Tuesday was a snow day but we did not have a ton of snow. The weather-forecasters predicted a crazy storm. A nasty winter nor’easter. They were predicting anywhere from 3-18 inches of snow, depending on who was say what when. Monday started with snow then rain, a lot of rain and wind. When I made my week’s menu plan, I decided to add a workout plan. I am working 3 shifts at AppleBee’s so my week ends with 3 double shifts. And there was crazy weather planned. On Sunday there was no way of knowing when the snow was going to start.
When school ended, there was no snow. I had a change of clothes. I had my Polar. I had no excuses.
And man, did I want to go home.
I earned this medal!
My run/walk looked like this…..
- 0.0 -0.90 mile Walk: 2-3mph
- 0.91 – 1.0 mile Run: 4mph
- 1.01 – 1.20 Walk: 3mph
- 1.21 – 1.25 Run: 4mph
- 1.26 – 1.44 Walk: 3mph
- 1.46 – 1.50 Run: 4mph
- 1.51 – 1.69 Walk: 3mph
- 1.70 – 1.75 Run: 4mph
- 1.76 – 1.90 Walk: 3mph
- 1.91 – 2.00 Run: 4mph
- 2.01 – 2.20 Walk: 3mph
- 2.21 – 2.25 Run: 4mph
- 2.26 – 2.44 Walk: 3mph
- 2.45 – 2.50 Run: 4mph
- 2.51 – 2.70 Walk: 3mph
- 2.71-2.76 Run: 4mph
- 2.77 -3.00 Walk: 3mph
- 3.00 – 3.11 Run: 4mph
**I signed up for this virtual race months ago. This race should have coincided with the Goofy race at Disney Land. It took me a bit longer to get geared up. Last week, I could have done this event but I wanted to start my 2015 events with my Beastie’s race. That was important to me. And completing this race as a walk, not a walk at home video but an outside or treadmill walk, was important.
I have not walked a 5K in months. And it was probably longer than that since I walked on the treadmill. I am almost embarrassed to admit this was harder than I expected. Why does it feel so much harder and slower on a treadmill?
I worked up quite the sweat!! No wonder, my heart rate had moments of almost maxing out.
Check it out….I wore my polar M400*.
Which brings me to my new truth.
I am out of shape. Yes, I sorta knew this but certainly did not want to admit it. I know my body needs more consistent physical fitness. I know that the steps at school, take my breath. But still, I thought I was fine. Well, my handy M400 has a Fit Test feature, which helps figure out my cardiovascular fitness level. After taking my fit test, my cardiovascular is VERY LOW. Oh boy! I am bummed but I will not let it send me into a tailspon. I did this test a few weeks ago and I have a starting point. I will continue working to improve my health and retest in a few weeks. I will keep taking this test every 6 weeks.
My number one mission is to be healthy enough to live a long and happy life. I need a body healthy enough to keep up with all I want to do in the future. I am going to use my Polar as a guide and I am going to get myself in shape!! I am going to increase my cardiovascular fitness!
- retake fit test every 6 weeks or so.
- walk a 5K for time once a month. Compare M400 after each 5K
- aim for goal every day!
- get sweaty often – plan and complete 4 sweaty workouts each week.
- stay connected with like minded accountability partners!
- get AJ and Lucy outside walking as often as possible!
- Have fun!
My next fitness test will be February 24, 2015 OR 7 weeks after first test AKA my birthday!!