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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tempo Run - 6.23 miles

I let time get away from me last night and didn't post a real blog entry, so I'll discuss it a bit here.

I was supposed to go to the gym yesterday, and had every intention of doing so. My stomach was starting to feel funky, but I drank the protein shake anyway. Before going to the gym, I went to use the restroom before going, when it hit: diarhea. By the time it had passed, my window for going to the gym had as well.

By the time I was able to make up for it on the stairclimber, I was too tired to do it. I had tried to rewatch last year's season finale of Lost, but was falling asleep during it! So I finally gave up. I didn't want to abandon exercise entirely, still had some pushups to do, so... Week 3, Day 2... 20, 25, 15, 15, 25. I was then able to go to sleep in peace. :)

Today was different. The schedule showed 2 miles easy, 3 miles tempo @ 8:22-8:37, 1 mile easy.

The two easy miles were exactly that, easy. In fact, my heart rate was in the mid 140's while I was maintaining a decent pace of around 9:00.

Mile 3 is when the pace was supposed to be kicked up, and it was going great. About 1/3 of the way in, an ambulance started going by, and the cars pulled over. I kept going, since I was on the sidewalk. I didn't think too much about it until I got to the freeway exit, which I needed to cross to keep going. The ambulance had long since passed by then, and as I approached, so did the cars. I ended up having to stop for about 20 seconds, waiting for the cars to pass! I ran faster in order to make up the time, and even found myself at around 8:00/mi on the way up the freeway overpass.

In mile 5, something similar happened. I had to stop for the cars to pass, which kept coming and coming. It was 15 or 20 seconds before I could cross the street to head over the freeway again. Once again, I picked up the pace, but all this extra sprinting really took it out of me and I was less than successful.

But that's ok, it was the traffic's fault, and dangit, that's who I'm gonna blame.

Mile 1: 8:57.34
Mile 2: 8:59.34
Mile 3: 8:45.06 (tempo, stinkin' traffic)
Mile 4: 8:24.95 (tempo)
Mile 5: 8:50.56 (tempo, more traffic)
Mile 6: 11:20.06
.23 Mi: 5:03.09 (walking)

Total: 1:00.20, 6.23 miles, 758 calories burned

Tomorrow's the gym, and THIS time my stomach shouldn't give me any grief.

Here's something else cool. I picked up Jillian Michaels' "30 Day Shred" last week, and finally got around to ripping the DVD and making mpegs. Why?

So I could put it into my Treo to take to the gym, of course!

My plan is to do the 30 Day Shred in the gym after my weight workouts. We'll see how it goes, I'm still not sure how that little bitty screen will work when trying to exercise.

1 comment:

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

That small of a screen would be tough for me, especially when Jillian has you bouncing all over the place. Good luck!