Workouts From The Week (2.4.19 – 2.10.19)

Quick story before getting to my workouts from the week!

I couldn’t help but think of my high school gym teacher, Ms. Tirado, yesterday as I was doing my incline walking thing on the treadmill.

Oh Ms. Tirado, if you could see me now.

You see, Ms. Tirado was my gym teacher who learned the hard way that I was not cut out for running her mandatory mile. Physical fitness was not my thing back then. When my doctor’s note excusing me from running wasn’t into the school on time, she made me run anyway. I responded to her by running, then fainting, and then throwing up in the gym.

After that little situation, Ms. Tirado never made me run again…but she did make me walk. And when I walked her mandatory mile, she informed me at the finish line that I held the record for walking her mandatory mile the slowest in her history of gym class teaching.

Well, Ms. Tirado, I think I am now walking much faster thanks to all my time spent incline walking on the treadmill. It only took me 25 years but hey, I am here.

Seriously though! I was never a fast walker. I did learn to run fast but walk fast? Nah. Was never my thing. But suddenly! I can walk much faster! I am getting so good at not only walking on an incline up to 12.0% but I can walk at a speed of 4.5 on the treadmill without wanting to just pick it up to run. I like walking fast, It’s a whole new type of workout for me. There was a time in my life when I would run at 4.5!

Progress my friends, progress.

Anyway. I ran outside twice this week plus a long walk outdoors earlier in the week. While I didn’t run yesterday (learn why below), I am hopeful to get more miles in this week if the weather can cooperate. Otherwise, I guess I can run indoors on the treadmill. I haven’t really wanted to run indoors but I do want to run this week and even get back to speed workouts so we will see where it will happen.

And this was my slice of whole wheat Margarita pizza from yesterday since it was National Pizza Day. Figured I would throw it in here. 🙂


Monday – 20 Min Pure Barre/60 Min Walk

I was a little thrown off timewise this morning as I thought I had less time than I actually did. I started with a 20 minute Pure Barre workout thinking I needed to leave quickly after to take my son to school but then he went in later which gave me more time but at that point, I didn’t feel like running so I went for a walk. I had only loosely planned to run 3 miles if I was going to run so really, a long walk in my mind is fairly equal to a short, easy run.

Tuesday – 45 Min Pure Barre

Wednesday – 5 Miles (outside)

I had gotten dressed for the treadmill when I realized it was above freezing and sunny out by 7:00 AM. That’s when I changed my clothes to run outdoors!

5 miles

Thursday – 40 Min Run (outside)

I was slightly short on time so I stopped at the 40-minute mark (like 4.5 miles I think?) rather than continue to 5 miles.

Friday – 45 Min Pure Barre

Saturday – In The Gym

In all honesty, I had my hair highlighted and blown out yesterday afternoon which meant no running today in fear of sweating things up.

I still went to the gym (back to super cold outside) but opted for incline walking and some weights in place of a run. While I still got my heart rate way up and did sweat my hairline, it was nothing compared to what running on the treadmill would have done to my hair.

Here’s what I did:

  • 15 min incline walking
  • Off for upper body free weights
  • 15 min incline walking
  • Off for lunges and squats
  • 15 min incline walking

I was talking to my friend from the neighborhood while in the gym who is a trainer. He was telling me how beneficial incline walking is and how equally beneficial it is to mix up your workouts. He said, as we know, our bodies do get used to what we do so mixing in the incline walks with my running is a really good thing. I liked hearing that even though I knew it — it’s nice to get the professional reinforcement!

Sunday – Pure Barre

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  1. says

    I dreaded running so much in gym class. In junior high we had to run laps around our school campus for a mile and I used to hide behind a building on the way and then join in with everyone else at the very end. I didn’t start running until my mid 30’s.

    I was a treadmill incline walker for years and it’s such a good workout. Calorie wise I’m sure it’s equal or better to running and it’s great for endurance.
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  2. says

    I was so slow at the mile in gym class! Maybe not the slowest, but definitely slow. Inclines can definitely make you a faster walker! After a few years of hiking, I’ve noticed that I really do walk faster.