Thursday, February 18, 2010

And Yet Another Treadmill Run

Still trying to make the treadmill more exciting. Looking for treadmill workouts that will hold my interest and help me to increase my endurance.

Here are today's numbers:

Total time: 52:53
Total distance: 3.91 miles
Average speed: 4.44 mph
Total calories burned: 478

  • 0.41 mile warm up
  • Ran 1 mile - average 5 mph
  • Second mile - walked/ran - average 4.17 mph
  • Third mile - kept heart rate between 70 and 80% max by alternating running at 6mph and walking at 3.5mph - average 4.54 mph
  • Walked last 1/2 mile
My goal has been to decrease the percentage of walking in my "runs". Today's run consisted of 24.7% walking as compared to 38% walking in October (the first time I kept track).

I guess I AM improving!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Treadmill Running

So I've traded the warm temps, blue skies and mountain views for -- that's right...a treadmill. Thankfully it's only temporary while I'm traveling back to Oklahoma for the week. I'm not a fan of cold and wind, especially for running, so I'm thankful to have a Precor treadmill in the hotel.

The challenge on a treadmill, at least for me, is to avoid boredom. Even though I have the TV in front of me and a view of the pool to look at it, I find that drudgery can set in quickly. Luckily, I'm the Gadget Girl so I like being able to change known parameters as I go and challenge myself with "just another 0.1 miles" before I adjust the speed, incline, etc.

Today's Run:
2.25 miles
35 minutes
323 calories burned
Avg HR 127 (63%)
Max HR 168 (83%)

So what are your feelings about treadmills? Any special treadmill workouts you can share? Tips or tricks? Post them in the comments.