Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Came across a thread on one of the message boards last night. And dammit it is still bothering me.
I guess I could dig it up, but instead I'll treat you with a dramatization of how I remember it.
I've always hated running. But I'm thinking of maybe giving it another go. Who knows, new motivation, maybe I can learn to enjoy it.
Tried C2K once before, gave up after a week.
Anyone in the same situation, or anyone having some advice for someone who haven't even begun running yet?
Spandex people chorus:
The very most important thing, before even taking one single step on the path of running. You have to, absolutely must, buy the expert equipment. Don't even think about using any shoes you might already have. It must be shoes especially engineered for running, from a specialised running store, fitted by an expert.
Even taking one single step in just regular, or worse cheap, trainers will come with dire consequences !!!eleventyone!!!!
Oh... I guess I can't run then. I don't have the money to fritter away on expensive shoes just to try out running and see if maybe, perhaps, possibly, it could be something I could do or stick with.
WTF people. What's wrong with you?
If this is the attitude, anything that makes you leave the tv-couch requires special expensive equipment and experts getting involved. OR ELSE!!!!
No wonder people, well... don't go out there and get a bit more active.
Is there any wonder there's an obesity epidemic, that our sedentary lifestyles are killing us?
I mean, we're talking running here. Putting one foot in front of the other to propel yourself in a forward motion. Not golf where you actually do need a club to whack at that ball. Not bleeding rocket science.
Homo sapience have been running for a whole lot longer than there's been special, fancy, expensive, running shoes. They've run barefeet, in sandals, in clogs, in plimsoles, in wellies, in army boots... And they've been just fine. With a wee bit of common sense - like if it hurts, stop and rest until the pain goes away.
Yes, getting a pair of proper shoes, that offers just the right amount of support and fits right. It's a good idea that can help to prevent injuries. If, and this is a big if, you ever get serious about running and do a lot of it.
But for heading out there, in the big outdoors, away from the computer chair or couch, walking a bit, running a few paces, walking again...
Give me a break.
Monday, March 05, 2012
Continuing my exploring alternative routes for playing the game outside (while playing the game at the same time).
This one's looking pretty promising place to let imagination run free though. Especially at night. Who knows what might be lurking behind the trees.
It's the closest running track - type thing from here. And a short one at that. Only 1.3 km. Which probably is pretty good for a starting point if I ever actually start to do the whole running thing. Not just walking around looking for places to run at.
Still no random zombies spawning for me in Zombies, Run! on hardcore mode. It's starting to get close to serious sulk mode.
What's the matter zombz? I'm just not tasty enough for you, you picky buggers.
Monday, March 05, 2012
Took the HRM for a test run on the elliptical. Running mission 5 - Paul Revere.
Estimates for calories burned:
SP tracker - 509
HRM - 376
So yeah, definitely need another week to get better numbers before I start messing around with my calorie range.
But on the fun side using the HRM numbers means I can track my playing as 'Zombies, Run!' not as walking or using the elliptical.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Now that does sound like a good title for a fun little literary romp. But this ain't it. Sorry. It's been brought to you by my newest toy. A heart rate monitor. Yeah. Person who a couple of weeks ago considered exercise as a dirty word, is strapping on a weird thing on her chest to get a more accurate measure of 'work-outs'. (As they're commonly called. To me, they're just playing the game though.)
I do wonder though...
Those straps, they seem to always be shown on bare chested males. In images like this:
And while I ain't exactly of the well endowed persuasion... So it seems to be little interference in the chest strap, boobies, bra - equation.
I can't help but wonder who the girls in the 'holy bazooonka' category of upper chest build do manage to puzzle that together.
I leave you with that mental image to go into the boring bits of this post.
Last week looked like this:
Calories: 1177 / Exercise: 1005
Calories: 1143 / Exercise: 274
Calories: 887 / Exercise: 1187
Calories: 1193 / Exercise: 1645
Calories: 1280 / Exercise: 674
Calories: 1512 / Exercise: 522
Calories: 1534 / Exercise: 786
Adding up to 6093 calories expended on an average intake of 1245 calories / day.
Now if that was any of you guys... I'd probably be the first to say, girl you need to up your calories to compensate for the increased exercise.
But, that's easier to tell to someone else than to do yourself.
Hence HRM. Someone suggested that the SP calories burned equations are 'MASSIVELY over stated'. At least for the elliptical. And the general advice was get a HRM to get better numbers.
Now I didn't have any intention to throw away money on exercise equipment. I'm not one of the spandex people.
But I *might* have gone googling a bit to see just how much money I wasn't throwing away.
As I was doing so, the partner took a break from SWTOR to peek over my shoulder at what I was looking at. Then made a comment that if I wanted a HRM, I should go dig at the back of the cupboard over the linen cabinet.
And indeed, there one was. Still in its packaging, never used.
Seems like he got one as a freebie some place at some time and thrown it in there among the other useless junk stuff in that cupboard.
Now I have a HRM. How about that.
Of course I had to try it. Wouldn't you? So fire up the game, turn on hardcore mode and out I headed...
54 minutes, and 4.96 km later...
54 minutes walk at a pace of 13 mins / km in sparkpeople fitness tracker = 314 calories burned.
HRM says 595 calories burned for the same game session. (and a load of other things, like average HR 74%, max 88%, min 51%, end 71%, and makes the claim that I burned 62grams of fat... more numbers than even I want to shake a stick at.)
Whaaa! Why aren't they the same, that would make my life much easier.
Whaaa! Number two. The numbers were supposed to go the other way. HRM telling me I had been burning less calories, not more, so I don't have the change my eating habits as much.
Whaaa! number three, that's 4 missions I've played outside, in hardcore mode, and still not a single random zombie chase. It's not fair! Friend had 2 zombie chases in her first mission.
I bet you when they do come, that mission will be like a zombie encounter even couple of minutes and I'll end up getting eaten.
So here's the plan for this week.
Use this gadget, get a more accurate estimation of calories burned getting chased by zombies, both in hardcore and wimp mode (aka on the elliptical).
Limit my Zombies, Run! playing to max. 2 missions a day, one of which have to be outside. If the weather turns horrid and I don't want to head out there. Tough bleep! Those days it's just one mission allowed. (two missions outside is A-OK though.)
In the mean time, until I know more of how many calories this game burns for me in a week. Aim for eating no less than 1400 calories a day. For reference, if we make a guess at 5000 calories burned next week - my calorie range goes to 1,880 - 2,230 which seems just bizzare. Dun wanna! I've gotten used to my 200 breakfast, 200 lunch, 400 dinner and 400 in assorted snacks.
No more skip lunch to play the game, and end up at under 900 calories for the day. Bad geekling!
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