2014 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 189.19
(Run/Walked = 125.19, Biked = 61.50, Elliptical = 2.50)

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I'm on Fire

Yes, finally. I finally got that fire back in my gut that gets me moving, that makes me eat right, that tells me I can do it.

It's been absent for quite some time and I'm so happy that it's back. Now to just keep that fire burning strong and hot.

I just have to get my body back up to where it used to be in terms of fitness. Right now my mind wants to go, go, go, but my body isn't quite ready for that. I'll get there though. Slow and steady and safe - don't want injury to slow me down now!

All of you have helped me through this rough patch and listened to me whine and make excuses.

Now it's your turn - tell me what I can do to motivate or support you on your journey! Leave me a comment and tell me why you're doing what you're doing or what you need to help you keep going to get where you want to be.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #15

Dopey Training Preview - Week #15
MIND CHECK
It will be important this week to just keep the momentum going. I don't want to lose the gains that I had last week so I'll need to keep my stress in check and keep moving forward. I also know that even if I have to crawl, that Goofy medal is mine. I have three half marathons left this year - okay, that's just crazy to me. If I can get through the half marathons that I have registered for I will have done five half marathons this year. I've already done two - that's amazing to me. Last year I did one half marathon. It still seems strange to me that I do these races :).
BODY CHECK
Still need to kick the cardio up and keep the mileage going. My body is going to be sore and I welcome that. I also need to start working on the flexibility a bit as my joints don't feel very loose anymore. I think it was MikeF that asked about core work - I'm not doing much here yet, I just need to get back in to the groove of moving again. I will add it back in slowly until I can build that base as well.
NUTRITION
I'm going to keep tracking my food. I'll plan on having one day that I satisfy a craving for the week and we'll see what happens. I think this plan might be helpful and hopefully I'll see some results.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 3 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Power Sculpting Buns & Thighs with Resistance Band
Tuesday
AM: Bike - 20 miles no target.
Wednesday
AM: Tempo Run - Warm up walk no target, 1 mile warm up jog no target, 3 miles @ 12:57 per mile, 1 mile cool down jog no target, cool down walk no target.
PM: AbRipperX
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 2 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.
Friday
AM: Elliptical - 2 miles no target.
Saturday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 8 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.
Sunday
Rest

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of the week!

Dopey Training Review - Week #14

Dopey Training Review - Week #14
MIND CHECK
I finally feel ready to put the work in mentally. It's taken longer than I wanted, but I'm there and that means I can do whatever I want. Now I just got to get my mind and body to work together.
BODY CHECK
I've got that workout sore going on this week. That's not a bad thing - in fact, it feels great to be sore for the right reasons for a change. My body reminded me this week just how much I've let myself go and how much fitness I've lost. This helped kick my mind in gear this week and hopefully I can keep this motivation going.
NUTRITION
I've decided to try a new tactic here. I'm going to give myself one day a way to help get rid of the cravings. The other six days of the week I'll try to stay between 1200-1600 calories. I've done it this week and it felt good. I had to catch myself a couple of times when I went to stress eat, but I stopped myself and realized what I was doing so that's a step in the right direction!
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 3 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.
PM: Treadmill Wog 1.65mi @ 15 mins per mile
This was just not a good day for me - had a pretty good migraine and wasn't feeling good. I got very discouraged on the treadmill tonight. I couldn't get my calves to loosen up at all. It was just bad all the way around. I'm also extremely sore from moving the elliptical in to the workout room - this was not an easy thing to do.
Tuesday
AM: Walk - 4 miles no target.
PM: Treadmill walk 4 miles @ 15:50 per mile
Bike - 10 miles, 16.1mph avg, 37 minutes, resistance level 3
Much better day today. Had a good walk on the treadmill and a nice ride on the bike. I am out of shape, but every step I take now is getting me that much closer to my goals and that Goofy medal! I signed up for the Women's Half Marathon in November. Three half marathons in three months then the Goofy. I sure hope I can actually do this!
Wednesday
AM: Speed Run - Warm up walk no target, 1 mile warm up jog no target, 2 miles @ 12:13 per mile, 1 mile cool down jog no target, cool down walk no target.
Today was just a tired day. I felt like I could fall asleep all day. No workout.
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 2 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.
PM: Bike - 20 miles no target
PM: Easy Run - .16mi warm up, 2mi @ 12:48 per mile, .44mi cool down
Bike - 20 miles, 1hr 15mins, 15.8mph avg, resistance level 3
Took the grils out for a two miler tonight. Maintained a faster pace than I intended and let me tell you I was paying for it by the end. I can't believe how slow I've gotten. Hauling all this extra weight around sure isn't helping me any. After my run I had dinner then jumped on the bike for a 20 miler. Let me tell you my legs were jelly at the end of this, but boy did it feel good to do it. I'm doing pretty good on the food front right now too. I think I'm actually getting back on track.
Friday
AM: Elliptical - 4 miles no target.
PM: Elliptical - 1.18 miles, 30 minutes, resistance 1, ramp 10, 20, 30, 40, 10
Wow - it's been a long time since I've been on the elliptical. 30 minutes just about killed me - especially since my legs are sore from yesterday. Regardless at least I did something. I did revise my elliptical plans to lower the mileage - let's be real, it's going to take me some time to get back to 4 miles on the elliptical.
Saturday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 7 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.
No idea why, but I didn't feel like doing my long run today. So, I didn't. Today was craving day so I had some carrot cake. Back on track tomorrow.
Sunday
Rest
AM: Long Run - .29mi warmup, 4.98mi @ 13:22 per mile, 2.28mi @ 15:23 per mile
Since I didn't get out for my long run yesterday I headed out today. Within half a mile I knew it was going to be tough to get seven miles in. I did a five mile wog - yes, wog. Headed back to the house, got the girls and went back out to finish the last two miles. It wasn't a super shining moment for me today, but at least I got the mileage in. It's been a good week overall and I want to keep the momentum going!

