Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Spark People Day 173
Cardio Streak Day 171
It was cold and windy this morning - well cold for me right now - it was in the 50s. I know some of you are in NY and you're laughing your butts off right now. But remember, I'm the guy who was complaining about the 113F summer we had and it's going to take a while for ME to get used to anything under 70F. Just bear with me!
I had a morning over in downtown Big D (that's Dallas for all you non-Texans) and didn't get the workout until this afternoon. I couldn't decide whether or not to wait for after school and go jog on a high school track or just run in the streets like normal. I opted for the streets and began the workout around 1730hrs.
When I started, the temp was 66F but the wind was out of the north between 20 and 30 mph. Since it felt "cold" (yeah, laugh it up), I actually wore my USS Carl Vinson cap today!
Today is scheduled for a 5K jog/walk. Several weeks ago I was doing a 5 mile jog on Tue-Thu, and a 5 mile interval run on M-W-Fri and it became a little much for the muscles. I made the decision to cut Tu-Th back to a 5K instead and then begin to work on the speed, or rather faster times for the 5K.
I usually change my workouts every couple of weeks. The last two weeks for jogging have been 0.3 Km jog followed by 0.1 Km walk, repeated until 5K is complete. Today I changed it to 1.0 Km jog / 0.1 Km walk. The time today was faster, duh!
Around the 3.5 Km mark, I changed the scheme a little and threw in a few extra walks but I'll get it, eventually, where I become less and less reliant on walking.
3.25 miles in 40 minutes gets me somewhere in the 12 min/mile range. Yipee!
This working out thing really works! Those of you who know me realize that I couldn't walk 50 feet without being out of breath not all that long ago. What a difference exercise and eating the right foods really can make!
Today's total workout with warm up and cool down:
413 calories burned
Monday, October 17, 2011
Spark People Day 172
Cardio Streak Day 170
It was an early morning today so I could leave and spend the day with a friend. The alarm woke me around 0445 and I got up, had breakfast with water and then headed out into the great outdoors.
Today was scheduled for intervals:
60 sec run / 120 sec walk (repeat for 24 minutes)
45 sec run / 105 sec walk (repeat for 10 minutes)
30 sec run / 90 sec walk (repeat until I quit)
Although I started when it was dark, nobody tried to run me over and there just aren't any dogs out in this part of town. Everybody keeps them in yards or indoors, away from the casual runners of which there are a multitude.
The workout today was 4.08 miles in 57 minutes. With walking warm up and cool down, the total workout was:
544 calories burned
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Spark People Day 171
Cardio Streak Day 169
Sunday! What a crappy start to the sports day yesterday but finally last night ended on a high note!
All of my NCAA football teams LOST yesterday. My youngest son's university soccer team LOST yesterday. You can understand my trepidation going into the Rangers game last night, I was "ooh fer" on the day.
When Detroit scored first, I switched over to the NASCAR race, but not for long, I just felt like I had to watch the baseball game so I started watching NASCAR during the baseball breaks (I hate commercials so it worked out pretty well). In the NASCAR world, I like Carl Edwards and for sentimental reasons I'd like to see Dale Jr win something. I'm not a die-hard motor sports fan, I just watch NASCAR on a part time basis.
The Rangers made an otherwise sucky day into a World Series trip for the home town (home area) team. This could be the year, sports fans.
I managed to sleep until 0700hrs today, got up and hydrated with a couple bottles of water (4 cups) then headed out for a walk about 0830. Today was scheduled only for a walk, for which I was really thankful! I did not feel dry today and experienced absolutely no cotton mouth or excess thirst pangs at all. Overall, it was a good day.
The area dogs all seemed to be confined behind fences today and I got my planned 30 minute walk without incident. Today was:
248 calories burned
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Spark People Day 170
Cardio Streak Day 168
Saturday! Finally some well deserved rest for my legs. I'm out of town this weekend and trying to type on a laptop while listening to a 1962 recording of Maynard Ferguson playing 'Maria' from West Side Story. Ah, his older works were better than his later offerings.
I set out this morning with a 30 minute goal in mind... walking, nothing serious, nothing strenuous. Luckily the country dogs all minded their own business and the walk was pleasant, cool, and uneventful.
After yesterday's possible hydration event, I noticed that my mouth was dry about half way through the walk today. I've been doing some research on hydration and found some very definitive writings so far. But the work continues.
NCAA games today at 1100, 1300, & 1430. My youngest son has a far-away soccer game at 1500 so much luck to him! The Rangers try to put it away tonight in Arlington at 1905hrs. Let's hope this weekend is better than last!
227 calories burned
Friday, October 14, 2011
Spark People Day 169
Cardio Streak Day 167
I was outside this morning investigating a noise before the sun rose and it was just a tad on the chilly side. I wasn't dressed for a workout so when I went back inside, I had breakfast and watched a movie. At about 1100 am I determined that I had put it off about as long as I could. The sun was out and warming things nicely. With breakfast I had two glasses of water and two more afterward although I didn't down any before I went out the door for the workout.
I did my customary five minute warm up walk and then went into the running intervals:
60 sec run / 120 sec walk (total 24 minutes)
45 sec run / 105 sec walk (total 10 minutes)
30 sec run / 90 sec walk (repeat until I quit)
At about the 30 minute mark, my mouth began to feel like cotton. In other words, dry as desert sand. Thirst began to overwhelm my senses and since I don't carry water when I work out, there was nothing to relieve the thirst. However, I continued.
The workout was getting to be more difficult. Everything was tired. My thighs, front and back, felt like when you lift weights to the point of exhaustion - you know the feeling - just a little shaky and very tired. But I kept going.
Even though it was only 72F, the sweat was pouring off me in rivulets, down my face, down my chest, down my back... it was like I was out running in the middle of summer.
At about the 45 minute mark, I began to feel like I didn't want to go any farther. At the 55 minute mark, I did NOT want to go any farther. Although I had wanted to do five miles today, the four mile mark was as far as I was going so I stopped. I was about a mile or so from the house and walked back which was a good cool down.
I believe dehydration was the problem. I've been drinking eight to ten 8 ounce glasses of water every day but beginning at dinner I usually switch to iced tea and I drink quite a few glasses of that. There are arguments on both sides of the coin about the diuretic properties of tea, but I'm not sure that five or six glasses between dinner and bedtime accounts for enough to dehydrate me. It may be that I need to drink more like twelve glasses of water. I have no idea what the answer will be, but I will be experimenting to find out.
I set no records today. I'm glad the next two days are walking-only days. It will give my legs some needed rest and recovery time. Added to the 4.0 miles in 55 minutes were a total of 20 minutes of walking making today's total:
564 calories burned
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