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2011/096: Bonus – wwwp5k Times Two

Whew! I did it! I walked two 5ks today. The first 5k wasn’t too bad…. scored the best treadmill again…. and you should have seen the hill I found! 20% incline! I was in a hurry and walked to the top as fast as possible. I knew I was going to be there for 10k, and I wanted to get it over with.

At the first 5k finish line. Not sure what happened to the time display. The time and calorie displays blink when the treadmill is paused, I guess I caught it between blinks. Took just under 45 minutes to finish. Because I walked faster than the last couple of times, the calories burned (850) were less than at the slower speed, even with the higher incline.

The second 5k were a lot tougher. I wanted to quit every step of the way. I lowered the incline to between 15% and 18% and walked most of it at 16%. I increased the speed from 4.1 mph to 4.2 mph and finished in 90 minutes and 11 seconds. The calories display should read 1627, since it starts over after reaching 1000. One mistake I made was to only bring one bottle of water. It was just enough, but it would have been nice to have two.

OK, I held up my end of the deal, now it’s up to you (pointing at all couch potatoes reading this) to get up and get walking. One mile is easy, I promise!Β  Oh, another great place to walk, is an indoor mall before the stores open, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, or you can’t make it to a gym. Maybe you can get a friend to join you and then go shopping afterwards πŸ˜‰

12 responses

  1. dalia

    WOW!! you are a star!! way to go!!!

    6. April, 2011 at 16:18

  2. Becky Sue

    That is so awesome! Great accomplishment!

    7. April, 2011 at 07:00

  3. Okay, now yer just showin’ off… πŸ˜‰

    I did some research on treadmills (since I workout on an elliptical machine, I am admittedly treadmill illiterate and was curious as to how the two machines compare) and was surprised when several articles came up warning about the dangers of high inclines (like 15% and above) on treadmills. Please be careful!

    7. April, 2011 at 08:43

    • LOL No, I’m not showing off, just trying to motivate some of those couch potatoes to get off the couch πŸ˜‰

      Interesting about the tradmills, was there an explanation of WHY the high inclines are dangerous?

      7. April, 2011 at 10:06

      • The gist seemed to be the following:

        – since environmental factors of an outside hill aren’t there (wind, surface changes, etc), folks tend to push themselves harder on treadmill inclines than they would on a real-world hill.

        – the treadmill incline can’t mimic the varied resistance of a real-world hill (where the incline settles off as you crest the hill and then gradually returns to normal level ground), therefore putting excess strain on knees and joints.

        – too steep an incline can adversely affect your natural gait and proper body alignment.

        And in general with treadmills, “the rearward rolling treadmill decreases the need for your hamstrings to pull your upper body forward; however, your hip flexors have to work harder to control your foot being dragged backwards and in pulling your lower leg forward. A decrease in push off ability (caused by the moving belt) further increases the load on your hip flexors.”

        WOW. Hmmm, all this prompted me to research the dangers of ellipticals and the only one cited is the potential for numbness in feet/toes (I have experienced this on occaision, and only slightly, when I do prolonged workouts > 35 min).

        Hope doesn’t seem all lost for treadmills as the advice when doing inclines is:

        “The best way to make sure that you are safe is to start off on a zero incline and then go to a 3% incline after five minutes and then up to your max incline; however, about five minutes before you’re done with your workout, set your incline level back down to 3% again to allow your muscles to cool down.”

        7. April, 2011 at 10:34

        • I had no idea! I think what most likely leads to this problem is people raising the incline, and then holding on to the bars/handles, and leaning their body back while walking. I do hold on to the bar/handles (because I feel safer that way), but keep my body upright, and I would think that keeps the strain off my hips? I just don’t see the point in raising the incline, if you lean back to walk.

          7. April, 2011 at 13:42

  4. Show off! πŸ˜€

    Great job. I’ve been walking 3 miles or more on a daily basis so I should be more than ready for my 5K on Sunday.

    Interesting info from Tracy regarding treadmills and incline. I’ll have to keep that in mind from now on.

    7. April, 2011 at 14:59

    • Good for you, Robin! Yes, I think you will be ready on Sunday πŸ™‚
      And nah, showing off would be if I told you what my record is πŸ˜‰ Only did it once and I doubt I will ever do it again!

      7. April, 2011 at 15:10

  5. So did any verified couch potatoes take you up on your offer?

    7. April, 2011 at 15:38

    • Deanna said she would try if the weather cooperated. No other couch potatoes came forward (yet!). I’ll give them until Monday, since the official wwwp5k is on Sunday, and it’s probably easier for most people to get out and walk on week-ends.

      7. April, 2011 at 15:41

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