Sunday, March 06, 2011

Yesterday I rocked it on the treadmill. Today it trounced me

Yesterday I rocked it on the treadmill. Today it trounced me. But I got it done.
2 miles, intervals with max speed at 4mph. Amazing the difference a day can make. When I finished working out yesterday I was full of energy and excited.  Today I am so tired, that after I finished lunch I fell asleep in a chair.

No I did not sleep in my sweat soaked clothes. I would have been a stiff miserable mess then.  I changed into dry clothes before I ate lunch with my husband.

I keep thinking about what that trainer said. That walking was a waste of time for most people, as far as a workout goes. I have to wonder if he was misquoted in the article I read.  Perhaps there would be little benefit if a person was to leisurely puttz about exerting very little energy.

But I can say with considerable certainty that walking with effort is no waste of time, as far as health benefits are concerned.

Merely a week ago I was gasping for air at 3 mph, today I slowed the treadmill down to 3 mph to catch my breath before jumping it back up to 4 mph for an interval. I kept repeating intervals throughout the 2 miles. 2 mph, 3 mph, 2.5 mph, 4 mph and so on.

I am not sure how much faster than 4 mph I can go at a walk; before I have to break into running for distance. I am going to find out though. 

Feels like a sticker weed poking me above and behind my navel. Uncomfortable, but I don’t think I’m doing any damage.  I’ll sure be glad when that mess is entirely healed up.  I wonder though if I will always feel that patch. I don’t know, guess I’ll find out, time will tell.

A sad movie came on the television while I was napping; and I woke up rather melancholy. Time to adjust that attitude… ugh.  I was watching Law and Order UK when I dozed off. What can I say I enjoy that program. Glad I have it taped; so I can go back in and find out the ending of the story. Lol.

Last night the air smelled wonderful, with the aroma of rain.  This morning brought a borderline damp chill in the air. You know the kind that makes you want a wooly sweater and a hot cup of tea and honey and you still have a chill. Now it’s snowing. The wind is not blowing though, so that is very good. We seriously do not need a spring blizzard. 

The dogs are starting to blow their winter coats. Last year they didn’t blow coat until June. Then it was a grooming race to pull their undercoats out of their guard coats so they wouldn’t overheat. I’m a bit hesitant to start pulling their coats now. A few more weeks and we should be past the possibility of a spring blizzard with those monster 6 to 7 foot snow drifts. If we get a storm like that they are going to need their coats.  They do love playing in the snow though.

Have laundry waiting to be folded and more to wash, notes to review and phone calls to return. So… just decide.

It’s snowing, nothing I can do about that. Good for the pasture anyway. What I can do something about is how I respond. I choose to have a good day. I choose to increase my energy level and improve my attitude.

Just decide…

Gotta rock it…

Later taters.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

I Rocked It!

I Rocked it!
March 5, 2011 4:00 PM

1.75 miles today. Max Speed 4mph. Yeah Baby!

Yes I am celebrating 1.75 miles with a max speed of 4mph!  This is another day another step towards completing the half marathon the end of May 2011.

I read an article where a trainer was saying that walking was really not a benefit to most folks.  I thought ok, hmmm.... I disagree. Walking is always a benefit. When I was back in University 30 odd years ago running distance. Walking 1.75 miles at a max speed of 4 mph would have been me walking to classess. Today it was a workout. Eventually it will be a stroll for me again.  But today it is a victory.

I've gone beyond maxed out before. Way beyond on weight lifting and such.  I leg pressed 350 pounds when I was in highschool. Could dead lift a railroad tie around 6 years ago. Lifted my mother who was way over 200 lbs several times a day 2009 - 2010.

January 18th, I had surgery.  I had an umbilical hernia 3 inches across. Now it's fixed with a patch the size of a sheet of copy paper. In 2005 I had surgery that cut through my abdominal muscles from my navel to my bikini line.  The Doc reinforced the entire area.  I told him the lifestyle I've chosen to live; and he fixed it accordingly.

It will be around a year before it is completely healed.  So I am paying attention and slowly building my endurance.  I am looking forward to getting back into Hip Hop Abs and Turbo Jam.  I am not sure of the time table yet.  One day one step at a time.

3 weeks ago, I could barely walk on that incline trainer at 2mph.

So Today... I am celebrating 1.75 miles at a max speed of 4 mph.

Life is a journey, enjoy the trip.

Mary E. Robbins