I have mentioned in last week’s post that I have decided I need a plan of attack for my workouts. When I was doing The New Rules of Lifting for Women I was kicking butt and taking names. Six days a week at the gym suited me well and I felt strong and in control. I am DYING to get that back! It has been a LONG time since I have had a challenging workout.
It just so happens that I stumbled upon a Running for Weight Loss running schedule. I took my crazy pills and decided to use this program to build up my endurance and get my feet wet with running. It got me thinking after I got this comment:
Why am I waiting? I know I don’t want to injure myself and running on 250+ pounds can be murder on the joints, but if I listen to my body, stretch, and start slowly there is no reason why I can’t start running. It may even spark something in my weight loss. I know my body has built up an endurance to the Elliptical and it may just give me a little motivation if I know I’m not going to be doing the same boring exercise everyday. So I settled it in my mind: I am going to start running.
I’m not going to lie, that last sentence scares me a little, but I started this journey to try new things and keep it interesting, and that is just what I am planning on doing!
This will be my first week starting a new plan, and since I can’t go to the gym until around 4:00 everyday I need to make sure I have an impenetrable schedule to stick too. It is the only way I will stick with it. Here is what I have come up with for my schedule:
Monday: 20 minute treadmill session. Walk 10 minutes, 6 minutes alternating between running and walking, 4 minute cool down walking. Stretch (btw, I have been a stretching fool these last few weeks, and I am getting quite flexible!). To make up for cardio I am lacking (I am use to doing at least an hour), I’ll hop on the elliptical to burn some extra calories.
Tuesday: NROLFW weight lifting session (I’ll be using this combined with some other moves until I can find a new program for lifting I like)
Wednesday: 20 minute treadmill session, 10 minute walking, 8 minutes alternating between running/walking. Elliptical for remaining time, and stretching.
Thursday: NROLFW weight lifting session
Friday: 20 minute treadmill session. 8 minute walking, 10 minute alternating walking/running. Walk 2 minutes, remaining time on the elliptical, and then stretching.
Saturday: 20 minute treadmill session. Walk 6 minutes then alternate for 12 minutes between running/walking. Remaining time on the elliptical, and then stretch.
I have decided 2 days a week weight lifting will help to improve my skills with running, and I get a lot of satisfaction from it. You may wonder why I am doing all of my miles on the treadmill. I love on a mountain, and I don’t think I can quite take running up and down hills……yet.
Although yesterday I went for a much-needed walk and used my Garmin for the first time!
Don’t laugh at my time, there is only room for improvement!
Oh! One more thing! I did full on planks (not on my knees, but on my toes) last week! I held each one (3) for 40 seconds and then went to my knees for another 30 seconds! This has been a long time in the making considering the entire time I was doing NROLFW I was doing them on my knees!
Good things are happening people, and I can’t wait to report back after my first workout tonight!