Incline Treadmill Interval Workout

Good morning!! I hope you all are doing well and your week started off on the right foot!  I am getting back into the swing of things and fighting those post vacation blues.  Thankfully I have a fun weekend to look forward to in a couple days!  

Today I thought I would take a break from my vacation recap (I have so many more pictures to show you guys) and switch gears a bit.  

If you are anything like me, the treadmill (hamster wheel) can get really boring pretty quickly.  Changing up the incline and speed can help fight boredom and create a more effective workout in the process.  I am guilty of getting into my groove (around 6.5) and running 3-5 miles at that pace, but lately I have been making an effort to change things up.  If we don’t challenge ourselves, we can’t expect change.  That is what I keep telling myself.  

I am not a sprinter.  If I had the choice to run 10 miles at my comfortable pace or 10 sprints all out, I would absolutely choose to run the 10 miles without question.  I like running comfortably.  But I do realize that it is important to step out of my comfort zone and pick it up a bit.  I have creating a lot of different treadmill interval workouts lately that include speeds from walking to all out sprinting and inclines from a flat road to a steep hill.  It has really been a good challenge physically, but also mentally.  Usually when I run on the treadmill, I turn on a show and zone out, but with quick intervals, I am forced to focus because a switch is coming every minute or so.  

Today I have a workout for you that I have done a couple times in the past few weeks.  It is a good one.  Please consult your doctor before starting a new workout routine.  Please note that these are the speeds I do, but please be cautious of where you are at and how much your body can handle.  If a 4.0 walking speed is too fast, bump it down to a 3.0 or 3.5 speed.  If 7.0 is too fast or too slow, adjust accordingly and increase each interval from your starting point.  The incline gets very steep for the last few sprints, so feel free to stop increasing the incline whenever you feel you are at your max.  Make sure to warm up and cool down before and after the workout.  If you include a warm up and cool down, the workout should be around 30 minutes.  It will leave you sweaty and feeling very accomplished!  I hope you will give it a try! 

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Let me know if you give this workout a try!  I will be back tomorrow with another vacation recap!  Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Questions:

  1. Do you prefer the treadmill or running outside?
  2. Would you rather do 10 sprints or run 10 miles?
  3. Do you have a favorite treadmill workout?

Weekend Recap 3.15.16 Part 2

Good morning!!! How is your day going so far?  Good, I hope!  This time change has made me SO tired.  It is crazy to think one hour could make that much of a difference, but I am chugging my coffee today to try to stay awake. 🙂 

My Sunday started off bright and early with a 6 mile treadmill run while catching up on my “trashy” TV shows.  It was nice to have 13,000 steps before 9AM.. might be a record for me (I ended the day with around 23,000)!

Late Sunday morning we headed out to the boat for a little cruise on the lake!  Ofcourse, the pups had to join. 🙂 

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It was such a beautiful day, but a little too windy. Our pups sure do love the boat! 

Sunday afternoon we headed out to the Stockyards in Fort Worth to walk around a bit before our dinner plans.  

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We had never been to the Stockyards before so this was a fun experience for us!  The street is filled with shops and restaurants and horses and real cowboys.  It feels like you are in another country.  SO fun! 

My husband had to wear his cowboy boots so he would fit in. 😉

Me and the hubs before dinner in Fort Worth! 

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We met my husband’s aunt and uncle for dinner at Del Friscos Grille and it was so fun!  I got the kale and brussels sprout salad with salmon… ahh it was so good! I could eat this meal every day (yes, I had salmon 3 nights in a row and might have had leftovers last night for dinner too… I could eat salmon every night).  

After dinner we walked around a bit.  Aren’t the angels so pretty? 

Family picture 🙂

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Downtown Fort Worth is really neat as all the buildings are outlined in lights!  

That wraps up our fun weekend!! Between our busy weekend and the time change, I am exhausted, but so grateful that my mother-in-law came to visit us!  We always have a blast when we are together and this weekend was no different!!  Have an awesome week everyone! 

Questions:

  1. Have you ever been to Fort Worth, Texas?
  2. Do you own cowboy/girl boots?
  3. What meal could you eat every day? 

Weekend Recap 1.4.15

Good morning!! The holidays have finally come and gone… It is always sad when they come to an end, but it is nice to get back to a routine and some normalcy.  Is everyone headed back to work today?

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My Monday morning started bright and early at the gym with you guessed it, a Body Pump class.  I am so so so sore from the class I took on Saturday after not having been to a class in about two weeks.  Needless to say, this morning’s class hurt…like real bad.  

We had a really nice weekend filled with fun and relaxation.  You can see the rest of our weekend in my last posts, but here’s the rest!

More walks with the pups!

Can’t forget Teddy…

Callie and that tongue…

Another beautiful picture my dad sent me of his lakehouse.  Take me back to Tennessee now.

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Sunday morning started nice and healthy with some fresh fruit (pineapple and pears) and yummy smoothies.  This one had mango, pear, pineapple, spinach, frozen berries, and a little bit of orange juice.

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And a little Parent Trap watching on my ipad while editing some photos.

I’m not sure if I have mentioned this on the blog before, but my dog Callie does not like toys.  Not only does she not like them, she is terrified of them.  If you put one in front of her, she will run as far away as possible.  But guys, we made some progress this weekend… we caught her gently playing with this stuffed toy… progress not perfection 🙂

Most of Sunday was spent finishing up taking down our Christmas decorations… so much work.  I told my husband we might not have Christmas next year 😉

Sunday evening, I felt the urge to move a bit (especially since I was SO sore) to shake out my muscles a bit so I headed to my treadmill for a short, easy run while catching up on some shows.

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Loving my new Fitbit with the built in heart rate monitor.

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The yummy pickled veggies.

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The makings of my favorite kale salad… hey, when I like something, I eat it ALOT.  

Topped off the kale salad with broiled tofu and pickled veggies with a side of roasted sweet potatoes.

My cute dad sent me this text.  He is trying to do more cooking at home.  SO proud of him!! (Side note: his name is Dad Nashville in my phone because he lived in Switzerland for about 4 years and had different cell numbers… I should change that now that he is back for good :)).

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After the gym this morning, I whipped a big filling breakfast omelette (1 egg, 4 eggwhites, leftover broiled tofu, topped with avocado).  YUM!

I am off to go pick up a bridesmaids dress with my sister for our cousin’s wedding later this year!  Then I am off to a much needed massage thanks to my hubby! 

Have a great day yall!!!

Questions:

  1. What do you like in your omelettes?
  2. Do you have a Fitbit?
  3. Do you prefer to run on the treadmill or outside?