I have discovered fresh (ly unfrozen) fruit and yogurt. WT? Where have I been? I’m on a mission to improve my diet. Yes, I know. That means a major curtailment on beer. I’m actually doing pretty good on that front. After my marathon, went through a case or so, but hey… We all need to let go at sometime! My short term goal is to include healthier choices in my diet. My long term includes giving up red meat, then most meat (except seafood), then meat entirely. Not sure if I’ll make it that far, but we shall see. I’m currently in the research phase, with Operation Give Up Red Meat scheduled to begin at the first of the year.
Matthew’s soccer season is winding down. He had his last practice at a high school in Cobb County. I’m liking my fitness membership. One of their facilities was about 10 minutes down the road. I jumped on one of their treadmills in front of the ESPN TV. See, I can learn :-) Rather than do my ho-hum usual workout consisting of: warm up, run x minutes at y pace, cool down, I hit one of those little program buttons. I chose: Random Hills.
How much do you weigh? 185 lbs (ok, plus a little Thanksgiving fat)
Max speed you would like to go? 7.0 (about an 8:30 pace)
Max elevation? 4.0 (unsure about this one, so thought 4.0 was conservative)
How long would you like to run? 40 minutes (or 4 miles, which ever comes first)
The treadmill took me through a warm up, which was nice. Ya know I’m a digit guy, and the warm ups always skew my main set pace. After about four minutes of warm ups, the random hills began. The machine had me run at 7 mph at a 0 incline, and a 6.0 mph pace at a 4% incline. I think I did 6.7 mph at 1.5% and 6.3 mph at 3%. Each interval lasted for 2-3 minutes.
I was pretty amazed to be somewhat comfortable at the 7.0 mph pace. I even took the time to check my heart rate using the little handles. After it warned me about measuring heart rate over 4.0 mph, it said 151 bpm. LOL… That made my eyes widen! That used to be the bottom of Zone 2 for me, when I was heart rate training.
After running my 4 miles in 37:40, hit the weights again for about half an hour. I’m just getting back into it, so I’m very careful about how much weight I take on. Today, my hammies are NOT happy with me. Gonna give them a day or four off before getting back to it.
And that’s the plan for December. I’m going to run, fairly frequently, but only because I wanna, and I’m going to throw anything else into the mix that strikes my fancy, like 4 full 90 minute soccer matches this Sunday!
Have a great weekend!