Treadmill: When running would require cross-country travel

Cross-country to somewhere it isn’t snowing, that is. This is the current scene outside the spare bedroom where the treadmill lives. The greenery is looking rather white:

My exercise was delayed when I discovered the right bud of my new AirPods hadn’t charged and was dead. I did not want to work out in mono. I did a bit of fiddling, let the AirPods charge for about 10 minutes or so, which is normally enough for an hour’s use, but no go. The right one was still dead. I grumbled, failed to find my wired EarPods, grumbled some more and then connected my Moves via old-fashioned wired connection (with Apple-provided dongle) and used them. Surprisingly, they worked fairly well. I thought they would get too sweaty, but the Arctic chill seems to have helped there.

(The AirPods seem to be properly charged now, but my faith in them has been broken like a cracker in the jaws of a hungry parrot.)

I kept up the pace for 50 minutes, which is partway through “Mr. Blue Sky”, an utterly ironic song to end on today. For some reason I was feeling absurdly energetic to start and my first two kms were 8:39 and 8:51. This moderated over the last three km, but still, not sure why I was so peppy. But peppy is good.

Here are the stats, with my previous 50 minute walk in brackets. Note that the previous one was at a 6 km/h pace.

Speed: 6.5 km/h (6 km/h)
Incline: 10

Pace: 9:04/km  (9:51/km)
Time: 50:04 (50:05)
Distance: 5.52 km (5.08 km)
Calories burned: 520 (533)
BPM: 141 (144)

Treadmill: Not in the snow

It’s snowing so the treadmill is my BFF right now.

Another 30 minute workout. I anticipate that the treadmill will be all but mandatory for the next week or two, given the weather forecast.

A little peppier tonight, maybe because I was filled with pizza, the most perfect food in the universe.

Stats:

Speed: 6.5 km/h
Incline: 10

Pace: 9:11/km (9:18 km/h)
Time: 30:08 (30.04)
Distance: 3.28 km (3.23 km)
Calories burned: 296 (290)
BPM: 138 (135)

Treadmill walk: Closer to midnight

In which I vacillate over whether to do a workout or not, then finally decide to at 10:33 p.m. A half hour walk tonight, stats below. I was a bit tired to start, but warmed up and plowed through.

Speed: 6.5 km/h
Incline: 10

Pace: 9:18/km (9:16 km/h)
Time: 30:04 (60.05)
Distance: 3.23 km (6.48 km)
Calories burned: 290 (613)
BPM: 135 (142)

Treadmill walk: One full hour of walk walk walk

What do I do when I am not feeling well and generally void of energy? I exercise, of course!

I will admit by about the 45 minute mark I was getting a bit tired. But I felt guilty for not being on the treadmill or running over the previous three days.

I originally thought of doing a 30 minute walk, then maybe a jog after, but weighed the possibility of me finishing the walk, then declaring it good and stopping there, so I pushed on and did my first full hour walk. Once I got past the “I am going to suddenly fall asleep from exhaustion, roll off the end of the treadmill and injure myself” part, it was not that bad.

The stats, with the previous 30 minute walk in brackets. Of note, pace stayed about the same, though BPM was higher, due to doubling the length of the exercise.

Speed: 6.5 km/h
Incline: 10

Pace: 9:16/km (9:17 km/h)
Time: 60:05 (30.06)
Distance: 6.48 km (3.24 km)
Calories burned: 613 (287)
BPM: 142 (132)

Treadmill walk: Late at night

Here’s an example of something I couldn’t do before the treadmill: Start a workout at almost 10 p.m. Even in the summer it would be dark and spooky at this time. But inside the miracle of artificial light means I was A-OK to hop on the treadmill.

Here are the stats, with the previous run in brackets as comparison. As you can see, the pace was better and BPM was much lower–even lower than previous walks on the treadmill. Maybe my body feels well-rested by mid-evening.

Speed: 6.5 km/h (6 km/h)
Incline: 10

Pace: 9:17/km (9:21 km/h)
Time: 30:06 (30.05)
Distance: 3.24 km (3.21 km)
Calories burned: 287 (313)
BPM: 132 (143)

Treadmill walk and almost a treadmill run

I did a 30 minute treadmill walk today and intended to follow it, after cooling off for about ten minutes, with a 30 minute treadmill run.

The run, with the incline set to 1 to simulate the wind resistance of running outdoors, began decently enough. After about two minutes I had a sudden and urgent need to go to the bathroom. My entire midsection was rumbling ominously, so without knowing exactly what was in store, I stopped the run after 2:17. This netted me a distance of 0.35 km and 22 calories burned. But hey, I tried!

