Plan: 5 minute warm up walk, then alternating 60 seconds of running with 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes, 5 minute cool down walk. Repeated on three days.
Day 1: Ran on the treadmill, 186 calories burned, distance…?
Day 2: Ran outside, 295 calories burned, about 2.15 miles
Day 3: Ran outside with a friend, 306 calories burned, about 2.15 miles
1.Run outside whenever possible. Seriously. Check out that calorie difference! An extra 100+ calories in the same amount of time? Yes, please. Apparently, I am a weenie when it comes to treadmill speed. I can run faster than I set the treadmill speed, but I err on the slower side since I truly hate it when your legs need a break and the treadmill’s still going. Nobody likes feeling like a hamster on death row. Outside is much better – I go whatever speed I please, which often turns out to be faster than I think it will be. (Plus: outside is infinitely more entertaining.)
2.A little rain won’t kill ya. On day 3, we ran in some serious rain. We were drenched! We thought about calling the whole thing off…but we’re training for a mud run. If a little rain is too much for us, we’re in the wrong game. So we ran. Kept us nice and cool, even if we did look like a pair of drowned rats at the end.
3.Long pants + wet weather = unexpected ankle weights. Since it was coldish and rainy on day 3, I wore regular pants instead of capris. I squished so loud by the end you could hear me coming from a mile away, I swear. I’m lucky they didn’t fall off. (So is everybody else that was running that morning, man.)
4.Shoes make the run. Days 1 and 2 were run in old running shoes I had lying around from years ago. Day 3 was in shoes professionally fit at the running store, and it made a world of difference. Not only was I more comfortable during the run, I was much more comfortable after the run – I could definitely tell my knees were happier. Seriously, don’t fear the running store.
5.Use the buddy system. I burned about the same amount of calories on days 2 and 3, but day 3 (running this time with a friend) was much easier. In fact, I was surprised when I looked at my heart rate monitor and saw that we’d passed the 300 calorie mark. A little chatter, a little gossip, some calories burned: good times.