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Preview post for next week!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #14

Dopey Training Preview - Week #14
MIND CHECK
Hmm...What should I do? I should work out and get my rear in gear. I'll do it, I can do it. No more letting this stress rule my life. I've spent time and money to get a great workout room setup and now it's time to use it.
BODY CHECK
Ick. I am not happy with my body right now and it's all because of my mind. Time to start getting some running endurance back in, getting my cardio back where it should be and moving forward again.
NUTRITION
No more excuses. Time to track all my choices and start making the right choices instead of always making the easy and bad choices I've been making lately.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 3 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.
Tuesday
AM: Walk - 4 miles no target.
Wednesday
AM: Speed Run - Warm up walk no target, 1 mile warm up jog no target, 2 miles @ 12:13 per mile, 1 mile cool down jog no target, cool down walk no target.
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 2 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.
PM: Bike - 20 miles no target
Friday
AM: Elliptical - 4 miles no target.
Saturday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 7 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.
Sunday
Rest

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of the week!

Dopey Training Review - Week #13

Dopey Training Review - Week #13
MIND CHECK
Some good and some bad this week. Felt good to get moving, but I didn't do it enough. Fell short on where I wanted to be this week. Just need to keep plugging along.
BODY CHECK
I am sore and it's not from working out. Moving these darn exercise machines around my house is not an easy task. Next house - no crazy hallway angles. I'll need to work on doing better this next week.
NUTRITION
I really can't get much worse here. I'm really going to try to do better.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 2 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.
PM: Treadmill 2.26 miles, weight loss level 6 workout 2, 20 minutes, 16 minutes per mile
I had hoped to do more today but I did what I could. Not so good on the eating front today. The elliptical was delivered today.
Tuesday
AM: Walk - 4 miles no target.
PM: Pilates 20 minute ab sculpting
PM: Treamill walk 4.22 miles @ 16:06 per mile
Good walk on the mill tonight. Felt pretty good, but I was a bit tired at the end of the workout. Not good on the eating again today.
Wednesday
AM: Tempo Run - Warm up walk no target, 1 mile warm up jog no target, 3 miles @ 12:57 per mile, 1 mile cool down jog no target, cool down walk no target.
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Workout
PM: Treadmill walk 2.01 miles @ 15:55 per mile.
I started out to do my tempo run, but my legs were so tight it was hard to even walk. I just didn't feel good so I didn't push tonight. I need to work on being able to run/walk at night after sitting at a desk all day.
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 2 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.
PM: Bike - 15 miles no target
No workout - unless you count putting the elliptical together. The only thing I can see that I don't like is that it doesn't show distance in miles only in revolutions. I'll have to figure out distance by taking feet per mile 5280 times 12 to get 63360 inches per mile, divided by 19 (shortest stride on the elliptical) times 2 (one revolution) - then I'll round up and say that 1700 revolutions equals a mile...I think that will work. Of course I still have to figure out how to get this thing in the workout room.
Friday
AM: Elliptical - 4 miles no target.
No workout again today. Went to packet pickup to get my race packet for tomorrow's race. Too bad the shirt isn't even going to come close to fitting me. Ah how I've fallen in a year's time...
Saturday
AM: Pat's Run - 4.2 miles no target (probably walk this with my friend).
