Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Climb the Ladder

Today's Interval Ladder

As I drove to the gym on training Day #9, I mentally prepared myself for a tough workout (last week's intervals were near torture!)  It's my first time doing a ladder interval, workout sessions where you increase/decrease distances and/or paces.  After an easy 2 mile warmup around the track, I switched to the treadmill and got to work.  Four interval steps to the top, and then back down with 400m rest intervals... It's not easy, but I DID IT!!  The 1200m was tough to hold on to, but I visualized the previous finish lines I crossed.  Just when you think you're completely tapped, somehow you find more in the tank... Where do you go for that "extra fuel"??

After a 1 mile cooldown, I got in a good stretch session with some stomach crunches.  I feel great, legs are stable... Interval workout a success!  
TOTAL:  8.25 miles in 1 hour 20 minutes.

Tuesdays are my weigh-in day. After all that work this past week, I'm exactly where I stood on the scale last week.  I'm sure the Friday pizza and Super Bowl snacks/beer didn't help... Today starts a new week.

Up Next (Wednesday):  XT - Spin class followed by weights.


  1. Jess, You are doing great on your training. Keep up the good work.

  2. Way to show that ladder who's boss! I skipped week 17, so it sounds like I missed out. Why didn't you run the ladder on the track? Do you prefer the treadmill? Any thoughts?

  3. I use the treadmill on sprints just to keep my pace where it's suppose to be (I slack otherwise!). Plus at my gym on weekday mornings, there are a LOT of older people walking... gets a little dangerous for all when I pick up the pace. Once it warms up outside, the high school down the street lets me use their track... although I find that so boring by myself.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Always nice to find another Packer fan who runs :)

    I noticed you did Fox Cities...any plans to come back? Nice job on the ladder intervals!

  5. Nice job! I haven't done a ladder workout since high school (which my husband reminds me was over 20 years ago)! Keep it up!

  6. Awesome job on the ladder workout!!! I am like you, when I have to do speedwork I like the treadmill because it keeps me on pace :) Keep up the great work!

  7. That is one heck of a workout! Nice job! :)

    I picture finish lines when I run. Namely, I picture the finish line of my next race, and I know that what I'm doing right at that moment is helping me get to that finish line and the moment there when I'll have achieved my goal. :)

  8. YOU did great on your run! I'm so glad we are using the same approach--it's fun to see feedback on the workout!


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