getting buff

Monday, May 15, 2006


In the spirit of my herculean running (jogging/shuffling/stumbling) adventure, tonight I move to the next week on the program. And this one is scaring the bejeesus out of me.

This last week I found the step up pretty hard. My first repetition of the week three program (which only requires you to run for a grand total of 9 minutes anyway!) was pretty difficult and there were times when I definitely wanted to stop. I got better over the rest of the week and when I went on Saturday I stepped it up a bit. When I am into this a bit more, Saturday will be my long run day. For now it is the day when I try to work pretty hard and step up pace and resistance so that I can manage the step up to the next week. So I spent most of the program heading up hill, with a couple of down hills right at the end during what was my warm down walk.

As a result, I found that my fitness (as judged by the amount of time that I spent outside of my heartrate range) was improving. A brisk walk will keep my heart rate at about 140-145 while a jog always puts it over 160. So I judge my fitness by how long it takes to return below 160 when I take my walk sessions. Even though the length of my jogging sections is increasing, the time taken for the HR to go down is decreasing. Yay for me!!

So this is the program for this week (3 times) - brisk walk warm up 5 min, Jog 3 min, walk 90 sec, jog 5 min, walk 90 sec, Jog 3 min walk 90 sec, jog 5 minute, keel over in cardiac arrest. Wish me luck!!


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