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Elf for Health - Wednesday's Challenge
Wednesday's challenge was to name three things you loved about yourself. I loved this challenge because I think women in particular are so likely to be hard on themselves, especially their physical appearance. It's important to remind ourselves that there is beauty in each one of us!
So... first thing I love is my eyes. They're multicolored -- brown, blue, and green. My eyes are my favorite facial feature. I almost always wear mascara because I think it makes them pop. Seriously, I'll have no other makeup on, but I need some mascara. Second thing I love? My legs. For the longest time I hated my legs because that's where I tend to store fat, but over the past year, as I've realized all they're capable of and felt them grow strong with muscle, they've become one of my favorite parts of my body. Finally, I love my positive attitude. I try to keep a smile on my face as much as possible and "reframe" negative occurrences to figure out what's good in them.
It's interesting because I think a year ago I would have had a lot more trouble coming up with a list, especially including anything physical. However, a year of working out and running has made me love my body so much more, and not just because it's tighter and more toned -- it's because I know what it's capable of doing! It's incredible what a positive impact exercise has had on my life, both physically and mentally.
Basic Treadmill Speed Work
I've been committing to speed work since I started training for the New Year's Eve half-marathon, and I'm going to keep this commitment up in 2013 since one of my biggest goals is to get faster. So far it's been working and I want to keep the progress going!
This is the basic speed workout I've been doing to increase my speed, in addition to a spin class once a week. I've been doing it on a treadmill since I have some asthma-like breathing issues when I go my fastest pace in the cold.
FYI: I wrote .25 miles rather than 400 meters because it's easiest to track on a treadmill. 400 meters is actually 0.2485 miles, but I assume you won't be angry that I rounded up and added an extra .0015 miles.
Obviously feel free to adjust this to suit your current speed! For me, 6-6.5 mph is a comfortable pace that allows my breathing to return back to normal. For you, that might be 5 mph or 8 mph. Similarly, the high speed should be something that makes you think you'll probably die before finishing the 400m. (I recommend stretching out your fingers then putting one down for each .01 mile once you are .15 miles into your quarter mile -- it really helps the distance go faster somehow!)
For an added challenge, you can increase the high speed for each interval. I typically go from 8.5 to 8.6 to 8.7 and finish with an interval at 8.8 before cooling down.
Do you do speed work, and if so, what workouts do you do? What are three things you love about yourself?