Thursday, July 5, 2012

WILT...Interval Training

Happy 2nd Monday of the week!!

So-back to What I Learned This...Interval Training session. In meeting my new goals I did Run #2 tonight. I thought it would be good to add some speed work to try and increase both my cardio threshold and my PR for my next 5k. Plus, don't we all get a little bored just running sometimes? Especially on a treadmill-blah!

But first, I was also pretty successful in the clean(er) eating today. I started with some pumpkin overnight oats (they do not make for a pretty picture!), and had a chicken-cranberry salad for lunch. I even caved and bought a candy bar...but ate only ONE bite. The hubs calls that sandbagging, but it'll be there waiting for me when I want just one more bite. On another day.

I still haven't eaten dinner, but I'm thinking scrambled eggs with spinach, feta and salsa?

Ok, back to the interval training and what I actually learned...tonight I did the following treadmill workout:

5 minute warm up walk
Intervals (3x through)
90 sec @ 7mph
30 sec @ 4mph
60 sec @ 8mph
60 sec @ 4 mph
30 sec @ 9mph
90 sec @ 4mph
7 min @ 6mph
5 minute cool down walk
3.06 miles, 35 minutes

I don't really know if this counts as HIIT (high intensity interval training) but who really decides what is high intensity if not the person training? So-I vote yea as my legs were on fiyah! I didn't wear my heartrate monitor so I don't know how many calories I burned but I do know that through the interval portion, even with walking in between, it worked out to just over 10 minute mile pace. But I was WAY more scorched than if I had just run that pace for 18 minutes!

Basically I learned that HIIT=a huffing puffing good time workout :-) And that it will make it's way in to my rotation on a regular basis.

Some random fun pics-G and I went 'swimming' on the 4th of July. Babies in swimsuits is just too cute not to share! And I think I figured out some sort of pic ture collage that works better. Now bring on Friday!!


  1. Your salad looks AMAZING! You did great today!

    Love your workout. One of these days we'll get a treadmill at home, but for now, it's the pavement at 6am or the gym for what little bit is left of our contract.

  2. Great job, Jess! Keep it up!!