- 8 years ago
- Wedding: December 2009
So, I went to the gym this evening and decided to try something I haven’t done before. I’ve only been running on the treadmill for about a week, but so far, it’s pretty much been continuous jogging at a moderate pace (anywhere from 4.5 mph to 5.5 mph) with maybe three or four 2-minute “breaks” in between 10 or 11 minute intervals.
Now as you know, jogging isn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination, but tonight I tried the ever-popular sprint/walk combination and thought I was going to smooth pass out. I got on the treadmill at 9:05 pm and walked for about 4 minutes, then started my intervals. One minute sprint (6.5 mph) one minute walk (3.5 mph) one minute sprint (6.5 mph) one minute walk (3.2 mph) and so forth. Every so often I would even sprint for 2 minutes.
Now, I realize to some of you runners (especially if you’re tall!) that 6.5 mph probably doesn’t sound like much of a sprint, but I assure you, at 5’4 with legs like little stocky tree trunks, 6.5 mph is definately a freaking sprint!
Anyway I got off the treadmill at 9:55 pm, and out of curiosity, I checked my heart rate on the monitor. 185 BPM!! Fast forward to midnight, and I’m still feeling the effects of it. I don’t know if I pushed myself too hard or what (being a novice runner and all 😉 but I really think if I keep it up the weight might start to fall off!
Just wanted to share that I now understand the hype associated with interval running! It kicked my butt!