Welcome to the New Blog & Tabata

Welcome to my new blog!!

I’m hoping I have everything set up correctly, but bear with me in case there are still some kinks to work out.  Definitely send me an email if you have any suggestions!  I transferred all of the posts from my Google Blogger blog so you can find all that older content here, but I did notice some of the formatting didn’t completely transfer as well (spacing, bolding, etc.).  So sorry about that!

But let’s get down to business, I have so much randomness to tell you about from yesterday:

Most importantly, the DAYTON FLYERS beat #17 ranked SLU!!  (Sorry to all my SLU friends/cousins.)



Unfortunately, no, I was not at the game.  These photos were from last year’s game that we did go to at SLU.  It was a HUGE win for the Flyers and is now expected that they secured a spot in the Big Dance!

From good news to bad news – I’m still using the snowman mugs.  It snowed again here in Chicago.  It took me 45 minutes to drive somewhere that would normally take about 10 minutes.  Here’s a funny video of WGN reporter Dan Ponce singing “Let It Go, Chicago” – a rendition of “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen.  (Thanks to Catherine for this.)


And due to the snow, back to the treadmill I went.  I got to the Y with time to run 4 miles on the treadmill before a new class I wanted to try called Tabata Camp.  I started on the treadmill at 7.0 and increased by .1 every 2 minutes.  So after 10 minutes, I was at 7.5 (8:00 pace) and kept it there for 10 minutes, then increased to 7.6 (7:53 pace) for 10 minutes, then increased to 7.7 (7:47 pace) for the last couple minutes.  Total run was 4 miles in 32:15, for an average pace of 8:04.

The girl next to me definitely took some Snapchat selfies during her walk.  I imagine whenever I do something weird at the gym, everyone else probably goes immediately to their social media and is like “this girl on the treadmill next to me just … ”  Like on Monday when I answered Angela’s phone call while running.  Or make really excited faces when I solve the Wheel of Fortune puzzle that’s on the TV in front of me.

Anyways, back to the workout.  I really liked the BodyPump class I went to at the Y a few times (even though I haven’t gone in a few weeks now), but I also want to try a few more classes.  I had no idea was Tabata is, so I Googled it first for some background and decided I’d give it a try.  So what is Tabata?

Tabata is a form of high intensity interval training that lasts for 4 minutes.  It is basically 8 30-second segments of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest.  One site I found says to do a different exercise for each 30-second segment, like this:

  • Barbell Squats (intervals 1,3)
  • Pushups (intervals 2,5)
  • Chin ups (intervals 4,6)
  • Sprinting in place (intervals 7,8)

Then, you can repeat for another 4 minutes if you would like.

However, the way we did it in the Tabata Camp class at the Y was a little different.  We did 7 4-minute Tabatas.  Each 4-minute Tabata was only 1 exercise, repeated 8 times for 20 seconds with a 10 second break.  Our first Tabata was cardio and involved doing some kicks.  It seemed so easy and my class was full of almost all adults, so at first I thought this class was going to be too easy for me.  But that thought quickly changed after the next Tabata, which was push-ups.  We used a Swiss ball, which maybe made them a little easy than a regular push-up, but still.  I’m weak and push-ups hurt.  The next Tabata was ANOTHER arm exercise, side arm raises with weights while also lunging.  The 4th was squats.  You could also hold weights if you wanted and raise your arms with each squat, but my arms were beat so I took the “easy” road on this one).

The 5th Tabata was skater steps, which is cardio-ish also, but after those squats it really hurt my legs.  Then the 6th and 7th Tabata were planks and some other type of ab maneuver that I really didn’t feel in my abs, but more in my arms and worked on balance.  I have no balance.  Which is why I can’t do yoga.  No balance, flexibility, or coordination.  So I’m left with sticking to running.

After the gym, I went straight to mass to get my ashes.  I did change out of my sweaty clothes, but hope I didn’t smell too bad for the people that I was sitting next to.  I did not take a selfie of myself with ashes, which I now regret because Catherine sent me this and I didn’t get to participate in #ashtagging. (another article credit to Catherine)

Have you ever done a Tabata class or on your own?

What is your favorite mug?  Mine is my Pennellwood mug, but in the winter I’ve been using the winter-y and Christmas-y mugs.

Do you do anything weird on the treadmill?

8 Thoughts on “Welcome to the New Blog & Tabata

  1. First comment on the new blog site. YES.

  2. I LOVE Tabata! You could do 16 minutes of sprinting tabata. it’s painful. Also, this is me subscribing to your blog.

  3. Hahah the “Let it Go, Chicago” was so, so funny!

  4. bahaha I did not know #ashtagging was a thing! that is hilarious. whoever comes up with this stuff is so clever- I will never be that funny hahaha

    • I wish I knew ahead of time and I probably would’ve participated lol. So clever, and I have to say when I first read the article, I didn’t say in my head as “hashtag ashtag” so it didn’t hit me that it rhymed until I was like half way through it.

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