Dreadmill intervals

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

When I left work yesterday, it was dark and dreary. This made me want to do nothing but curl up in a ball on the couch next to Dan, eat ice cream, and watch the election results (YAY Glenda Ritz!). Instead, I went to the gym. Upon my arrival at the gym, I sat for a solid thirty minutes talking to Janet BEFORE getting on the dreadmill. 

To spice it up, I decided to do intervals. I figured this would help pass the time. Okay, okay, if I'm being totally honest, I also cut ten minutes out of the original 45-minute work out due to a serious case of getting hangry. But here's what I DID do: 

Minutes                             Speed
0-4                                     4
4-9                                     6.5
9-13                                   4
13-22                                 6.5
22-23                                 7
23-24                                 8
24-26                                 6 
26-27                                 8
27-28                                 7
28-30                                6
30-35                                4 

All in all, 3.3ish miles in 35 minutes and the time really DID go quickly. I think I needed it after a long week of final projects, finals, and the end of first trimester at school. I'm aiming to do another treadmill run tomorrow before Jazzercise, as I don't know if I'll have any time to work out this weekend (more on that later). 

To be fair, AFTER running, I did end up on the couch eating ice cream curled under a blanket next to Dan. So, I won on both accounts! 

Also, my students are awesome, and have made some seriously kick butt final projects. I know I had little to do with their actual creation, but it makes me proud to know them. 


  1. 8? Seriously? How do you make your legs go that fast? LOL! Great job!!!

    I saw the pics you posted of the projects the kids made - very creative!

  2. It was HARD! I kept telling myself I can do anything for a minute... but my friend Janet was sitting nearby doing paper work, and I literally invisioned myself flying off the back of the treadmill into the wall and J having to pick me up off the floor! I did not run today (rough day) but will try more intervals soon. I think I liked it!

    The projects are even better in person! So proud of my kiddos. :)

  3. I have no doubt it was hard! Doing speed work is how I always hurt myself so be careful :) I don't do it for that reason & I really don't like it - makes me want to puke :( I'll keep running slow...you can be the speed demon, lol!

    Pics usually don't do justice. You have a lot to be proud of!

  4. I learned an interval training technique that I really like. You start out walking for about 2 minutes to warm up. Then you run as fast as you can for 5 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, run for 4 minutes, walk for 4 minutes, run for 3 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, run for 2 minutes, walk for 2 minutes, run for 1 minute, walk for 1 minute, and then run again for 1 minute, cool down for 2-5 minutes. Each time you run you go as hard and fast as you can. This is called Treading. I did it at the Biggest Loser Resort last fall. It got me to be able to run, which I thought I'd never be able to do. You are obviously WAY ahead of me on that, but it gives you the option of going as hard as YOU can for shorter intervals, which builds speed and stamina. I need to find a way to get back to it before the treadmills are gone...

  5. I like this idea, Annette! I'll have to do this on days where I don't feel like running and need to break it up a bit.

    I'm sad about the treadmills too. As much as I normally hate them, I still need them!


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