The less-jostling walk yielded the following stats (pace is a bit slow and BPM a bit high):

Speed: 6.5 km/h (6 km/h)
Incline: 10

Pace: 9:21 km/h
Time: 30.05
Distance: 3.21 km
Calories burned: 313
BPM: 143

Treadmill walk: Day 1, Year 2020

Well, the future has arrived and with it my personal challenge to exercise every day. Most days this will mean hitting the treadmill, as was the case today. As I’ve mentioned before, there is not a lot that can be said about walking on a treadmill, as zany adventures are rarely encountered. I did notice that my pace was a bit slower than my previous 5 km workout. I guess I am tired or something. With that, the stats:

Speed: 6.5 km/h (6 km/h)
Incline: 10

Pace: 9:18 km/h
Time: 30.06
Distance: 3.23 km
Calories burned: 295
BPM: 134

Treadmill walk: Walking in the new year

After indulging in a few tortilla chips, I worked off the fat and the guilt on the treadmill. I thought about going for a run outside but it has been a monsoon all day and I generally avoid running in monsoons.

Instead I did a 5 km walk. The stats are below, with the stats in brackets being from my previous 5 km workout, which was done at a speed setting of 6.0 (easier). The notable differences are a lower BPM today, despite using harder settings and of course, fewer calories burned for the same distance because I walked for four fewer minutes:

Speed: 6.5 km/h (6 km/h)
Incline: 10

Pace: 9:13 km/h (9:51/km)
Time: 46.10 (50:05)
Distance: 5.01 km (5.08 km)
Calories burned: 433 (533)
BPM: 139 (144)

Run 645: Slow with traffic cones

Run 645
Average pace: 6:01/km
Location: Burnaby Lake (CCW)
Start: 1:44 pm
Distance: 5.03 km
Time: 30:14
Weather: Partly sunny
Temp: 10ºC
Humidity: 76%
Wind: light
BPM: 162
Weight: 171.1 pounds
Total distance to date: 4835 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 8
Shoes: Saucony Switchback ISO (195 km)

Back to Burnaby Lake for the first time since November 24 (more than a month ago) and it was like I’d never left, at least in terms of pace, as it came in at 6:01/km, a rounding error away from the previous pace of 6:02/km–but technically still faster!

Most of the run was fairly consistent and I would have come in under six minutes if not for the third km, where my pace dropped to 6:10/km. This drop was due to two things: I was admittedly tired (I haven’t run outdoors much lately and it is a lot more demanding than being on a treadmill), but also because I kept gawking over to my right, which undoubtedly slowed me down. I was again staring at the clearcut mentioned in my last post on running at Burnaby Lake. It just looks so very weird now, like the whole of civilization has suddenly been revealed, the illusion that you’re running in the woods has been literally stripped away. This time, though, there was more evidence on the reason for the massive tree removal. Earth-moving equipment was in place and you could already see dirt piled up and plowed alongside the existing railroad track, indicating that the trees were removed to either allow them to shore up the existing track area or possibly expand it to include new track.

It still looks about as attractive as you’d expect a clearcut to be.

The run itself was done in remarkably mild conditions, with the temperature a balmy 10ºC–well above normal–, along with little wind and even the sun poking out a bit here and there. While the weather was surprisingly pleasant, the trail was not. Several sections–including resurfaced areas–are collapsing due to the aggressive inflow of water. Keep in mind that the fall hasn’t even been abnormally wet, too. There were numerous cones dotting the trail to mark soft spots and areas where the surface was crumbling away along the edges. The area leading up to the Cottonwood Trail was especially bad, as was the stretch immediately after it that leads to the bridge at Still Creek.

Surprisingly, despite occasional and somewhat large puddles, the area by the fields was not flooded and I escaped with my feet dry. Here’s hoping more resurfacing and shoring up has been scheduled for sooner than later.

Overall I didn’t experience any issues, just that “yep, not exactly in peak form” feeling, though my BPM was lower than the previous run, which was nice. That was probably due to being in slightly better shape (thank you, treadmill!) and also the warmer conditions meaning less strain.

It was nice to be back outside, and I did run a fair bit on the walk out from the lake, so all of my pep hasn’t yet abandoned me. We’ll see how it goes the next time when I run with actual wind resistance and stuff.

Treadmill walk: Fear of fat

Sorry, I couldn’t come up with a better title. :P

This was a now pretty standard workout, and the results are almost identical to the Boxing Day workout, so without further ado, the stats:

Speed: 6.5 km/h (6.5 km/h)
Incline: 10

Pace: 9:14/km (9:15/km)
Time: 30:07 (30:05)
Distance: 3.26 km (3.25 km)
Calories burned: 284 (279)
BPM: 133 (134)

Treadmill walk: Boxing Day boogie

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)
Incline: 10

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)

Treadmill walk: Present for Christmas

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)
Incline: 10

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)