Workout Wednesday: Cheating edition
Posted by Lissa on June 16, 2010
Good morning everyone! Here’s a curiosity question — does your spine crack both ways? My middle-to-lower back does. I mean, if I’m standing around for a while and then slowly bend at the waist, my spine emits loud snap crackle ‘n’ pops. The same happens, although not as loudly, if I arch my back or twist from side to side. It’s like a frickin’ Jiffy Pop shaker back there.
Running also makes crackly stuff build up in my spine. It’s not too troublesome while I jog, but as soon as I stop and bend over to stretch, there’s a mini fourth of July celebration coming out of my back. Now all I need is the 1812 Overture . . .
Anyway, like the title says – I cheated yesterday. I didn’t mean to, not really, though I can’t promise I wouldn’t have slowed down. Yesterday’s run was two ten-minute segments of jogging, separated by three minutes of walking. I ran after work, which I never do; my exercise is always second thing in the morning. (The first thing in the morning? Caffeine and blogging, baby.) So I pant my way through ten minutes of jogging, walk three minutes, and doggedly start jogging again. I have a towel draped over the display so that I can’t count the minutes, seconds and heartbeats until the next rest period; I wait as long as I can before peeking at the countdown.
OH JOY! Only 30 seconds left! I’m so happy and so pleasantly surprised – I’d guessed three minutes or more would be left! I finish the half-minute and slow the treadmill to a quick walk . . . only the c25k program didn’t beep. Uh oh. I check the iPhone and — CRAP! — I had three minutes left! Dammit dammit dammit — my desperate mental math hadn’t accounted for the rest period when I thought I was done. Crap.
So I walked a minute and then sped up to jogging again; I completed the last three minutes and ran way faster than normal for the last sixty seconds. Then I keeled over and died.
Coffee has resurrected me. 😉
Songs for this week:
- People of the Sun by Rage Against the Machine
- Ray of Light by Madonna
- What If by Creed
- Chaiyya Chaiyya by Sukhwinder Sigh and Sapana Awasthi (otherwise known as the opening theme to The Inside Man
- Through Glass by Stone Sour
Go hit that treadmill, gym rats!
P.S. I’m running out of songs to share with y’all! And I’m getting a little sick of my current mix. Might have to do some Amazon browsing this week 🙂