On Tuesday after our CardioPump class, TC and I walked up Mt. Nebo on the road. This is a mountain by Arkansas standards -- 1800 feet in elevation. The road is 2.5 miles long with lots of steep switchbacks. Here's my fitbit data for the way up:
Then we rested for 4 minutes and walked down. Here's the fitbit data for the way down:
I'm not surprised the distance was longer walking down because we kept changing sides of the road because of all the steeply-banked switchbacks. But I WAS surprised that I burned more calories going down than up! I'm also chagrined that fitbit doesn't give credit for floors going DOWN as I thought "down" was just as hard!
On Wednesday I was SORE. We walked 3 miles on the road (also plenty of up-and-down, I got 30 floors for that) and later that afternoon I had my Women Run Arkansas running clinic. Earlier I had gotten an email from the coach saying our "homework" was to run from 3-7 miles in one whack. Boy, I knew I was in the wrong group! I emailed her back and said I was going to have to switch groups. I signed up for INTERMEDIATE, where the criteria was being able to run 4 MINUTES at a time. The Intermediate/Advanced group is being run like ADVANCED ONLY, and I just don't want to feel frustrated and behind the entire 10 weeks.
So last night I worked out with Beginning Runner B's and we did 40 minutes of 2 minutes running/3 minutes walking. I was able to complete this without any trouble but trust me, it was still an effort! Since my goal is only to complete the 5K in May without doing any walking, I know I'm with MY PEOPLE!
I feel like something of a quitter/failure for giving up on the intermediate/advanced group, but I truly feel that hiking has to be my #1 priority along with the strength-training classes at the fitness center. TC and I will continue to ramp up distance/difficulty on the hikes to prepare for the Appalachian Trail in May. I only wanted this running group to be a supplement to my other workouts, NOT my main focus. So I did the right thing for ME and I feel relieved.
I have decided I am tooooooo focused on the scale so I am not going to weigh myself until Tuesday, the end of our 5% challenge. TC is still munching on pie and doughnuts, so I have this in the bag, I think.
For those of you who think I play dirty, I have to tell you that TC ALWAYS, ALWAYS ALWAYS has his stash of "snacks" and as he is within 3-5 pounds of his goal weight he is certainly entitled to them. I make very healthy, low-cal meals so he does need to supplement with other sources of calories. He also does a LOT of working outside that I don't do; he's in the process of building a couple of rock walls which entails a lot of hauling of concrete, block, and of course, rock! They are very nice and I think I should take some pictures of them for you to see!
OK, enough for now, gotta finish my green smoothie and get on to the fitness center. Have a great Thursday, everyone!!!