I set off to the gym tonight to do some speed training. I do like the treadmill for this reason it forces you to push your body to work harder. Hyannis is only 29 days away so I must be ready!
When I ran my first 5K back in September I never imagined I would be training for a half marathon. Now today here I am running the 3 miles as training! I did a quick warm up and then off I went. My first mile was 8 minutes and then I walked for 30 seconds. Then I decided to turn it up and I ran the next mile in 7.1 minutes! After that I went right into the last mile and did it in 6.9 minutes! This is my fastest mile yet! The end result? I finished 3.1 miles in only 24 minutes! Woot woot!!!!
After that I kept running just at a slower 8.9 min/mile for one more mile. I saw what I love about running when I checked my Polar HRM:
Yep thats just from 35 minutes of running on the treadmill!
After that treadmill run I headed home to do some weight training. Weight training has been a hot topic lately amoung some of my favorite fellow tweeps! I have been weight training since day 1 of my journey. It began with 3 pound hand weights and a large huffing and puffing me struggling through a workout routine. Now I use 10 pound hand weights and also a 15 pound kettlebell. It has taken a long time but I am finally toned and feeling like all my hard work is starting to pay off.
I keep weight training for several reasons. I will do a whole post about it soon, but mainly it burns calories, builds muscle and muscle burns more calories on a daily basis than fat.
The whole workout was not long just 55 minutes but it was effective burning 501 calories: