Thursday, October 13, 2011

One Tabata, Two Tabata, Three Tabata, Floor

When I was in 9th grade, I was recruited by my Earth Science teacher to go out for track. He'd remembered that I was a decent sprinter back in 6th grade, and he was looking for more sprinters for the track team. I informed him that I'd never had any proper runner training, but he was insistent.

The first day of practice, I thought I was going to puke and ended up having to get driven home in the paddy wagon. How embarrassing. After the first week of practice, I had shin splints so badly, I was immediately put on the Injuries List. I didn't mind, though, because it meant I didn't have to run as much as the other team members.

I ended up placing last in both races of the first and only meet in which I ran. Running is not my friend.

So I have no idea why I even attempted the 2nd Week of Fitmas this week.

This week's challenge was two tabata sprint intervals. We were given three options to choose from. Basically, a tabata is a series of exercises designed to increase in intensity, while decreasing in rest period times. I selected the "progressive hill / speed interval workout made for the treadmill." (Note the word "speed" in the description. I should've known better.)

Last week, I did the Fitmas workout at a fast walking pace because of asthma and knee issues. This week I decided to disregard both (major) concerns and give it my all.

I thought I was going to die.

Here's the workout.





0 6.0-7.0 1 2:00 :30
5 3% 6.0-7.0 1 1:30 :30
5 3% 7.5 1 1:00 :30
5 3% 8.0 4 :45 :30 :20 :30
1 8.5-10.0 4 :30 :15 :30
0 10.0-12.0 4 :15 :05 :15
0 6.0-7.0 1 2:00 DONE!

While I didn't completely fail, I didn't do the workout as it was written. Why? Because I thought I was going to die. What I actually DID is in red text.

My asthma kicked in when I got the 8.0 sprints. When I stopped sprinting after 30 seconds, my heart rate was up to 180 beats per minute. WAAAAAY too high! I took a longer rest period to get my heart rate back down to the 150 zone.

I have to admit, it did feel good to sprint again, even though I nearly flew off the back of the treadmill a few times (I'm totally not used to anything above 5.0 mph). I'm proud of myself that I even attempted the workout, even though I won't be doing another tabata, as the challenge suggests.

I'm not happy to say that my shin splints came back full force. I blame it all on 9th grade track.


  1. I will swear up and down that I HATE running, but truth is when I do, like you, it sort of feels good. Not good enough to make me want to do it again but good none the less. I hope your shins feel better asap, that is no fun. Great job.

  2. Kari, I have to tell you that it pleases me to no end that you and I seem to have the same experiences when it comes to running. I'm going to try the treadmill tabatas tonight but we'll see what actually happens. [for me it's] exercise-induced asthma is a real killjoy sometimes.

  3. Kari, I have suffered from really bad shin splints too, which then turned into developing severe knee problems. I stopped running at the beginning of the year, but have just started getting back into it over the last couple of weeks. My advice to you is to take it easy! If your body isn't used to running, going all out isn't going to do anything except injure yourself! I've been limiting myself to 10-15 minutes on the treadmill at a time, and have only just started trying some light intervals again.

  4. Kari, you're awesome! Hope your shins recover soon!

  5. Oh my gosh you make me laugh! I love the story about track, that's just great. Awesome job with the tabatas, I totally love to hate them. I feel phenominal when I'm done!

  6. I'd blame it on 9th grade track too! Meh, running isn't necessary with body building. And why continue something you don't love? I say stick to what you like!

  7. I love to hate them too. Love them when they are done and hate them while they are doing. I say you get a gold star for accomplishing what you did.

    Next week of Fitmas = no running. hah! :D

  8. The word "running" sends a shiver down my spine... and sends me 'running' in the other direction. Give me a max incline, high-speed walk or stair climb any day.

  9. Tonight's workout is 100% Tabata

    Bike sprints in between Burpees, Swing Snatches, Shuffle Lunges and Band Chest Presses

    8 Tabatas and a giant puddle o' sweat