Wednesday, January 28, 2009

over 3,000 floors!

Two big deals today. I reached $100 of donations and also topped my 3,000th floor. I did a 25 minute workout averaging level 10.8 and got to 148 floors.

total floors = 3,008

We almost went home

Because of the snow no one came to pilates last night. So Beth talked me into a spin class. The instructor was there by himself and did a half hour with us. Great workout that I think will help with step training. I had never "spun" before. Then 2 ladies showed up for Beth's Cicuit training class. Ouch, of course. Before spin class I lifted and ran 2 miles. So I won't add to the floors total but today will be a longer step workout...if I can get my car out of the snow. If I had boots I'd do some Rocky IV training.

Monday, January 26, 2009

level 14

2 days to write about. One the first day I doubled up the Reebok steppers again and did 12 minutes for around 50 floors. On the next day I wanted to see what doing 42 floors on the stairmaster felt like (in under 6 minutes). I had done it in 7 which is level 11. But now I needed to increase it to level 14 for 6 straight minutes. I got the 42 floors in in 5:32 however realistic that is compared to climbing real stairs up a building. I did 3 more floors in the last 28 seconds for a total of 45. 87 floors for the weekend

+ 87

2860 total floors

Friday, January 23, 2009

Off yesterday

Yesterday I rested my legs and worked upper body and went to Beth's Pilates class. This afternoon I'm going to do a tougher legs workout with weights and steps. I did a little research and the guy who won Master the Met last year is out with a hamstring injury for this year. So now it looks like anything under 6:00 will have a chance at first place. I'll need to drop 48 seconds off of my time from last year. I think the step aerobic workout I did in Chattanooga for 15 minutes did wonders, and gave me this cold. I don't know if it was my old asmtha coming back or just the cold air but it's just starting to clear up as the week ends.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

45 minutes

I did 45 minutes on levels 5, 6, 7-9 with ankle weights today. I high stepped them to work on my upper leg fatigue problems. I was told ankle weights are bad for the knees. I suppose I should just hold weights.

2601 + 172 = 2773 floors

2 more sessions

I did a workout on Sunday with 2 of the Reebok steppers stacked on top of each other. I just went up and down them for 15 minutes at a really fast pace (about 90 floors). It made my lungs burn and now I'm sick just like after the race last year. I don't know what induces it. Asthma? It's just a minor cold so I'm still training and carrying on with things. Last night before Beth's 2 classes I did 7 minutes for 45 floors.

2466 + 90 + 45 = 2601 floors

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Training on the road

Today in Chattanooga Dan Swartwout and I went to the YMCA. I did a lot of lifting and then got on their stairmaster for 15 minutes totaling 62 floors. I guess I need to sign up for the Met race now. It's getting near race time, less than 2 months away!

Total Floors = 2466

Monday, January 12, 2009

80 more

I did another 18 minutes yesterday for 80 floors with the ankle weights on. Tonight is a fitness class by the new guy and there could be running in it. My legs are getting stronger but I need to be in better cardio shape (breathing). Perhaps I could do some more running. I wish it would warm up but that's not happening anytime soon.

Total Floors = 2404

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hardest Workout Ever

Yesterday was a Saturday and I felt really motivated. I did 4 super-sets of squats then squats on the (that little half ball thing you have to balance on). 25 squats with weights, and then 25 on the ball, 4 times, then calf presses, leg curls and extensions 3*10. Then I got crazy and strapped on the ankle weights and carried a 10 lb. dumbbell in each hand to the Step master and did 80 floors in 20 minutes. About half way through I realized "I've made a terrible mistake!" but I got through.

2244 + 80 = 2324 floors.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I started my ankle weight training yesterday. They total 5 lbs. between the 2 of them and it wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be so maybe I'll carry dumbbells next time and look like a complete psycho. Not sure what I'll do today. Beth has another pilates class I could go to tonight. That would be 4 classes in a week, 2 pilates, 1 circuit, 1 "bootcamp."

2158 + 86 = 2244 floors

Monday, January 5, 2009

I did the curl workout yesterday and then only 7 minutes of steps to get a race pace started. I'm going to start ankle weights tomorrow I think. Tonight some military guy is starting a boot camp class. Beth is very excited. I'm hopeful it won't be as tough as hers. It'll be weird having her next to me during class instead of teaching it.

2116 + 42 = 2158

Sunday, January 4, 2009

lost 3 lbs.

Yesterday's workout was very tough and I lost 3 pounds from the start to the finish. I did a lot of squats and all of my leg lifts and then 30 minutes on the stepmaster for 140 floors. I should have cooled down some but I was too tired. Today I'll just do arms.

1976+140 = 2116 floors.