I could have run an extra mile, but that would've taken more time than I had to spend at the gym this morning. However, inspired by the efforts of some great friends who have started exercising this year, I decided to challenge myself this morning. I was still doing the 3, 2, 1 combination, but instead of repeating for five minutes, I would repeat for 8. So the workout ended up like this:
1-2 mins: Walk 4.2 mph
3-10 mins: Run at 6.3 mph for 30 sec, 6.6 mph for 20 sec, and 6.9 mph for 10 sec
11-12 mins: Walk 4.2 mph
13-20 mins: Run at 6.3 mph for 30 sec, 6.6 mph for 20 sec, and 6.9 mph for 10 sec
21-22 mins: Walk 4.2 mph
23-30 mins: Run at 6.3 mph for 30 sec, 6.6 mph for 20 sec, and 6.9 mph for 10 sec
31-32 mins: Walk 4.2 mph
32-35 mins: Run at 6.3 mph
35-40 mins: Cool-down walk decreasing from 4.2 mph to 3.8 mph
I went into the gym feeling tired, generally unmotivated, and wishing for a long vacation. I came out of the gym ready to take on all comers! It's really amazing, the ability that exercise has to lift my spirits and make me feel powerful.
The 30-Day Core Training Challenge for Beginners is ready to go! In case you want in, there's a group over on Facebook called "June has 30 days, y'all". There you can find all the info, and a group of people ready to support each other until everyone's able to hold a 60 second plank.