AM: Walk 6.24 miles, 1.05 miles to the race start, 4.17 mile race course 16.22 per mile, .98 miles back to the car.
It was Pat's Run or in this case walk. I stayed with my friend today and it was all about walking today...and not even walking fast. I felt a bit unfulfilled after the race because I would have liked to be out there running instead of walking, but sometimes I like to stay with my friend instead of leaving her to do it alone.
Sunday
AM: Long Run - Warm up walk no target, 7 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.
AM: Walk 2.42 miles @ 15:34 per mile
Took my dogs out for a walk this morning instead of trying to do the long run. My entire body is aching from taking the elliptical apart and forcing it in to workout room. It was a good walk and the pups really needed to get out and have some fun. I'm a little disappointed with myself for not running, but sometimes you have to not push...Seems to be my motto lately huh? Need to work on that.

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Preview post for next week's plan!

Thanks for the Advice - Change of Plans

Thank you all for your advice regarding the Grand Canyon Full Marathon.  Megan - there is a half marathon as well - I believe the course description says this whole race is along the rim of the Grand Canyon which would be just beautiful!

I think I'm going to have to skip this one.  I'd love to do it, but there's quite a bit of expense involved for me to do it - the race fee, the park entrance fee, travel, hotel, pet sitting, etc....I think I'd rather have the extra money for January than try this one this year.  I do think I'll have to try it at some point in time as I'm sure it would be a great event.

I just learned that there is going to be a Women's Half Marathon here in Scottsdale, AZ on November 7th.  The same weekend as the Grand Canyon Marathon.  This is a local race for me.  I am planning on doing this event.  I'm trying to talk my co-worker in to doing it with me - if she does it will be a race we'll walk because she's not a runner.

So the plan is to do a full marathon length run on the weekend before and then walk the half the next weekend.  I think this will work for me. 

I'm pretty excited about this race because I really wanted to do it last year (the inaugural race), but it was in FL and funds just weren't available.  It's a woman's specific race and I can't wait to give it a go.  They are very lenient on pace - 4.5 hours to finish, 20 minutes per mile.  I think my friend and I can easily keep this pace :)!

So, that's where my thinking is right now...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Would You Consider?

In my continual search for a full marathon to try out before the Goofy in January I ran (no pun intended) across one today that sounds amazing, but may be too challenging.

The event - The Grand Canyon Marathon.  Yep, the first half of the race runs along the rim of the Grand Canyon and the rest through pine forest areas (no these aren't the same forests that the rest of the country have, but for AZ they are pretty nice).  There isn't too much elevation gain so that's a plus.

The race takes place on November 6th.  I rearranged my workout schedule last week and planned on doing a trial 26.2 around home October 30th.  I think the timing is about right.  For those of you doing the Goofy or considering it - is this too late for recovery for January?

The second concern I have is the altitude.  The altitude is way higher than where I live and I know that will make it more challenging.

I have the Disneyland Half in September, the Wine and Dine Half in October and then this would be in Novemenber...Too aggressive?

It will be a small race - no more than 300 participants.  They also have a half marathon.  With a race this small will I have enough motivation to do it own my own with no one around me?

I'm very nervous to try a full marathon before Goofy.  What if I find out I can't do it?  What if I hate it?  Will I be able to make it through in January if I find these things out?

