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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.
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  • JOCE86
    Treadmills can be very dangerous! Good thing you stuck with your tried and true! :)
    1961 days ago
  • ADORE83
    Lol I know exactly which program you're talking about because I read it and thought the same thing, (ei; that's impossible!) until of course I reread it. silly us...
    1963 days ago
    Although I can run at 7mph, I'm pretty sure that only race walkers actually walk that quickly!
    Well done for reading the instructions, I am sure that it will pay dividends in the long run. Enjoy your treadmill.
    1964 days ago
    Wow ... I can't believe you almost tried it! And I am very glad your inner wisdom prevailed and you looked into it more before flinging your body across the room!

    The guys at my gym have me doing intervals by changing the incline. My speed is between 3 and 3.3, and my incline goes between 0 and 7. As I get stronger, I'm starting on a higher incline and very gradually increasing my speed. That might work for you.

    But I don't think either of us will make it to a speed of 7 emoticon

    1964 days ago
  • JO88BAKO
    Good for you. I think only the Bionic Man or Woman are the only people who can go 7 mph, and they aren't real. Good luck on your journey.
    1964 days ago
    Here is some perspective. My best Half Marathon is 2:06:38. That is 9:40 per mile. Translated into MPH that's 6.2 mph. I would LOVE to run a 7 mph ... someday. That would be a 1:52:17.

    Yeah, that's pretty fast.
    1964 days ago
    Glad your okay, I got hurt on a treadmill very badly once so it's nothing to fool around with what a friction burn I got and I banged up right against the wall and I was shaking like a leaf!
    Be careful!!!!!!
    1964 days ago
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