Happy Surprises

I love it when I realize I am  in better shape than I thought!

I’ve been playing around with the pre-set workouts on  my treadmill, and today I decided to try the forty minute intensity session. I haven’t run for more than thirty minutes since I started running on the treadmill. And my last runs on the road weren’t that long either, since I was running out of time and daylight. So I really didn’t think I was going to finish the forty minutes.

I’d done four of the six workouts, but I hadn’t done the final two, which are each forty minutes. Mostly that was a lack of time. Most of my workouts are done after work, and I am limited by both my energy and all the other things I need to get done at night (feeding the horses, feeding the husband, laundry, errands, etc).

I’m happy when I get any exercise in, and thirty minutes seems to be the most I can devote to my workouts at night recently.  The holidays are over and life should return to normal, but my new normal seems to be sitting down between 6:30 and 7:00 at night–and I get out of work at 2:45!

But I had nothing going on today.  Since we were supposed to have an ice event today (it didn’t show, but absolutely no complaints), we got all our errands tucked away yesterday and today I planned on laundry, napping and movies.

Eventually this afternoon I convinced myself I really should get on the treadmill. I was dithering whether I would walk, run or do a preset. I decided to do the forty minute #6 preset workout, but I convinced myself I didn’t have to do all of it. Of course, once I hit twenty-five minutes, I figured I could finish it.

That carrot trick works every time. I’m so easy to fool.

The workout starts with two minutes of walking at 3.4 MPH, then hops to 5.3 MPH and alternates that with 6.5 MPH, then alternates 5.3 MPH intervals with 6.8 MPH intervals. I think the intervals are a minute each, but I try not to pay too much attention to time because if I watch the clock, then it feels like the workout is taking forever. I do know that there were three of the 6.5 intervals and thirteen of the 6.8. The final three minutes are walking as well, at 3.1 MPH.

When I finished the forty minutes, I decided to do a cool down of walking at 2.5 MPH for ten minutes. Followed by eleven more minutes of yoga stretches. So, in all, sixty-one minutes of exercise!

And I didn’t die. I felt awesome 🙂

2 thoughts on “Happy Surprises

  1. I was happy to see a post from you. I’ve been out of the blogosphere for a bit. Glad to see you like your treadmill. I have been doing Yoga since August. I found this great App called Yoga studio. I was able to learn the poses at my own pace. I can do all the 15 minute beginner works, except strength, and most of the half hour beginner workouts. The thing I like most about it is I have stuck with it. It took me a week to learn the first 15 minute routine. But now it only takes me a few minutes to learn a new one. I like the Sun Salutations a lot. In this App you can create your one classes, but I like the preset ones a lot.


    • Cool! I love yoga, it settles me. I can do sessions on my own, but it’s kinda nice to flow thru what someone else says than thinking about your next move…and your next move…. Glad you decided to stick with it! It’s been a hard 8 months, I find it much easier to post on my running blog than create fiction for my writing blog. Still trying tho! Glad to hear from you 🙂

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