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Day 135: 'DownTime'

Sunday, May 15, 2011

If I wasn't so lazy (mmm, well, mebbe more like 'not terribly talented in this particular mindset,' lol) I'd write a parody to the tune of 'Downtown.' Ah well. If anybody does, call my attention to it - I'm sure it'd be fun!

We've had rain every day for approaching two weeks now. (In fact, it's raining as I type this.) It's not that it rains all day, every day (thank goodness), just that it rains often enough to make going outside miserable - the places I usually walk are either overhung with trees and dripping wet, or full of puddles, or both. Eh. So I did the treadmill again, but this time, I did a small 'charge-up.' I don't usually do any kind of incline, but I read something earlier that said putting even a slight incline on a treadmill gives you a much better 'walkout' (hah, walkout / workout, get it? okay, okay, not the best pun in the world). Every couple of weeks or so I nudge the speed up, and as long as the PF doesn't kick in and the knee doesn't start aching and so on, I figure I'm okay.

After reading the article I thought, yeh, why not? Instead of upping the speed (I just can't get into that jogging thing; maybe someday) I added 5% (the smallest option) to the incline. Well, by golly, it felt more like I did some fitness. Not out of breath or anything, but it was good, very good. I might experiment with this for a while.

Except for the usual, that was my excitement for Sunday. I don't mind not having excitement - the quiet life suits me just fine.

Tomorrow: blood test. Bleh. You already know how I feel about those. And later this week another doctor's appointment, this time dealing with the BP. I swear I'm starting to feel like an ol' lady, lol...

Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

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    Good on you for doing the treadmill even if it's not your favorite. Adding the challenge will get you better results, as you've found, and maybe make it more interesting (?)

    I'm going to the doc today to get results of bloodwork - apparently, I'm low in vitamin B12. I'll be thinking of you and your pinprick! Until then, remember that...
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    3199 days ago
    Good that you found the incline helped.

    Go crazy (what do I mean go?) and buy some wellies, some really flashy ones around now and go splash in the puddles emoticon emoticon
    3199 days ago
    Good luck with your blood test.
    3200 days ago
    Rain doesn't cut it for me either.....don't walk in it at all very often....rained here later today however had already had a 6k walk....yay.....
    3200 days ago
    Rain can make even the most energetic person lazy! I like to sleep in the rain!!
    3200 days ago
    Incline really does help. It's nice to feel like you've *done* something by the end of a workout. Well done!
    3200 days ago
    I use the treadmill nearly everyday and I try to add different things to keep it a bit interesting. My treadmill is in front of the tv so sometimes I will raise the incline by the max amount only during comercials or I will play with the speed by changing the speed setting every other minute.
    3200 days ago
    Or maybe a pincushion? LOL
    3200 days ago
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    3200 days ago
    I do the ""Dreadmill"' as I call it, most days--do it at a 5% incline and walk as fast as I can---- It is boring, but I get a better workout (I think_) than walking the GSDOG---- No rain here but most of Eastern Canada is soggy ----Here it just feels cold!!! --- Good blog Kasey--sounds like you are more relaxed!--Sundays are the best eh?---Lynda emoticon
    3200 days ago
    And walking downhill beats not walking at all. Here's to new and creative ways to keep ourselves putting one foot in front of the other. Sleep well, Kasey! emoticon
    3200 days ago
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    According to one fitness guru (Bob Greene), if you're walking on the treadmill without an incline, you're doing the equivalent of going downhill. To which I say, yes, and in so many other ways than just walking. emoticon
    3200 days ago
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