6/24/07

Elliptical kind of day

Four posts in, and I already might be posting the most boring post ever! I'm never going to keep an audience this way. So if I include this picture, maybe it will at least look more interesting.

I slept in this morning, and by the time I was ready to go out for a run, I realized it was hotter than blue blazes. So I went to the gym to get on the treadmill instead. For some reason I was drawn to the elliptical machine. I've seen the rows of elliptical trainers, always filled with girls who wear expensive, color-coordinated workout clothes. But today all of the machines were empty and I knew I just wasn't feeling like running.

I started out and was shocked at how easy it was! (Do I sound like an infomercial? I think I do). I kept upping my speed, and before I knew it, I had gone two miles. So I decided to finish up four miles. I knew it was a workout, as I was sweating like crazy. My heart rate was up, and I burned around 400ish calories. But I still didn't feel like I had gotten much of a workout. Maybe I'm used to being totally bushed at the end of a run, but I felt kind of "eh" after my time on the elliptical. On the flip-side, my knee felt awesome after I was done - so the elliptical does get a point for that.

After an exhaustive evening of research on the subject I found out that no one could tell me if I got a good workout, but they could tell me that I needed to buy (and SOON) either a treadmill or an elliptical.

So I may try it out again on a cross-train day, but I am looking forward to a good run tomorrow.

3 comments:

Runner Gal Leana said...

Welcome to the blogosphere! What marathon are you running in January? I'll be running my first full in January as well at Disney World - before I turn 30 in May. I'm looking forward to following your blog and your progress!

Leah said...

I will be running Disney too. Well, that is the plan at least :)

Thanks, and good luck to you as well!

Runner Gal Leana said...

Disney - way to go! If you are looking for some moral support from fellow Disney racers it is worthwhile checking out the DISboards at
http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=109
There is a weekly training feed and it is a great place to get some support.