I have discovered HIIT. High Intensity Interval Training. Basically you run as fast as you possibly can for as long as you can and then you stop, catch your breath and repeat until 20 minutes is over or until you die, whichever comes first. :)
Fortunately for me, 20 minutes passed before death came today, but it was a close race. It kicked my BUTT, but I did it!
I read all about it and supposedly you're supposed to get more results from 20-30 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill than 40-60 minutes of walking or running at a steady pace. If I can get more results in less time, sign me up please.
I have no doubt that I accomplished more this morning in 20 minutes than I normally do walking for 45. I was dripping sweat when I was done. I practically had to crawl up the stairs, lol. It felt amazing though, and I DID it!! A few months ago I couldn't do a slow jog for 20 seconds without practically needing medical attention. Most days even now I don't run on the treadmill, I just powerwalk. But today I ran for 20 minutes, with breaks to catch my breath, of course, not straight, but I RAN! I ran like I was headed for the finish line at the Boston Marathon. I ran like bears were chasing me. Of course, I would have been trampled at the marathon and eaten by the bears and I thought I was going to die before 20 minutes was up, but it was awesome! :) I didn't I know I could run! I may not be able to walk for the rest of the day, but this morning I ran.
I rock. :)