Saturday, January 14, 2012
Cardio Streak Day 261
1200 hrs - 2.25 Mile Jog
The temp warmed up pretty quickly today and actually went up to 70F today. This morning after breakfast, I did the January Challenge video and then watched a movie before I went outside for the 5K jog today. I didn't finish the 5K, however...
I was doing great on the jog today, keeping an average of about 12:30 / mile. However, I'm sure the extra running yesterday affected me somewhat because at the 2.25 mile mark today, I started walking. Nothing serious, I was just physically tired and didn't want to jog or run any more today.
So I did the responsible thing, I listened to my body. Amazing, eh?
With the warm up and cool down (a long cool down) plus the 2.25 miles, today was:
528 calories burned
Friday, January 13, 2012
Cardio Streak Day 260
1200 hrs - 2 Mile Jog & Half Mile Run
The temp was down to about 28F this morning when I got up so I had breakfast and did the January Challenge video, indoors of course! Later in the morning I ventured outside to check the temperature and although it was in the low 40s, it was pleasant enough to go for the workout.
After the warm up walk, I started right into the two mile jog. It was okay, I got through it in twenty five minutes but was not really looking forward to the quarter mile sprint/run. I opted to change the quarter mile to a half mile run, done in 0.10 increments (intervals) which I started after a ten minute cool down walk at the end of the two mile jog.
Why did I change? Oh heck, I read somewhere (SP pages) that one needs to constantly vary the workout so the body will continue to improve and I suppose that's a good enough reason. The other, actually, was because I was dreading the quarter mile and wanted to break up the run, so I did it in five equal parts.
The half mile took a total of four minutes, counting only the running times and not the walking times. I'll probably do the M-W-F workout this way for a while.
Today's total was:
577 calories burned
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Cardio Streak Day 259
1100 hrs - 5K Jog
I woke this morning and looked outside to make sure all the trees were standing. Last night the wind was brutal as a "blue norther" came at us. Yesterday the temps were in the 60s but that all changed after dark last night as the norther screamed in with winds around 40mph and brought in lower temps.
So it was down to 32F this morning when I woke. I ate breakfast and did the January Challenge video plus a bonus video for the upper body. I may go ahead and add the upper body video to my schedule a few times per week after the challenge is done.
The temp wasn't much warmer by 1100 when I decided that it was time to do this 'thang' today. I stepped out the back door and I believe the words out of my mouth were like, "Holy Crap it's cold out here!" Of course, if a guy yells in the forest and no one is around to hear, did it really make any noise?!
The wind was blowing of of the north at 15, gusting to 25. Like a turtle retreating back into his shell, I walked back inside and put on a different sweat top and donned ski gloves. That made it warm enough, except when the wind would bite, which was pretty frequent today. However, I kept going.
After the warm up walk, which was faster than normal by the way, I started the 5K. I decided to make it a continual jog today instead of the faster run/walk that I did on Tuesday.
I finished the 5K in 38 minutes which is not quite as fast as the other day, but respectable for me. It actually tied the fastest time that I've got on the virtual 5K scale. Interestingly enough, sweat was pouring off my brow after I finished, maybe it was all the warm clothing I was wearing!
With the warm up and cool down plus the 5K, the total today was:
574 calories burned
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Cardio Streak Day 258
It was about the same temperature as yesterday when I bundled up like Nanook of the North to go outside jogging. Today I was out for some early morning errands and since my body adjusted to the temperature, I decided to go on and do the deed. I dressed with a light long sleeve shirt, certainly not the heavy sweat type that I wore yesterday and did not feel the need to wear gloves today.
Not only was I already out and acclimated to the temperature but the other difference was the warmth of the sun. Yesterday was completely overcast with drizzle, windy, and 41F while today was sunny and 42F with very little wind. It actually felt great and now that I know I don't have to wait until the temp goes over 50F, I'll actually be outside earlier in the day.
Today was scheduled for a 20 minute jog. I usually hit somewhere between 1.50 and 1.70 miles or so for the time period but I decided, on the fly, to go ahead and take it to a full 2.00 miles as long as the time was under 25 minutes. It was.
2.0 miles in 24 minutes was about the best I could do today. It's not a record but I knew I had a sprint coming up at the end of the jog today. Once I finished the two miles, I cooled down by walking for a few minutes then started the quarter mile sprint.
I've decided to call it a "run" instead of a sprint. It just seems funny that an 8 min/mile pace is being called a sprint. It qualifies as a run in anybody's book so I'll start calling it that until I get faster, if that ever happens. The quarter mile was 2:03 today so it's still roughly 8 min/mile.
I came inside, drank a bottle of no-name water, and did the January Challenge video. I may be a little tired but I've got some afternoon errands to attend so I'm outta here.
Today's total was:
479 calories burned
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Cardio Streak Day 257
It's cold and rainy again but I made the decision to go for the 5K at about 1100hrs. I dressed with sweats and gloves and hit the trail. With 41F and gusty winds up to 18mph, it was colder than I like, but I was dressed for it.
I decided to do the 5K by running instead of a slow jog, knowing full well that there would be some walking involved. Every two minutes, I scheduled a 30 second walk and the clock never stopped.
I finished 3.12 miles in 37:45 which beats my best time by about 15 seconds.
I did complete the challenge video this morning.
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