So, if you were me - would you try it or wait and try to find something closer to home?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #13

Dopey Training Preview - Week #13
MIND CHECK
Time to workout.  That's where I'm at.  It felt so good to get the body moving last week and I'm ready to try even more this week.  I want my strength back.  I'll have to keep working on the food, but that part is probably going to be slow right now.
BODY CHECK
I'm ready for the workout soreness.  In fact I crave it.  I am so glad that I was able to heal up the back without having to go to the Dr.  If it comes back then I'll have to go in.  Time to get the body in line and the endurance back to where it should be.
NUTRITION
This is just difficult for me right now.  I know when I'm being bad, but I haven't worked on stopping it.  I will, but my mind has to be in it before I can win this one.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 2 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.
Tuesday
AM: Walk - 4 miles no target.
PM: Pilates 20 minute ab sculpting
Wednesday
AM: Tempo Run - Warm up walk no target, 1 mile warm up jog no target, 3 miles @ 12:57 per mile, 1 mile cool down jog no target, cool down walk no target.
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Workout
Thursday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 2 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.
PM: Bike - 15 miles no target
Friday
AM: Elliptical - 4 miles no target.
Saturday
AM: Pat's Run - 4.2 miles no target (probably walk this with my friend).
Sunday
AM:  Long Run - Warm up walk no target, 7 miles @ 14:34 per mile, cool down walk no target.

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of the week!

Dopey Training Review - Week # 12

Dopey Training Review - Week #12
MIND CHECK
I feel like I'm doing pretty good mentally.  I finally feel ready to put in a lot of hard work to get my fitness back where it should be.  Still struggling with the eating and stress, but I'm working on it.
BODY CHECK

My back is about 90% back to normal.  Still some pain now and then, but overall I feel a whole lot better.  I got in some good miles on the bike and a few miles on the treadmill this week.  That's more than I've done in a month now so I'm very happy with that.

NUTRITION
Still not going very well on this front.  I had some good days this week and some bad days this week.  I was at least conscious of when I was not doing my best and I'll have to take that as a positive sign right now.  I'm not going to stress about this.  I think it's more important that I get back to working out regularly.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 3 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk no target.
Didn't manage to get anything good going today.  I didn't get out and run, I didn't walk, I didn't do anything.  To top it off I didn't do very well in terms of food today either.
Tuesday
AM: Bike - 15 miles no target.
PM: Run/Walk - 1.3 miles on the treadmill - Weight Loss Level 8 Workout 1, 20 minutes
        Bike - 15 miles, 16.2mph average, 55 minutes, resistance level 3
Oh boy am I out of shape.  20 minutes on the treadmill almost killed me and I couldn't keep up with the incline levels on the workout and had to keep lowering the intensiy.  Then I hopped on the bike and man were my legs sore by the end of the 15 miles.  This was a real wakeup call for me - I have to get moving again. I did a lot better on food today.
Wednesday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 3 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk no target.
PM: Bike - 26.2 miles, 14.8mph average, 1hr 46min, resistance level 2
I wanted to run today, but by the time I got home my feet were very swollen and my legs were tight so I opted for the bike instead.  My rear is a bit sore from two long sessions on the bike in a row.  I ordered  my elliptical today - I'm excited to get that back in the workout rotation.
Thursday
AM: Walk - 4 miles no target.
PM: Run/Walk - 2.49 miles on the treadmill, Weight lost workout level 6 workout 1, 20 minutes then a little walk/jog session
Another good food day today.  I also realized today that I need to get myself going.  I realized that I've been doing a lot of excuse making and that it leads to garbage in/garbage out.  I decided that I need to revise my workout plan to account for my lack of fitness.  Same intensity, but revised schedule and speeds to make it plausible and still reach my goals.
Friday
AM: Bike - 20 miles no target.
I took today off and ate too much.  Not a stellar day.  I still feel like I've made good progress so far this week and I'll reach my goals.
Saturday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 5 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk no target.
AM: Easy Run - Treadmill workout, 5.4 miles, warm up walk .5mi, 5mi @ 13:57 per mile, .15mi cool down.
All be darned - I managed to do 5 miles on the treadmill today.  Not only did I get the distance in, but I was able to keep a steady pace and I didn't have to walk until the very end.  The treadmill is great.  I felt good running on it and I think it's going to be good for me as I realized as I got tired that I completely changed my running form - not for the better.  I probably wouldn't have noticed this on the road.  I have to work on keeping my form the same so I can stay more proficient/efficient and go further.  Overall it made me feel pretty good to get the distance in.  I used the MP3 input on the treadmill to plug the iPod in and listen to music while I ran - very nice, easy to hear and the sound quality wasn't bad at all.  I was also able to read while I ran which kept my mind off the distance display and made time go quicker.
Sunday
AM: Walk - 3 miles no target.
AM: Walk - 3.13 miles @ 15:30 per mile.
Took the dogs out for a nice walk this morning.  It was a good way to end the week and I felt good that I got out and did this today.

