A mistake that almost cost me my life!
Monday, December 03, 2012
Ok. Maybe that's a little dramatic for a blog title. What can I say? I'm from a generation where little inconsequential occurrences in my daily life need to be exaggerated to make them sound more interesting.
In any case, I really did almost die on the treadmill tonight. I found an interval walking program on SP and was surprised by the mph we had to walk at certain points. At the height of the program I was supposed to be walking at 7mph. As you can imagine I've been a little nervous to attempt this program but tonight I decided to nut up or shut up.
So I get on the treadmill and decide before I start walking that I might actually want to see what 7mph looks like first. So I'm straddling the sides when I hit the magic number. Oh my gosh was that FAST. I kept staring down at the conveyor belt of death and back behind me at the wall that butts up against the treadmill. Look down, look back. Look down, look back.
After an internal inventory of my athletic ability (or lack there of), I decided that "Death by Treadmill" was not something I wanted on my gravestone. So I wimped out and stuck to my usual steady 3mph.
After the workout and feeling completely useless and defeated, I logged onto SP to take another look at the walking program thinking maybe they had a section for pathetic losers like me and I came upon something amazing. What I thought was 7mph on the program was actually an intensity level of 7. I am such an idiot! I almost tried WALKING at 7mph! I don't even think that's physically possible.
No longer will I skim over workout programs. Someone lovingly took the time to write out clearly defined directions and from now on I will take the time to read them over VERY carefully.