Another New Walking Routine

Alright, we’re just about back to some regularly scheduled blogging…WOOO!

Well, even though we’re back to regular blogging, I think my body is still working on getting back to its regular routine. While I’ve thoroughly been enjoying my early Monday morning BodyCombat classes the past few weeks, my body was just not havin’ it today. I was prepared and laid all of my stuff out last night, but as soon as the alarm sounded, I immediately shut it off and went right back to sleep.

The sleep was much needed…and I believe I am now a happy camper because of it. You’re welcome, anyone who encounters me today.

So since I never made it to class this morning, and had taken the weekend off from any sort of exercise (unless you count raising a wine glass), I needed to get my sweat on. I decided on a slightly modified version of the 5-4-3-2-1 Treadmill Run, which was actually the longest distance I’ve run (and even had the desire to run) since the beginning of July! It felt gooooooood.

Mid-run, I started thinking of ways that I could modify this routine into a walking one. I had such a great response from many of you on the last walking treadmill routine I gave you all, that I figured I’d do another one. So, here you go!

5-4-3-2-1 Treadmill Walk

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As always, feel free to adjust the times to best suit your own speed. For some of my shorter-legged friends out there, the 4.6’s may be too speedy for you. But give it a try, and see what works best!

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Lunch

I don’t care if today’s lunch gives me tummy troubles. I was craving veggies in a bad way this afternoon!

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I made up a simple salad, filled with:

  • spinach
  • fresh cherry tomatoes (from my friend’s garden)
  • cucumbers
  • hard boiled egg white
  • bread and butter pickles
  • leftover bbq chicken (don’t worry, it passed the eyeball and sniff test with flying colors)
  • honey mustard (for the dressing)

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I don’t think I’d ever tried just regular honey mustard as a dressing on my salads, but I will say that I think I’ll do it again. I liked it!

And can I just talk for a second about the tomatoes? I mean, I love tomatoes all year round, but once they’re finally in season AND fresh out of a homegrown garden? Oh gosh…it doesn’t get much better than that!

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Now it’s time to head to the grocery store so we can get some more food up in this house…I’m out of bananas. Imagine the horror?!?

Question for the Afternoon:

Okay, I’m curious…what is your average “walking speed” on a treadmill? Say, what do you walk at comfortably, and what is your absolute max?

If you want to, throw your height in there too so we can compare! (Remember, it’s a No Judgment Zone here!)

Comments

  1. says

    Hehehe I am 5′ 2.25″. Yessss that quarter of an inch matters a lot!!! My max walking speed is like 4.2, after that I’m basically tripping over myself :) I use ketchup a lot as a salad dressing, it is sooooo good, maybe I’m just not a huge mustard fan!

  2. Amanda says

    I’m 5’9″ with long legs and I’d say 4.7 or 4.8 would be my max, but once it gets to that point, I’d rather just bump it up and run!

  3. says

    thank you once again!! I am heading to the gym in about a half hour and think I may have to try this one out. And you are right, I am just under 5 feet with short legs and 4.6 is running for me! A fast walk for me is 4.3 or so!

  4. Whitley says

    i’m 5″1 so 3.5 is a good walking speed for me..haha! when i run, i run at 5.0, 5.5 max…if i go up to 6.0 i fear i might fly off!

  5. says

    I love home grown tomato sandwiches! They are soooo juicy and fresh tasting!

    I am 5’6″ and can walk at 4-4.2 max without holding on…I have never really tried to walk any faster, but imagine it wouldn’t be pretty!

  6. Jen N says

    I’m 5’6″ and my max walking speed right now is 4.0, but I could probably go to 4.2, if I really pushed it. (That’s a huge improvement for me because I used to jog at 4.0) :)

  7. Lindsay says

    I’m 5’1 and I go about 4.9 or 5…I look a little silly with my arms a pumpin, but it gives me a great workout!

  8. says

    I’m laughing at your banana comment…I swear, I’m always either out of them and going nuts because I need one or I have a bunch getting brown on the counter and can’t find a way to use them. It’s never just right!

    I’m 5’5″ and I would say my comfortable speed is 3.5, with 4.0 being my “workout” speed. My max is between 4.5 & 4.7.

  9. says

    I’m 5’5″ and my “go-to” walking speed has always been 4.0. If I want to light jog, I’ll do 5.0, and “running” is anything 6+ for me. But that’s just my way of viewing it & what’s best for myself!

  10. Katie says

    When I do walking intervals, my typical speed is about 4.4 or 4.5 mph. I think I did 4.6 once when I tried to add some extra distance on my workout (I’m sure that .1mph made a HUGE difference, right?!). Much faster than that and I consider myself jogging. I’m pretty leggy since I’m 5’8″…ready for this…I wear “long” or “tall” in pants, and “petites” in dresses! I’m a freak like that.

    • elysie says

      You know I may have to try on a petite in dresses. They never (!!!!) fit me! I have tried on hundreds of dresses in all styles and they’re usually too big on top for me. I’m 5’8″ too and a normal weight so I’ve never understood why it’s so hard to find a dress that fits.

  11. says

    Yay I am excited to try this one out! I have been on a walking kick since I have been on a workout hiatis, the last one kicked my butt though! And thanks for the “short leg” shout out, I always have to slow them down a little or else I am sprinting haha

  12. Sam says

    I’m 5’3, but I have a long torso and short legs, so a comfy speed for me is about 3.5. I have been doing your sweaty mess walking routines and when I get to the 4.somethings, I feel like I look rediculous trying to keep up! But it’s a great workout, and I truly am a sweaty mess when done!

  13. Maria says

    4.0 if there is something good on tv. 4.5 if I’m motivated to speedwalk. Any faster than that and it becomes easier to run. I’m 5’6″ btw.

  14. says

    It depends on if I start walking first thing comfortable speed for me is about 4.0 but if I’m recovering from a hard run then it could also be 3.8. I can walk pretty fast though and still be comfortable so i’d say my max is 4.5 or maybe even a little higher. I’m 5’8 or 5’9 !

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