I wasn't sure how today was gonna go when I walked in because....
...some heifer had the unmitigated GALL to be on MY elliptical machine!! Can you even believe it?!
I know, it's one of my many OCD-like quirks. I HAVE to use the same machine every day. I don't know why, I just do. So, when I saw someone else on it, I got a little panicky.
Then, I just decided, hell with it! I'll change things up a bit! I figured today was as good a day as any to try running on the treadmill. After all, I DO have some other 5Ks coming up, that I'm not really in top condition for yet.
I went down to the very last treadmill, next to the windows, so I could look out, and sort of pretend I was running outside. (I know, lame.) I started out walking, of course, just to warm up. I increased my speed every 45 seconds or so, until I was walking along at 4 mph. I know, not super fast, but I didn't want to push it. You might remember that when I first joined the gym, I started off on the treadmill, and had LOTS of pain in my shins.
At near the 10 minute mark, I decided it was now or never. I had to try running. So, I upped the speed to 4.5 mph, and started a nice, slow jog. I was doing it!! AND, even crazier? I was enjoying it!! I was able to run for 10 minutes straight. Now, I know that sounds like nothing to you "real" athletes, but to me, it was huge. If you remember, the times that I ran outside, getting ready for the 5K, I would run from streetlight to streetlight, which takes what? Realistically, about 30 seconds? Then I upped it and went two streetlights, so what's that? About a minute? Minute and a half, tops?
I couldn't believe I was still jogging away after 10 minutes. I couldn't decide if I should keep running, or walk a bit. I figured since I walked first for 10 minutes, I would just alternate every 10 minutes. Sounded great.
Well, at some point during my jogging, a different heifer (and trust me, that the NICEST word I could use here!) got on the treadmill two down from me. Ok, no big deal, who cares, right? Yeah, well, about 5 minutes into my walking phase, the bitch GETS ON THE PHONE. Oh no she di-int!!!
Yeah, she did. It was like this broad thought she was out at a club or something. Even with my earbuds in, I felt like she was screaming in my ear. ARGH!!! I wanted to knock her ass right off that treadmill!!!
I knew there was NO WAY I was going to be able to take another 40 minutes of THAT. So, instead of walking for 10 minutes, I walked for 5, then jogged for 5, and got the hell out of Dodge. Ooo, I was SO mad! There are signs EVERYWHERE in the gym about no cell phone use. If the call is that important, step outside!!! (See? I warned you - gym rage!)
I ended up going back to "my" elliptical, since the other
I ended up trying a new machine (finally!) today. I had decided the other day at the gym that I would add this machine on July 1, since I clearly need to step up my game. But, today just seemed like the right time to do it, since I had already tried something different by running. Plus, for some reason, the gym was really empty when I was there, so I didn't feel as intimidated. It's an ab machine that's always scared me a bit, because it looked really hard. Truthfully, I'm pretty sure I must have done it wrong, because it seemed way too easy. Maybe I need to add weight to it? I don't know. I'll try that tomorrow and see.
Anyway, it's the AbCoaster, which is supposed to work your lower abs. I need LOTS of work there, so I hope I figure it out soon.
Oo, I just realized, you can find ANYTHING on the internet!! This is the machine:
Anyway, here are the numbers for today.
Walking 15 minutes (avg. 4 mph)
Jogging 15 minutes (4.5 mph)
1.96 miles (that warm up cut into my mileage. poop)
Total calories: 603
Total mileage: 5.21
Ab crunches 2x30@65
Straight Arm Ab 2x30@80
AbCoaster 30 reps forward, 30 on right, 30 on left (I stupidly didn't look to see how much weight was on the machine.)
Inner thigh 2x30@105
Outer thigh 2x30@100
Pull Downs 2x30@50
Shoulder press 30@10, 4x15@10 (WHY does this machine STILL kill me!?!? I don't get it!)
2013 Elliptical Totals
(I guess I can't really track calories, since I really don't have a clue what I burned those first few times I ran.)
I felt like a million bucks when I left the gym today. Like I said, I think I'm getting my mojo back!! =)