Thursday, August 5, 2010

Just say NO!

My motto today...JUST SAY NO...TO SUGAR! Whose with me?? :P

Clearly that has been my problem. Sugar, sugar, and more sugar! So when I was offered some delicious round sour cherry balls of sugar today, I declined! Well, I said "maybe later" knowing that they will be all gone later!

So whose with me on the BAS campaign (bloggers against sugar!)?? Let's join hands and sing Kum-ba-ya! How is that spelled anyway? Let me look it up...be right back. Who knew! I spelled it right! I just don't need the hyphens. Kumbaya (also spelled Kumbayah).

Yesterday for my workout, I wanted to go running. It was so humid that I thought I might be in for some trouble. So after reading about intervals (yet again), I decided to try some interval running. I basically would do 2 minutes of jogging followed by 30 seconds of sprinting. I did that for about 30 mins which included 10 sprints. I was sweating like no other when I got done!

But I wanted to work out more than 30 minutes (due to all that sugar), so I decided to ride my stationary bike in my nice air conditioned house for 30 mins of interval training as well. I did the same thing as the running, 2 mins of normal pedaling and 30 seconds of sprinting for a total of 10 sprints.

My whole shirt was soaked! I was sweating more than a normal workout! I know they say you burn more calories when you do intervals like that because your body cools down then works hard again over and over again. I might have to try this more often.

I had decided on the intervals after reading an article yesterday on active.com which gave tips on getting faster while running half marathons (or marathons). It basically said that you don't usually train for a marathon by running fast, your goal when training is just to finish the long run (10 miles, 15 miles, whatever). You don't train for it by how fast you run.

But it said that on race day, people try to race and they aren't prepared for that. So they mentioned that you should train by doing some speed intervals for a shorter distance. This will help you get faster when you run a "race".

It made some sense and I was upset that I didn't "beat" my old time in my half marathon. This might be why. When I train, I just train to finish the run, not race my time. So maybe in order to get faster, I need to incorporate some faster times. It also says to time your splits and yadda yadda yadda. I'm not worried about all that right now. But I definitely liked the interval training.

Do you do intervals when working out?

1 comment:

  1. I have been trying. It's a lot harder when it is hot it seems, but I do try.

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