This morning I could not get out of bed.  I started with my usual routine:  Drank 32 oz of water, made myself some instant coffee (because I am lazy), whipped up the Tone It Up protein pancake and cut myself a 1/2 a grapefruit. (This pic is from last weekend when I substituted the grapefruit for strawberries, YUM!)

After breakfast I brush my teeth and about a 1/2 hour later usually pop in a piece of Orbitz Sweet Mint gum.  When you work from home your kitchen is always open.  The gum distracts me and a recent study did show that a piece between breakfast and lunch helps promote weight loss by minimizing unnecessary snacking.  Let’s hope this puts my day in full swing.

Today is the start of my Urbanathlon training program.  Here is what’s on tap for today.  It’s day 1 of energy system training which is also known in the blogging world as cardio. This program if you choose to follow along with me is designed to prepare me for a 10K at the end of 4 weeks.  At the end of the entire program, which is in mid October, I will be ready for a half marathon.  If you have a half to run in the fall, I strongly encourage you to follow along or run the Urbanathlon with me!  The heart rate chart is based on my fit test results. I’m very nervous for the workout above.  The 3 minute cool down is also part of the recovery interval.  So it’s 5 minutes of “work” followed by a 3 minute recover jog, repeat!  Joe didn’t give me a time frame so I’m going to set my own goal of 4 intervals for a total of 34 minutes.

Also, the deadline to enter your UPC code from Laughing Cow products to donate a $1 to health and wellness initiatives is over in less than a month!  If you have some products in your fridge, go crab the label and enter the codes now! The Life Well Laughed initiative is amazing.  Help them reach their goal of $500,000!

Day 1 of My New Training Program

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  • Jill

    Don’t be nervous -- you’ll do great! Especially after getting such great results back from your fit test. I’ll definitely be following along and joining you for some of these workouts too :) Good luck!

  • Kathleen

    You totally inspired me to get back into interval training/treadmill workouts with this idea. Did this after work today and it was definitely challenging, especially since I’ve been on a yoga kick the past month. I did my 4 “sets” at 9.0 (sprint), 7.0 (run), and 5.0 (slow jog).

    Just curious if you did yours on the treadmill too! Thanks for all the great workout tips & advice. Your site is a wealth of fitness knowledge :)