1 Hour on the Treadmill or Keep Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’
First Time Ever, Major Milestone
I managed to stay on the treadmill at a good pace for 60 minutes last night. That is a first in my lifetime. I have always wanted to say that I could jog, or run, for a full hour. Now I can. I knew I could get it if I pushed myself. Last week I was running outside and hit 40 minutes pretty easily until my Casio G-Shock watch died on me. Stupid watches, that’s why I don’t wear them…
My pace isn’t where I want it to be, but I’ll take it for now. I started off with a pace of 3.2 mph for 40 minutes. I know most folks can walk at this pace, and I can too, but at 318 lbs I think this is pretty damn good. I then did 16 minutes at 4 mph followed by the final 4 minutes at 3.2 mph. I ran a total of 3.5 miles in that time. This is no where near what I am capable of, but man do I feel awesome.
It helps that it was about 50 degrees outside and night time. If it was any warmer I would have sweat way too much (although I love sweating) and the humidity would have gotten in my way (I work in my Shack). I had my protein shake and I ate some shrimp, lettuce, carrots and broccoli for dinner. Overall , it was a great day. I then took a shower and went to bed, exhausted! And no John, the treadmill did not get ruined like your treadmill spontaneously combusted.
Keep Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’
The final 5 minutes were the hardest. I kept wanting to stop but wanted to complete the full hour. I looked at the timer and saw that I was only at 55 minutes! I was devastated because I had calculated that I would be over 60 minutes by now. That’s when Limp Bizkit’s Rollin’ started playing on my iPod!
I immediately got pumped up and fought through the last few minutes. If it wasn’t for the hook, Keep Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’, I would have stopped short of the 1 hour. I remember back to my in-shape days and how I used to time my runs on the treadmill by the song and not by the minute. I would cover up the time and listen to abotu 4 to 6 songs. After the last song I would look at the time and if it was over 20 minutes I would stop.
Why Run for an Hour?
Some may say that being 318 lbs I should not run for such a long time. That it is bad for my knees or that I could accomplish more by sprinting or doing HIIT. I know all of this. But running is something I really enjoy doing. Always have and always will. I have strong legs and knees and don’t fear anything happening (knock on wood…no, really, go knock on wood please).
Running is mental for me. Being able to do what I did last night has helped me in more ways then I can think of. It was more a mental challenge to myself than a physical one. Just imagine what I can do when I am down below 300 lbs? It’s insane to imagine. I won’t be running hour long runs on the treadmill too often, maybe once or twice a week. I have a pretty diverse set of exercises planned out and this is just one of those. So don’t worry about that.
What does this all mean? It means that mentally I have hit a point where I can sustain exercise for a consistent 2 weeks. It means that I can eat a sugar cookie and ice cream one day, and get back on track the next without feeling like all is wasted. It means that I can now successfully lose the weight and be happy. This also means that I can complete a 5K…and enter one of the local ones here in Tampa. That is a goal of mine this year.
And ultimately, it means I’m back!