Treadmill walk: Sponsored by guilt

Even though I am mostly recovered from the cold, it still persists in annoying, lingering ways, such as an occasional cough and a still-present feeling of (light) congestion in the chest. Maybe I was using this subconsciously as an excuse to not exercise, but it’s still an excuse.

So tonight, just shy of 10:30 p.m., I got on the treadmill and did a half hour workout with the usual settings.

Results, with previous workout in brackets below. Of note, my pace was a bit sluggish, but this probably helped my BPM to be a bit lower, too. I felt like I recovered faster, too. Overall a bit meh, but at least I did some exercise.

Speed: 6.5 km/h
Incline: 10

Pace: 9:17/km (9:09 km/h)
Time: 30:08 (30.05)
Distance: 3.24 km (3.28 km)
Calories burned: 294 (301)
BPM: 139 (142)

Treadmill miracle walk

The miracle is that after a day of coughing, feeling generally sick and above all else, indolent, I actually got on the treadmill tonight and did a half hour workout.

I did not cough once during the workout.

I started coughing immediately after completing the workout.

I also noticed my heart rate was much slower than normal to recover. Not that it was crazy high or anything, it just took a few minutes longer than usual to get back below 100 (which is the arbitrary point I’ve chosen for when I stop the treadmill and get off…the treadmill).

The stats in brackets are from my previous walk, just a little over a week ago, completed during the small window between the bad flu and the bad cold. As you can see, everything is slightly worse, but actually not too bad considering the coughing, congestion and general unwellness I continue to experience.

Here’s to a healthier week. At least it is mercifully one day shorter than normal.

Speed: 6.5 km/h
Incline: 10

Pace: 9:09/km (9:06 km/h)
Time: 30:05 (30.04)
Distance: 3.28 km (3.30 km)
Calories burned: 301 (298)
BPM: 142 (140)

Treadmill walk: Finally another treadmill walk

After having my energy sapped for three weeks due to the flu and its lingering fun side effects, I finally got back on the treadmill again for the first time since January 15th.

I did a 30 minute walk and at first felt surprisingly peppy. That peppiness started to wane a bit toward the end, but overall it went better than I would have expected, considering I’ve been mildly dreading any sort of exercise based on the way my energy level has zeroed out by mid-evening the past week. But here I am at 9 p.m. having survived the first treadmill workout of February.

The stats, with the previous 30 minute workout in brackets for comparison. Somewhat surprisingly, my pace was actually better and my BPM was only a wee bit higher. Maybe listening to R.E.M.’s Accelerate helped.

Speed: 6.5 km/h
Incline: 10

Pace: 9:06/km (9:11 km/h)
Time: 30:04 (30.08)
Distance: 3.30 km (3.28 km)
Calories burned: 298 (296)
BPM: 140 (138)

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.


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)

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)