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Preview post for next week's plan!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My Next Training Tool - Proform 1050E

I'm super excited...I ordered my new elliptical today. Another Proform - this one doesn't have the iFit Live, but it does have the iFit Workout Cards. You can download workouts and put them on a compatible SD card...You can also purchase iFit Workout Cards.


I decided that I wasn't looking for mapping courses on the elliptical - it just doesn't make as much sense as having it on the treadmill. I am looking forward to the ability to add additional workout routines though.

I was really set on the Proform elliptical that I tried at Dick's Sporting Goods. I loved the feel of the machine and it really had the features I was looking for. I was very excited when I found out that the one on the Proform site is the same machine only it is under a different model number. The good thing with ordering from Proform - I found a $50 off coupon, free shipping, and I got the warranty upgraded from 3 years to 5 years for an extra $30 (same deal I got on the treadmill). Dick's would have cost $150 shipping, and more for the warranty so I am pretty happy with the deal I got.


Here are some of the specs on this machine:
10 - 40 degree power ramp - this is one of the largest ranges for a power ramp that I've found. This should be great for targeting different muscle groups.

19 - 24 inch adjustable stride that can be repositioned for a more comfortable stride.

Oversized cushioned pedals - these are awesome and I found I didn't have to worry about feeling like I'd step off the pedals.

20 resistance levels

In handle controls for ramp incline and resistance levels

I should have it here in 7 to 10 days and then the home gym collection will be complete...Well, at least I'll have all the equipment I used to use at the gym in the convenience of my own home :).

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #12

Dopey Training Preview - Week #12
MIND CHECK
Time to put injuries and laziness behind me.  I need to get moving and get myself ready to start hitting the training hard.  I just know that I don't want to be suffering during the Goofy Challenge because I didn't put the work in.
BODY CHECK
My back is finally feeling better - that's awesome.  Now I just need to protect it and make sure I don't overdo anything so that it starts hurting all the time again.
NUTRITION
I'm not going to kid myself in to believing that I'm going to be good here.  I wish I could get my head in check here, but right now it's just not happening.  So I'll do what I can and say the heck with the rest.  I know that's not the best answer, but it's where I am right now.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 3 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk no target.
Tuesday
AM: Bike - 15 miles no target.
Wednesday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 3 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk no target.
Thursday
AM: Walk - 4 miles no target.
Friday
AM: Bike - 20 miles no target.
Saturday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 5 miles @ 14:48 per mile, cool down walk no target.
Sunday
AM:  Walk - 3 miles no target.

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of the week!

