I really wanted to measure the snow for us using my Hello Kitty ruler but I couldn’t open my front door just now because the snow is blown up against it.
My car makes it seem so simple, like flipping a switch can turn the snow and off but it can’t.
I was hoping to be able to squeeze in just one more outdoor run before the blizzard hit yesterday morning but it started snowing the powdery-type stuff ten minutes before I was to head out the door.
Powdery snow is slippery snow and not worth it to me so the treadmill it was.
I know we talk a lot lately about learning to embrace the treadmill and making it work for us but during the winter, when I am in the gym more than outside, I can only do so much treadmill running.
I try to cross train with the elliptical machine at least once a week on a regular basis but during this time of the year, I use it even more often to mix up the repetitiveness of running in place over and over.
I think you already know that I don’t run a lot of hills at all.
Maybe I should more often but I find that I don’t struggle as much as one would expect during hilly race courses and the only thing I can attribute this to is the work I do on the elliptical machine.
I like to crank up the resistance.
It certainly makes it difficult to pedal but I remain convinced that all of that cranking and focusing on those tough hill climbs has strengthened my legs and given them some running-hill ability WITHOUT actually running hills on a more regular basis.
This elliptical workout will keep you engaged because you are pressing the resistance button up or down every minute.
You will gradually climb all the way up and then all the way back down.
As you go up, your pace will slow and then as you come down, you will pick it up again, just like when you run hills.
I like to set the machine to the random course setting which handles the up and down pattern of the incline for you. I hope your machine has that setting too, it’s my favorite.
If you are trapped inside the gym this week and are looking for more cardio workouts, here are a few more:
Mix It Up In The Gym Workout – so many different things to do in order to keep moving and prevent boredom
I think it’s just a Pure Barre DVD morning for me. I can’t get out the front door!
Are you in the blizzard zone? How much snow do you have?
Do you use the elliptical machine often?
Do you run hills on a regular basis?