I opted out of the insanity of dealing with Boxing Day sale crowds at the mall and did a basic 30 minute walk on the treadmill instead. The settings were the same as the previous walk, though I pushed a little harder (most evident on the second km, where my pace was 9:07/km).
Other than that, it was exercise on the treadmill. No dogs magically appeared for me to trip over, and it did not rain at all indoors.
The stats (previous walk in brackets):
Speed: 6.5 km/h (6 km/h)
Pace: 9:15/km (9:17/km)
Time: 30:05 (40:04)
Distance: 3.25 km (4.31 km)
Calories burned: 279 (363)
BPM: 134 (137)
What better way to celebrate the yuletide than to walk for 40 minutes on a treadmill? Little did I know how catastrophically bad the actual day was going to unfold (coal all around), but earlier when there was peace and all that, the treadmill stood ready.
For this day’s workout, I decided to bump the speed from 6 to 7. That may not seem like much, but 7 feels a lot faster, sort of an uber-walking pace that is not quite a jog. It was simply too much to sustain, so I fell back to 6.5, which the treadmill informed me is a 9:13/km pace. I maintained that for 40 minutes and don’t mind say, toward the end I was getting a little tuckered.
I also jury-rigged a platform to put my Vornado fan on and it worked quite well, even on the low setting, reducing the buckets of sweat to a mere thimble. Getting a proper shelf is definitely on the to-do list now.
And the stats (with the previous 30 minute/6.0 walk in brackets). As you can see, the pace was definitely brisker–this is pretty much in line with my regular walk speed when I go out jogging– BPM was only slightly higher and I was able to cover more ground, so to speak:
Speed: 6.5 km/h (6 km/h)
Pace: 9:17/km (9:45/km)
Time: 40:04 (30:04)
Distance: 4.31 km (3.08 km)
Calories burned: 363 (281)
BPM: 137 (135)
I did a repeat of yesterday’s treadmill workout, eschewing going out for a run because I was feeling a bit lazy and hey, it’s the holidays. Plus having an extra day to recover after a long layoff on a trail run is a good thing. Yep!
Tonight I walked to the dulcet tones of Jonathan Coulton. I have put the previous walk’s stats in brackets as comparison, because the settings and time for both walks were the same. Note the differences! They’re not major, but even small ones are nice to see. Specifically:
Pace is five seconds faster. I am beginning to approach the walking speed on my runs (ie. when I walk 1.5 km to the river or 4 km to the lake), except those walks feature an incline of mostly 0%, not 10%.
Time: Identical. This was just weird luck.
Distance: Befitting my faster pace, I covered a smidgen more.
Calories burned: Work harder, burn more! Seeing this number go up gives me warm fuzzies. And less fat.
BPM: Basically the same, as expected. In time this could drop more.
Speed: 6 km/h
Pace: 9:45/km (9:50/km)
Distance: 3.08 km (3.05 km)
Calories burned: 281 (259)
BPM: 135 (134)
This was the first time I followed a run with a walk. That doesn’t sound like anything extraordinary, and it really isn’t, but I’m hoping it sets a pattern going forward where I’m putting in some exercise every day.
I walked for 30 minutes and just over 3 km at the usual settings. Compared to the previous walk, which was 50 minutes, pace was nearly identical at 9:50/km, but the BPM was lower–134 vs. 144. It still strikes me as funny how when I ramp the speed up to 6 km/h to start it seems absurdly fast, like I almost have to jog to keep up, then five minutes in, it feels like it’s going slow enough that I want to goose the speed higher.
Also, I think the fact that it is near-freezing outside and the heat is off inside (the condo seriously rarely requires the heat to be on to stay warm) meant I was able to keep the sweat somewhat under control. I still need to get some kind of fan set up.
Speed: 6 km/h
Distance: 3.05 km
Calories burned: 259
Today while waiting for a Telus tech to arrive and install a fibre connection, I killed some time by doing a walk on ye olde treadmill. I sweated like the proverbial pig (do pigs actually sweat a lot?), so a top priority now is getting a fan mounted to help keep my cool ‘n dry.
I put on The Proclaimers’ Sunshine on Leith, which remains a gem of a pop album and is great for working out to and also, just, you know, listening to. It was also long enough to meet my criteria of exercising for either 50 minutes or 5 km, whichever came first.
As it turned out, I hit the 5K mark before 50 minutes, making it the first time I’ve done so on the treadmill. I then kept up for another minute or so to get the 50 minutes, too. I’m really into fives, apparently.
This time I put the towel in a place where it wouldn’t slip away after the first few minutes, and this was good due to the aforementioned buckets of sweat.
Other than that, it was a good workout. I let the music and my thoughts absorb me, so the 50 minutes went by quickly. My pace was eight seconds faster and BPM was a little lower, so pretty good overall.
Speed: 6 km/h
Distance: 5.08 km
Calories burned: 533
In which I did the same thing as Sunday, swapping The Dark Side of the Moon with Wish You Were Here. As a bonus, this album is about four minutes longer. Toward the end I was getting a bit stupid and tired, but saw I was close to getting 500 active calories burned, so that became my new goal and necessitated me adding the Pink Floyd classic “San Tropez” to the mix. I hit 500 before the song concluded and celebrated by sweating copiously.
In all, this was my longest treadmill walk and my latest. I started at 9:13 pm and ended at 9:59 pm. At this time last night I was climbing into bed.
My pace also matched my ending time, ten seconds slower than Sunday, but I walked farther, so I call it even(ish). My BPM was lower, which was nice. My total time was exactly four minutes longer than the previous walk, which is weird.
Speed: 6 km/h
Distance: 4.62 km
Calories burned: 502
Today I would normally walk to the lake and do a 5 or 10K run (I’m currently doing 5Ks again as I build my stamina back up). It was cloudy, but without a real chance of rain, thought it was cool, hovering around 4-5 Celsius in the morning. I had breakfast, did some chores and thought about running and a persistent voice keep saying, “I don’t wanna.” And I listened to that voice, because I am fat and lazy.
Normally that would be the end of the story, but now I have my good friend, treadmill. I mulled over a few plans–maybe a combo of a walk and a run or something. I decided to start with a 30 minute walk on my now-standard settings of 6 km/h and a 10 incline (yes, it really is walking uphill all the way). I then put on The Dark Side of the Moon because I’ve been in a Pink Floyd kind of mood recently.
And then I decided to walk for the entire album. As a side note, the final track, “Eclipse”, is a rousing way to finish any workout. The choice of music seemed to inspire me, as I walked at a very brisk pace, finishing with the following stats:
By way of comparison, a 5K run usually nets me about 330 calories or so burned, so walking uphill definitely burns better, though it’s not as intense, given the lower BPM. But I sweat way more. Somehow it all evens out.
Anyway, it was a good workout and offered proof on how having the treadmill is too convenient for me to avoid exercise without feeling massive guilt. Well, so far, anyway. Hopefully it stays that way.
P.S. I have created a new tag cleverly called treadmill walks to record such events apart from treadmill runs.