Dopey Training Review - Week #11

Dopey Training Review - Week #11
MIND CHECK
My mind knows what I have to do.  I am going to do it.  I may not get where I want to be in terms of food and weight, but I am going to get my fitness and endurance back up.  I feel motivated to get to that point again.  Finally!
BODY CHECK
By Tuesday my back finally started feeling better.  Oh my goodness, what a relief that is!  I am able to do the bike again and I finally feel ready to put some miles on my feet!  Yes!
NUTRITION
I can't even claim that I'm trying in this area.  I am a stress eater and while the stress has been a bit better lately, it's still high enough that I find myself looking to food for comfort.  I will try at some point, but fitness is going to come first right now.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 2 miles @ 12:47 per mile, cool down walk no target.
No workout today.  My back was twinging pretty good and I just wasn't up to trying to do a workout and hurting more.
Tuesday
AM: Walk - 4 miles no target.
PM: Bike - 15 miles, 57 minutes, 15.7 mph, resistance level 3
I got on the bike today.  While I had a couple of twinges in my back, I was able to get a good 15 mile ride in.  I am really glad I got the bike - it is a great cross training tool and I definitely feel it when I'm done.
Wednesday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 3 miles @ 12:47 per mile, cool down walk no target.
My back is still feeling pretty good today, but I don't want to push it so I took it easy today.
Thursday
AM: Bike - 20 miles no target.
PM: Bike - 16 miles, 1 hour, 15.8 mph, resistance level 3
Got another good ride in on the bike today.  Felt really good and no problem with my back today.  I know I've lost a lot of fitness over the last month or so as an hour is about my limit on the bike right now.  Certainly need to work on that.
Friday
AM: Walk - 4 miles no target.
I had good intentions today, but I got off work early, came home, sat on the couch and promptly fell asleep.  I guess all the sleepless nights caught up with me.
Saturday
AM: Long Run - Warm up walk no target, 5 miles @ 12:47 per mile, cool down walk no target.
AM: Walk - 2.8 miles, 16:09 minutes per mile.
        Run - Treadmill .92 miles, 15 minutes per mile
        Run - Treadmill Repeats 1 mile, 15 minutes per mile
It felt so good to get outside with the dogs today.  We went on a nice easy walk and I threw in a couple of short jogging segments to see if my back would hold up to the pounding.  Thankfully - everything felt good.  I was very encouraged by this.  I started playing with the treadmill and put another .92 miles on the treadmill of a map course I created, then I did a one mile repeat workout as well.  First time on the treadmill and I really like it a lot - hope I keep liking it.
Sunday
Rest
While I really want to get back on the treadmill today I'm going to have to give it a rest.  After yesterday I am feeling a lot of the same pain in my back and I don't want to overdo it and make it worse.  I'll take it easy today and hit it hard again tomorrow!

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Preview post for next week!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Proform Power 995 Treadmill

I took my dogs out for a walk this morning. Nothing to strenuous - I just wanted to test my back and make sure it could handle the pounding again. We did a couple of very short jog segments and at the end I felt really good.

I thought that was where I was going to stop for the day, but I started playing with my iFit Live module for the treadmill. I plugged it in the Treadmill and it went through its updates and looked great.

I created a new course using the Google Maps feature. I decided to put a five mile route together from my last half marathon since it had incline. Once it was created I went to the treadmill to see if it showed up.

Oh wow - there's my course all laid out for me. You touch start and there it goes. In these courses you control the speed so I like that. The course controls the incline. Awesome!

I did almost a mile and then it lost the network connection. Well, that's a problem...I'm going to have to do some troubleshooting...It may be time to finally upgrade the wireless router as I may need a little more range since the treadmill is in another room. We'll see though.

Since that loss of connection stopped the workout I decided to try one of the pre-programmed workouts. I choose a repeats program, just a one mile course. This was pretty cool. It controlled the speed and incline and took me through 1 mile with inclines from 0 to 4 and speed from 3 to 4.7. This was kind of fun and I look forward to trying other programs.

In addition to being able to create your own courses using Google maps they are in the process of setting up their favorite courses in distances of 3K, 5K, Half Marathon and Marathon. I am super excited about this and can't wait to see which courses they include. It'll be really cool if they include the Disney races and I can try the WDW Marathon on the treadmill this summer. Either way though, I love the idea of creating courses and then running them on the treadmill - something I never thought I'd say.

Another cool thing that you can do is schedule your workouts and when you start iFit Live it will automatically load the next workout in your schedule. This includes your maps and Jillian Michaels workouts. I haven't tried one of those yet, but I will be soon. They look awesome - I'll probably focus a lot on ones that have good inclines since I don't have any hills in the areas I normally run. They have levels from walking beginners to sprint advanced runners. Each level has 20 or more different workouts.

I haven't even mentioned the cool fan that is on the treadmill...It has two speeds - low and high. I thought it would be a bit of a joke, but I have to say that it's great. A little loud, but it certainly kept me cool, even in my long sleeve shirt.

The iFit Live is still in beta so it isn't costing me anything at this point. Once it goes live it will be $9.95 a month. After just one workout I am pretty sure I'll be paying the fee - I think it will add a lot of variety to my workouts.

After just one test run on the treadmill I can say that I'm totally impressed and I can't wait to get the workout room finished so that I can really use it in style :)!

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