2009 12:53AM

    You go, girl! We got a Wii and Wii Fit for Christmas...do you really like yours? I haven't tried it yet but I'm looking forward to it.

Hugs and love, Erin!
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p.s. Sorry to hear about your classroom. That's crummy.

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SEASHELL71 12/29/2009 8:59AM

    emoticonKEEP MOVING!!

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Kick Back Sunday

Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy Sunday Evening! Today was an amazing day. My husband let me sleep in today. Ah, the life. I enjoy sleeping in. Sparkpeople doesn't quite like it because it means I slept through breakfast. emoticon It isn't something I do all the time, so I hope my nutrition does not yell and scream at me. My husband did decide to go to a place called Lumberjacks for lunch. We took his aunt. When we got home, she wanted to see the Wii Active and Wii Fit. She was a bit embarrassed to try it herself, so I demonstrated. I did a 30 minute "hard" workout on the Wii Active. Then I followed it with a yoga session on Wii Fit. She was impressed. She is considering getting a Wii, but wasn't sure. I told her there were other games I was interested in, but I was a bit unsure about them.

After I she left, I got ready for a nice run with my dog. RJ has been a great running partner. My husband wishes we would have named him Bob after The Biggest Loser because I sometimes feel guilty when I don't take him for a run. emoticon We ended the day with a nice four miler. When I returned home, my youngest wasn't feeling too well. We are going to need to get up early to get him to the doctor. Thanks to my workouts, I am sure I will be sleeping well. Until next time...(986.79 miles to go)

  
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SUSANSERENE 12/30/2009 12:54AM

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Love ya, girl!
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Rest Day

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I love the day after Christmas. It is a day of rest. A day were I tend to spend most of it in pajamas. I do this because Christmas and Christmas Eve are fairly stressful. Between divorced families, living grandparents and great-grandparents, we are always moving. The day after Christmas is the day I sit back and enjoy the view from my living room. I did not run today because I wanted to enjoy this nice tradition of taking a moment to catch my breath and reflect. Yesterday was different for me. I accomplished many things. First, I didn't eat everything in sight. Sure, I ate over my calories, but I tracked everything too. I kept things in perspective. I am not sure how you track one bite here and there. I sampled a few things I don't get to eat very often, but I counted the calories as full-blown. When I got home last night, I took my four-legged friend for a nice run. It was an easy jog. We accomplished four miles. I didn't feel like I had to, but I wanted to. He had been couped up all day, and I too had been couped up all day. I wanted the alone time with my thoughts and my music. It was a great run. One I think we both enjoyed.

On an unrelated note, I realized that I am still trying to get the hang of this calorie situation. I am so use to doing points from Weight Watchers that frankly I am struggling. I will get the hang of this, but I think it is going to take me some time. I hope I am patient with myself as I learn and grow. Until next time...(990.81 miles to go) emoticon

  
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SACTOKAREN 12/27/2009 12:24PM

    I didn't rest, but I did start a winter version of spring cleaning. It's feels good to get rid of clutter. Have a great Sunday!

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