Two Days, Three Miles and Fifty Lunges!

Fifty walking lunges, baby!  Although Wednesday was the target for that number, I started doing that number since Monday.  After all the effort that goes into forty-eight and forty-nine, why not just make the extra push to blessed fifty?  That also compensated for the skip on Sunday and shut up the workout gremlin that lives in my head and makes me feel bad for missing routines.  Unfortunately, it tap-danced all over my cerebral cortex Tuesday night because the treadmill session got cut short; so I only ran 1.5 miles instead of 2.5.  Yes, I know that was shamefully deficient and quite possibly messed up my run schedule.  However, it couldn’t be helped and I decided to bump up the incline to 3.0 for an added challenge.  I also had some trouble getting hydrated that day because of the cold temperatures.  It’s hard to guzzle down containers of water when all you want to do is stay under blankets with hot tea.  With that in mind, perhaps it’s a good thing the workout was curtailed because it could have fatigued me…and you know how much I dislike fatigue.

Eat Clean Train Mean Live Clean

Eat Clean Train Mean Live Clean

That night I saw a commercial for Nordictrack’s new treadmill, the X9i and was astounded by the 40% incline it provides for users.  The machine has all sorts of other cool features that would make me happily invest in one.  That is I didn’t have one already and I do.  In fact, my old faithful Proform XP 590s may not have Google Maps but it does have the incline feature too.  The next night, my workout space was unavailable so I decided to walk on the treadmill but on a big incline.  Although its maximum of 10% wasn’t nearly as high as the Nordictrack X9i treadmill, it was still a daunting angle for me.  So I deferred to 1.5 miles on an incline of 5.  My people, it was strenuous.  I’m not even kidding about that and heaven help me, I wasn’t tempted even once to bump the speed up beyond 3.0.  It was so tough that I had to hold onto the hand rests just to cope.  I was listening to a Nerdist podcast because music usually makes me want to run.  However, this was one time that I didn’t want to run at all.  It was very funny although their potty mouths leave something to be desired.  Ah well, they kept me in my boundaries and thanks to them for it.  Finally, I can listen to the pile of podcasts while doing something beneficial.

Nordictrack X9i treadmill

Jillian Michaels on the Nordictrack X9i treadmill

As difficult as it was, this was excellent exercise.  Although it was just walking, the incline required maximum effort.  I had not only worked up a sweat but felt like every muscle in my legs had been used.  This is something that I can definitely do with every week, so these incline walks are definitely here to stay.  Another exercise that’s here to stay is the walking lunge.  Throughout Holly PerkinsThirty Days of Lunges project, I’ve learned that they’re not only relatively simple to do but can be done cold.  That is, you don’t need to stretch or warm up to do walking lunges.  This is perfect for me while my tea water is on the boil in the morning.  They don’t leave me sweaty either but I do feel the burn in my upper legs and derriere.  The best part is that my pace is improved since I started this project.  I don’t plan to do them on running days but who knows?  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  If it makes you stronger, then do it, right?    I wonder what next Ms. Perkins has up her sleeve for us.  Oh, I must confess that I fell off the no-soda wagon and drank a cold Coca-Cola.  There was an upset stomach involved and I just wanted it, darn it.  Anyway, I’m not being ‘wrong and strong’ but everybody slips up sometimes and I’m far from perfect.  However, I went for months without having even a tiny sip of that stuff.  Not bad, eh?  No retreat, no surrender and no excuses!  These were My Fitness Revolution: Days 396 to 397.

Rear Delt Fly

Rear Delt Fly

Apologies, Nike’s website is under scheduled maintenance so no fancy charts for you this time:
Date
27-Nov-12
28-Nov-12
Distance
1.504
1.501
Time (mins)
21:04
30:01
Calories
213
237
Carbs
34.8
29.6
Min Speed
3.0
3.0
Max Speed
5.0
3.0
Incline
1.5 to 3.0
5
Day
396
397