Wednesday, April 29, 2009

C25K Week 1 Day 2

Cheeks were flushed and I got myself a good sweat. Left shin was a little painful while I was running but not too bad. The whole time durring my running intervals all I could think was....60 seconds of this and somehow I'm going to be doing this for 30 minutes....and LIKE it?!? Positive thoughts, room for non-believers! On a positive note, I burned 400 cals on this workout. I walked at a 3.2 - 3.6 pace and ran at a 5.0 to 5.6 pace. There were moments where I almost felt like I could go longer. I wasn't watching the clock too much...I really tried to make myself focus on other things. I really tried to not be so tense when I run, so that's one of the things I try to focus on on top of my breathing. Overall, still proud of myself. Once that torture was over, I headed over to the eliptical and burned 266 cals in 20 mins. Kicking up the intensity pushes my heart rate up and I feel like I get a better workout.

Monday, April 27, 2009

C25K Wk 1 Day 1

I lived. Got off work, went home and got my gym clothes. I can't say that it was as easy going as it was the first time because I kicked it up a notch. Not quite sure why but I felt I needed to be running faster. Any who, I still walked at a 3.0 to 3.2 pace. I ran at a 4.6 to 5.0 pace. I was watching the timer a bit more today. I followed my run with 20 min on the eliptical. I've noticed that I don't like the eliptical without any resistance. Once more resistance kicked in, my heart rate went up and I started to sweat a bit more. Good to know for future workouts. So, today's stats were 50 minutes and a total of 570 cals burned. 350 on my run and 220 on the eliptical. Not too shabby!
I don't really want to post this but for posterity....I weighed in yesterday at 237.8. Up 0.2 from last Sunday's weigh in but that was to be expected. Ate like a piggy. So far eating is going good. I did oink out a little at Gram's birthday dinner BUT, I did record everything I ate. Yeah me! Bought lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Tomorrow will probably be Subway for dinner. Can't pass up 2 servings of veggies with that meal! Still on the fence about what workout to do tomorrow. I have the hardest time working out on Tuesdays. I think I'll try one of my express workouts that lasts around 20 min.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Couch to 5K, caffeine and a tearful Biggest Loser

It's simple really, I just want one of those race numbers to put on my back. I want one of those race t-shirt. I want to accomplish something. Well, today was the day I started something. For the past week, I've been downloading all of these songs from iTunes with beats around 140-160. I even bought an app off iTunes for the C25K so I can listen to my own music. I didn't really plan on starting today but what I think happened is that I got high off of The Biggest Loser and 3 shots of espresso and figured I should do something with myself. I hopped in the car and went to Pavitt's (I have a membership but have only gone a total of 3 times since October) and laced up my running shoes. Last time I attempted this I felt I had to run fast and for a chubby girl such as myself, 5.5-6.0 is a little quick when I've never really ran before. So this time I started s-l-o-w...I'm talkin' walking at 3.0-3.2 and jogging at 4.5. I think I can say I almost enjoyed myself. I had some rockin' tunes that made me want to shake my booty and the 60 second running intervals were over before I could gasp out "Bob's your Uncle" Before when I tried Ullrey's podcast, those 60 seconds were killers. When I finished, I was so inspired I headed to the eliptical and puched out 20 minutes on that. Quads were screaming after! I usually use another brand of elliptical at the gym but today I used the one with the handles that move. There is a major difference between the two, my heart rate was up there with the handles one and I actually got winded. Maybe I was just using the other one wrong but I think from now on I will use the one with the handles.
Overall I think I burned over 600 calories in 50 minutes but I was having technical difficulties with my HR monitor. Not too shabby. Now I need to sculpt out a plan (pardon the pun!) I work Sat, Sun, Mon nights and Saturdays I'm busy with the girls' activities. I'm gonna have to bite the bullet and just go straight from work on Monday mornings and head to the gym for my run/walk workout. So that would give me M-W-F for my 30 min run/walk and some elliptical after. Wednesdays and Fridays I'll have to wake up earlier with the girls, drop them off at school and then head to the gym after. I usally waste a lot of time in the morning, farting around on the computer so that would be a perfect time. This Friday, the girls have off so I will have to either do my workout after mom gets off work or....I could as my cousin to watch them. I have a plan. Now here's the lay out. I am going to do week 1 today, Friday and M-W-F of next week. The next week will start week 2 and so on. I will add in some FIRM workouts for cross-training and see where this takes me.