Friday, September 03, 2010
I've been an Elliptical person for many years now. I don't remember how that happened. Some talk about knees. Or maybe about relative (dis)comfort. Or because I'd been able to sustain more minutes on elliptical than treadmill. I stopped treadmilling long ago.
But I've been feeling inspired by others' on SP C25k programs, and am now of the mind to incorporate treadmill routines. After all, with more days per week at gym, I need to diversify!
On Wednesday, at the health club, I did 30 easy minutes in the high 2's building up to low 3's. Honestly, it felt like "enough", if not a lot. I had invited myself to start small, even as I judged myself for the low speed numbers (compared the 3.6-4.0 speed walking I did ten years ago).
Okay, I said to myself, "Walking, Is good." For my 5'4" pear-shaped self, it felt "brisk," and when I logged in to SP I felt that I could call that a medium intensity (My heart rate stayed at top of "fatburning" range).
Today, the health club was closed. So (and this deserves a )... I went home and dusted off the treadmill I purchased long ago and have rarely actually used. Really. I did! Four stars for shi(f)t happening ;-).
I warmed up in the mid 2's... 2.6..2.7.. 2.8 steady..... then interval at 4.0 (30sec). Recover at 2.9. Up again to 3.2... and steady there with 3-4 more 4.0 intervals.
You guys.... I was startled by how tough those 30 second intervals were!!
I mean, my body felt leaden. AND, TOO... I took the Spark advice and set achievable goals.
30 second intervals were just right, right now.
Yes, i'm just starting. Yes, I'm giving myself credit for doing it! At all, and for 30 minutes! YET... ( HERE is where I could really use some feedback and tales of others' personal experience)....... I FEEL I NEED PERSPECTIVE FROM SOMEONE WHO'S BEEN HERE, AND GOTTON 'THERE' (wherever there is).
When I held side rail and took some weight into my arms, lessening the load on torso and legs, I got a glimpse of what running may feel like in future. No wonder, I say. Aha! If I was lighter in body weight, I may get a feeling of Air... of more fluid motion. (This, not ever having been my experience.)
YES, I want to feel like that (THAT). I'd like to try that, at least.
And I realize it may take me a long long time to get there.
So.. I am interested in creating a treadmill routine that will build my skill and stamina.
But if I should keep-it-simple until I've lost more weight, that's fine too. (I am avidly against flirting with injuries.)
What have other people done?
I'm thinking I'll stick with 30 minutes for now and will get my stride rhythm moving up in speed. I think I may not be ready for C25k yet. Maybe I should build up my stride pace first? Or should I just jump in to that c25k chart?
I love the SPARK suggestion to keep the goals Do-able. Keep feeling positive. Staying focused. And rewarding myself for all I am doing Today to further my fitness and integrated health/vision.