This morning I got up early before church and headed to the gym. It helps me when I know I will have a stressful day to go running before the day starts. It also makes me go and do it before I get too busy doing other things and put it off.
Well this morning I decided I would get on the treadmill and just run as long as I could. I set the time for 45 minutes thinking with ambition that I would make it to at least 35. I started walking for 2 minutes to warm up and then set a brisk pace of 9 minutes a mile. I hoped to at least get 3.5 - 4 miles in. I noticed when I did my last 5k that I felt I could keep going after it was over. So I figured hey why not see how far I can go this morning?
I got my answer when the treadmill kept going and my body did too! I managed to keep running on the treadmill today for 4.75 miles in 45 minutes!!! I was quite happy with myself after I realized how far I had come. When the treadmill slowed down to a cool down. I guess this means I will be running a 10K sooner than I thought :)
I noticed that after the 3rd mile my heart rate increased to 170 and stayed steady there. This is good because my optimal calorie burning is supposedly between the 160s so I was happy I pushed it higher and was even more excited when I saw i burned 541 calories with that run! Lately my runs of 3 miles have only burned 300-350 calories. Not bad but still I like to be in the 500s at least :)
Tonight before bed I will shred it with weights and use my 15lb kettle bell. I wish I had purchased the adjustable one now but maybe in the future I will. The 15lb one used to be so hard but now I have noticed it is getting easier.
The Shrinkvivor challenge this week was miles and so far I got 4 miles in Thursday, 3 miles in Friday and 3 miles in Saturday. Now 4 more today brings my total up to 14. My goal is 25 so I need to push for 5 miles Monday and Tuesday!