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.


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
There is a weekly training feed and it is a great place to get some support.