I went back to the gym ready and anxious to get in my first run in my 30s (I might go overboard with this today but it's so hard to believe that I'm freakin 30)
I figured maybe Tuesday's run was a fluke...I wasn't all with it...but today I'm psyched and ready to go!
I used the same treadmill as last time and I feel like running on this treadmill is harder than any other treadmill I've run on...and harder than running outside. Actually this has happened to me before with this brand of treadmill--the Nautilus ones. I feel like I'm constantly running on a 3% incline.
I remember specifically on a business trip to Anaheim a few months ago feeling the same way...wondering why I was having such a hard time with my runs...was it because I was in a different state or something? Maybe the air quality was different?
But it was the same brand treadmill.
Every time I run on the treadmill is on a 1% incline. I am always sure to put it at least at 1% just to be sure I'm getting some kind of resistance. But these two runs have been crap...not even enjoyable.
I ran 3 miles today in 28 minutes. And when I say I almost didn't make it past 2 miles, I mean it.
So could it really be the treadmill?
I'll try another brand of treadmill next week and I'm going to keep my "long" run shorter than normal this week to see if that's part of the problem too.
So my birthday workout looked something like this:
3 miles 28:01
TONS of ab work. I used a 14 pound "ab" ball to do ab rotations
Touch your toes diagonally 20 times each
And a ton of crunches on the stability ball with the 14 pound ab ball. (it's basically a ball with handles on the side)
3 sets of lunges on the stability trainer with 17.5 pound weights in both hands
3 sets of arm raises/squats with 15 pound weights (like in the 3o Day Shred DVD)
Total time: 48 minutes. No idea how many calories I burned since I don't have one of those Garmins...but good news..I got some birthday money and I think I'm going to use it toward one. WOO HOO
After my workout and a shower I had a salad and 6 saltines with peppermint tea. Now I'll just have to wait and be patient for my dinner, homemade by Dennis:
Whole wheat linguini with mussels in a white wine garlic sauce
Devils Food chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting (He made the cake on his own, but I'll make the frosting since I hate store bought frosting)