Monday, April 27, 2015

Revel Ready Challenge - Cardio

A few days ago I shared that I am starting my Revel Ready Challenge. Yesterday, I talked about the nutrition component. Today, it's Cardio.

First, I'll say this. I consider myself a runner. I have finished six full marathons, for pity sake. I've earned that title. But I'm also being honest with myself about my current fitness level. And that means I need to build myself back up to a healthy weight if I expect to run the distance and pace I was at a year ago.

I have a plan to log sixty miles over thirty days. That's combined, and it involves a few longer days and a few rest days. And I plan to run some of those miles and walk the rest. And I'm just fine with that.

For anyone reading along and feeling like, "I'm just a walker, so I can't lose weight," you are mistaken. Here's why:


See? Both of those numbers were calculated based on my age, height, and weight. I entered a four mile distance and one hour for walking and thirty minutes for running. (Since that is the time it would take to cover four miles at those two speeds.)

Yes, running burns more calories. But walking the same distance (over a longer time period) burns nearly as many. And walking definitely burns more calories than sitting on the couch, so there's that.

Anyway, I share all of that to explain that I am committing to the sixty miles but not sure yet how many of those I will run and how many I will walk. And I'm perfectly fine with that. When I'm out on the road and I feel like running, I will. And I may add some more miles, too. But the sixty WILL be done.

It's not a lot for a dedicated runner. But it's a good amount of miles to get me back on track. And that's the plan.

* Also, a late addition to the plan. Looks like I am now heading to Indianapolis this weekend to run the Indy Mini Marathon. It's a chance to reunite with last year's Sole Mates (along with additional family and friends). I'm not trained to run a half marathon right now, but I don't care. I'm going to get out there on the course, enjoy the time with my friends, and get those miles done if I have to crawl across the finish line.

Plan. Commit. Train. That's what I'm doing now.