Thursday, July 10, 2008

45-minute workout

Although my run was at times a little painful (my lower back was killing me), it was still one of those nights where I loved my workout and being outside and living in Santa Monica.

Tonight I did a 45-minute run walk with 3 minutes of running and 2 minutes of walking with 5 minutes of warm up and 5 minutes of cool down. For the most part, the run went well. I cruised through the neighborhood I live in and really enjoyed the route.

One of the things I hate about doing a run/walk routine is that I have to constantly look at my watch to see how much time I have left before I need to start running or walking again. This messes me up both mentally and physically but I do it anyway. The other day when Susannah and I ran, I used the timer function on my watch for the first time and that was a great revelation...until we realized that it was beeping every 30 f'n seconds. I don't need that!

So today my brilliance led me to create a playlist of songs that were 3 minutes and 2 minutes in length. I switched back and forth between the two different song lengths for as many intervals as I needed to run (9) and then sandwiched that between the 5 minutes of warm up and cool down. It was so great and I loved loved loved not having to concentrate on anything other than what's the next song coming up to suprise me?

Tomorrow I have another running workout, which will be my 4th workout this week. Then I have another day of cross training on Saturday (along with Cyrena's super fun birthday party) and then Sunday's my big day- an 8-mile run. Holy crap! After today's workout though, and seeing that I covered about 3 1/2 miles, I feel okay about Sunday's run.

As an aside, I really dig running in the evenings. It's a good time for me.

PS- Tonight I sat one table over from Paul Lieberstein who plays Toby on The Office.


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