Seriously I am so over this cold weather it's not even funny. I swear its hot yoga that has made me such a wimp. :O) But to be fair, 24deg with a wind chill of 14deg at 4pm in the afternoon is really, I think, cold enough for a lot of people to submit to the gym/treadmill. At least that's what I tell myself.
So due to all the weather woes of yesterday, I did not get out in the morning for a short run, nor a follow up run outside either. Instead I retreated into the gym to do my run on the treadmill. I really didn't have a workout persay planned, just to do an hour on the treadmill, followed up by some weight training (to wit I had already decided I need to step it up in this area; putting heavier weights and less reps for a while).
So to beat the boredom of the treadmill, I figured some speed/intervals would help (they always do). Now a lot of people go through great lengths to figure out their intervals on the treadmill, for example, Julie over at PBFingers (not to mention a host of others, but I saw hers this morning so she gets to be the example) :O)
Here is her nice little chart:
I don't have a chart, and if I did I don't know how to insert into blogger, unless you make it a picture and post it that way (like I just did for hers)...
Anyway my intervals were more like...hmmm...Run moderate for 3 songs, run real fast for 1 song, then walk on 1 incline for 1/2 song and then ease back into running moderate for 3 more songs. :O)
And then sometimes a really great 'run fast song' would come on and I just just run fast for no reason whatsoever! Charts and rules be damned I say!
It honestly does make the time go by faster. My hour was up before I knew it and I felt like I had gotten what I needed out of it.
Since I dont have a KW schedule this Spring (first time since 2007 that I have taken a real break from KW (although I will still be running with them on Saturdays), I am going to come up with something though thats a little bit more 'refined' for Wednesday speed workouts. I know I need to do 200's, 400's, 800's and 1200's, I just havent gotten around to figuring that all out yet. That will more than likely happen next week...
Then it was on to weights where I made my biceps, triceps, and shoulders scream "I want my mommy!". Surprisingly I am not sore this morning and I think all the chatarunga pushups I do at hot yoga helps out in that respect. I have me some strong arms that much I will say...
And speaking of hot yoga? YES! Today is Thursday which means there is a big fat Sharpie'd HY on my Runners World calendar for today!
Yay for hot yoga! 90 minutes of bliss coming right up!
So are you a slave to the ritual of having a plan when doing intervals or do you just wing it most of the time?