Friday, June 15, 2007

Operation Portugal: Kat's Updates

Well, I didn't treadmill last night because my stomach hurt. (I sound like a little kid, I know.) So I decided I'd get up early to do some treadmilling this morning. When I told Rob this plan last night, he laughed and told me he'd pay me $50 if I actually woke up early to exercise, as I'm not really big on the whole concept of being awake in the morning at all. I already owe Rob $20 because I thought Healdsburg was Sonoma. (Although in my defense, Healdsburg is in Sonoma County, so I wasn't incorrect when I said "We were in Sonoma" when referring to when we were in Healdsburg, but that's the lawyer in me.) Rob's promise last night, then, meant I'd be back on the plus side, ignoring that whole "marital property" concept... and that fact that we both can transfer money in between our bank accounts whenever we want.

Somehow I managed to wake up this morning only about 15 minutes later than planned, which is HUGE for me. I exercised. And I discovered that exercising in the morning feels horrible. Ugh. My feet felt like lead. I wanted to collapse on the treadmill and take a nap. I didn't even make my full 2.25 miles, keeping me behind Rob's mileage. Grrr.

My stat update:
6/15: 2.1 miles
TOTAL: 4.35 miles

I definitely appreciate Valerie's interval training suggestion because, let's face it, I'm a fitness moron. I think I'll try that tomorrow when I work out... some time after noon. Maybe that'll improve my distance per workout so I can gain on Rob. And, Claire, good luck on your 5K. If you walk any of it, just know that if I were there, I'd be walking that part and then some. :)

9 comments:

Valerie said...

more suggestions that might help --- if you exercise in the morning, don't do it on an empty stomach, try eating a piece of fruit (i.e., orange) before exercising. It will give you the energy needed. But note that the juice version of an orange isn't as good as just eating the orange.

As for interval training, I suggest breaking down your run into 2 minute intervals. You should do 2 minutes at a pace you feel comfortable at (lets say a 5.0 miles/hour on the treadmill) then the next 2 minutes should be a sprint (lets say 6.0 miles/hour). After 4 minutes, your next 2 should be a bit faster than 5.0, like 5.1 or 5.2. Likewise, your next sprint should also be faster, i.e., 6.1 or 6.2. Keep increasing it until you're done with the amount of miles or time you want to run.

Kat said...

Nice. Thanks! I'll report on my progress. Although I admit I slightly fear pressing the up button once I hit 6.0 on the treadmill. :)

Alan said...

I don't think I've ever seen "treadmill" used as a verb before... :)

Rob said...

I love a challenge... bring it on!

Rob said...

And in my defense I knew that Sonoma was BOTH a town and a county and that Healdsburg was a TOWN in Sonoma COUNTY. But that's just the "know-it-all" in me ;)

Kat said...

So basically you're admitting that you tricked me into a bet? ;)

Rob said...

I can't help it if you don't know as much as I do.

Kat said...

Good thing I've got such a smart husband to keep me from looking like a fool by getting tricked into bets ...

Rob said...

Cash rules everything around me, green, get the money, dolla dolla billz ya'll!