Thursday, November 04, 2010

Smashed it!

Yesterday I was determined to pull out a really smashing cardio workout. It's not my favourite thing, but that makes the feeling of achievement afterwards even better, because I know I've pushed myself out of my comfort zone. Doing something you enjoy is easy, mentally; doing something you dislike is a lot more of a challenge.

Running is something I've never been terribly good at, but I remember the feeling when I ran my first 5km event, then a few months later managed an 8km. The pace might have been slow, but I crossed that finish line knowing that I hadn't wimped out and walked any of it.

So today I decided it was time to work on my running again. The weather dictated that it would be a treadmill run, and that can be oh, so boring. Blah. So I made up a workout with some variety, like so:

Walk for 5 minutes to warm up
Run for 5 minutes
Up the incline to 1.5 and run for 10 minutes
Drop back to zero incline and run another 5 minutes
Slow to a brisk walk for 2 minutes
Slow right down and do 20 walking lunges
Back to a brisk walk for 1 minute
Do another 20 walking lunges
Walk for 2 minutes
Get off and do 20 defensive squats (That got some looks! LOL)
Walk for another minute
Do a side shuffle for 30 seconds
Switch to the other side for 30 seconds
Back to a walk for 1 minute
Up the speed and sprint for 1 minute
Do 20 more walking lunges and cool down

No chance of getting bored with that!

I'd say I nailed my NOvember cardio goal...

No training for me today; I'm off to the races. Hurrah!


Katie said...

Sounds like a great workout!

LizN said...

Nice work chick :) Word verification "my cheek" - hope your butt cheeks are nice and DOMsy today!

Kek said...

My sore butt cheeks have in fact been joined by my hamstrings, which made the challenge of tottering around in high heels today just that bit more interesting.


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