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7MPH?!? Are you KIDDING me???

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. :)
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    Wowwwww, 5+ yrs maintenance n treadmill EVERYDAY??? I am in awe. U r officially the queen, lol! Awesome!
    1767 days ago
    I really like your blog!! I think after back surgery the fact your on your treadmill walking every day, is AMAZING!! I found a great inspirational quote I think you'll like, "it doesn't matter how fast you go, your still lapping everyone on the couch!!" Enough said! Just keep walking girl emoticon
    1796 days ago
    Man! 7 mph? SERIOUSLY???!!!! emoticon ROTFL!!!!

    I 'warm up' at 3 mph (zero incline) and go 3.5 mph awhile, then back down to 3, but 5% incline. I'm slowing working up on speed doing increased incline at the higher speed....V E R Y slowly. I'm satisfied that I'm doing well. Just as you, GRIZ1GIRL, are doing what you can. The fact that you can treadmill and/or walk after your back problems speaks volumes. GOOD for you!
    1796 days ago
    I know, right? My main speed is 3.8, and "kicking it up" for me is 5. I've tried 6 a few times but I just can't sustain that for more than 30 seconds.
    1796 days ago
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