Sunday, April 15, 2012
Well, after being totally burned out on running, I think I am now over my running blues. The Jeff Galloway team has helped. Running at some time other than the early morning has helped. I'm doing run/walk intervals, but I think I'm actually running faster overall.
What is helping me is the lack of leg pain and the fact that I am not paying attention to how fast or far I am going. Also, I am having fun being outside.
I'll know for sure when I cross that finish line at my 5k in May. If I feel energized, then I've got the right attitude. If I feel crushed, then I know I still need to work on running for fun.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
I had a Stress Echo test today. My primary doctor was a little concerned when I said my heart rate during exercising was above the normal range. So, she thought it was better to be safe and have the test.
The cardiac doctor said that everything was fine, just not to push myself when I know I should slow down.
It's good to know for sure, to ward off "WebMD syndrome". For example, I read an article about people in their twenties suddenly dying during strenuous exercise due to an undiagnosed congenital heart problem. So, knowing my heart rate monitor readings never seem to match up with the recommended average numbers (combined with swelling and numbness in my extremities), I got a little worried.
Now I know I don't have to worry that I am exercising way too hard. I've re-calibrated my "zones" to match my perceived exertion. I'm going to wear my HRM during 30-Day Shred and Zumba this week.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I think I've finally broken through the plateau of 168 lbs.
Today my home scale (which is generally a couple pounds lower than the Jenny Craig and doctor's scales) read 165.5. That means I am only 1.5 lbs away from a "Normal" BMI. Back in 2008, I finally decided it was time to stop being complacent, when I saw I was in the "Obese" category. "Overweight" was something I was used to since I was a preteen. However, the word "Obese" carried a lot of uncomfortable connotations.
Other good news: I fit into my smallest pair of size 12 shorts again. Maybe this winter I will be able to buy size 10 jeans. I've never actually had size 10 jeans because Juniors sizes are in odd numbers and I went from a 13 to a 14 when I started wearing Misses sizes.
So, I am nearing my half-way point and I am still feeling very motivated.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I am quite the fickle person when it comes to working out.
My last blog entry was titled "HIIT (?) Workout 1". That's was the first and last HIIT workout I did. I got a bit distracted and ended up training for and speed-walking a half marathon in 8 weeks.
So, what now?
I still feel burned out from endurance running. I was excited about it after the half. Being in a race makes me want to be in another, and another. Then, I did a Jeff Galloway-style run earlier this week. It was fine, but I didn't love it. Two days later, I had scheduled myself to run again. I ended up doing Firm & Burn Pilates (my favorite workout video), adding in weights for the first time. I really enjoyed it and it got me out of bed.
Maybe distance running is just not for me. I feel guilty giving it up--like I am quitting.
On the positive side, I am having a lot of fun doing Netflix and DVD workouts. It's so much easier to just plan to workout in my living room at 7am every day. Plus, I get the variety. If I am feeling sore or tired, I can do pilates. If I am feeling energetic, but not up for strength training, I can play a dance video game.
I did enjoy my HIIT experiment, so I think I will work some sprints and stair workouts into the mix for when I want to go outside to workout. There's a big outdoor staircase right near my home with a ramp going back down. That seems like a good interval workout just waiting to happen.
I just got Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred because of some great reviews on SparkPeople. So, that's my current workout plan for the next month, but who knows, I may get bored of it and do something completely different next week. I guess the important thing is to meet my goal of working out at least 5 times per week.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I don't know if I am doing HIIT quite yet, strictly speaking, but I did do some nice sprinting intervals this morning.
I did 6 sets of a 30s. sprint followed by a 90-120s. walk/jog rest interval each set, plus a 7 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down, for a total of 30 minutes. I didn't want to push too hard, so I waited until I was ready for each sprint, so the numbers don't add up exactly.
Boy, was I tired at the end. However, it really wasn't as mentally grueling as running for 20-35 minutes straight. It was fun, because I got to "really" run as opposed to the lopsided shuffling jog I've been doing for the distance runs to save energy.
I am going to keep this up. I might try hills as well. I like how the speed is not the point, it's the level of effort. One thing I will definitely do is wear my heart rate monitor next time. I think I will wear it to bed tonight so I can find out my true resting heart rate and finally get some accurate training zones. This will also help me to log accurate calories.
Yay! having fun running again!
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