living in the now

Still rambling about running. Sometimes other things.

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A great 4-day streak

Tonight I got in 5 running miles (1 with my dog; the other 4 on the treadmill) and 2 more recovery-type miles on the bike. I've put together a good string of workouts in the past four days totaling 15.6 running miles, 10.4 on the bike, 4 walking, 2 on the elliptical machine and 588 steps at work. I plan to continue my streak tomorrow before having a couple of days of taking it easy before this weekend's race.

That new routine

It's funny that three days into this taking-the-stairs campaign how easy it is to forget that I'm doing it. When I left work yesterday, I did my normal routine - I hit the elevator button and got on. By the time it hit the third floor I realized I forgot to take the stairs. Earlier in the day, I took the elevator down two floors for a brief meeting, but when I returned to the fifth floor I took the stairs. It's funny, yet sad, that when I take the stairs up each morning that I'm winded. I'm in pretty good shape and am getting in better shape with training, but there's something about stairs that are odd. I remember when I ran track in high school in the mid-1990s the toughest workouts were always doing the football field bleachers. When I look at people in the gym on the stair-stepper, it looks like that there's no effort put into it ... but now I know there is.

Taking the steps is a bonus. It not time consuming at all, yet I know the benefits will go a long way. Once Stephanie gets over the flu I'll expand the step-taking to lunch. I can't wait to add this all up every month to see how many steps I'm taking.

February Initiative: The Stairs

I work on the 5th floor of  a 5-story building, but I've only taken the stairs once or twice. And that was because the elevator was out of service. Well today I started something I've been thinking about for a while -- I took the stairs this morning and this evening. That's 84 up and 84 down. Right now my goal is to do this stairs in the morning and the evening when I go home. I might add in the steps at my lunch break in a few weeks, but the important thing is that I'm making this change with the hopes of co-workers doing the same. I think of it as a bonus short quick crossing training to kick off the day. Meanwhile, tonight at the gym the treadmill and I had words. And I lost the battle after 2.6 miles. It just wasn't happening. It was one of those nights in which the treadmill was truly the dreadmill. I then got on the Arc for about 10 minutes and then did another 10 minutes on the bike. My hope going into the gym was to run 4 or 5 miles, but I think I thought about it too much. Tomorrow, though, is a different day.