Monday, April 22, 2013
I read an SP Blog posting this morning that said a great 500-calorie treadmill workout was super-simple...just start around 4MPH, kick it up to 6MPH & then 7MPH, and then cool down at 3MPH.
SERIOUSLY!?!? How TALL are the people doing that workout??? I am short--only 5'3" to 5'4" with a 30" inseam--and if I run flat-out, I can kick my treadmill up to 3.8MPH & still keep pace. I've never managed to go any faster on my treadmill.
And since I had back surgery to remove a severely-herniated disc in October, I can't run at all (doctor's orders!). On a good day, I walk as fast as I can--at around 3MPH. Some days I feel really achy, and I can't go faster than 2.6 to 2.8MPH.
So it goes. I like to think of myself as the TORTOISE though...not the Hare. I get up & walk on my treadmill every single day--7 days a week--365 days a year! Even with a permanently damaged & handicapped spine, and permanent nerve pain in my right leg, I still exercise. EVERY SINGLE DAY.
So forgive me, if I don't do wind-sprints on my treadmill. I am doing it--and that's what counts. My muscles feel stretched, my joints feel loose, and I feel physically (& mentally!) ready to face my day!
I'll just stick with the slow & steady....and enjoy my low blood pressure, my low cholesterol, my maintained weight loss (5+ years now!)....and the "Hares" can just run on by. I'll still be plugging away on my treadmill every single morning. :)