minutes per mile blog

breaking bad & coming home

I don’t want to discourage you from reading, but I’ll be honest and tell you there’s not much to report.

Anthony and I arrived back in DC during the wee hours of the morning. Our long journey had three highlights. One, seeing this guy that looks exactly like Jesse from Breaking Bad.
IMG_0062See what I mean?jesseSpeaking of TV, second was watching 2.5 episodes of Homeland on the plane and during our layover. So addictive!

Third was eating a mountain of PinkBerry frozen yogurt with a big ole cookie on top. Since I look half asleep in this photo the entire experience could have been a dream. Actually I hope it was because that would mean I didn’t spend $7.58 on ice cream. Actually I hope it wasn’t because ice cream and all desserts are priceless and this was the greatest investment I ever made.P1000869Speaking of outrageous investments, wedding planning continued over the weekend. We tackled venue, church, music, lighting, furniture, dress alterations, stationary, and a million other things over the weekend. My favorite was meeting with potential caterers because that meant… LOTS of barbecue!P1000863We are thinking of doing a Southern-style menu. When I saw a company named Bacon & Caviar Catering, I knew that they were right up my alley… and their food was so good!P1000867-001Random, but I much prefer mac ‘n’ cheese when it has shell noodles rather than elbow noodles. I think it brings back memories of when my mom made Velveeta shells and cheese growing up.

Since this post hasn’t provided any useful information so far, let’s talk about high-intensity interval training (also known as HIIT).

Yesterday I came across this article from Greatist and thought it was super interesting. Some scientists just did a study where they compared two groups of people: one that did endurance training (40 to 60 minutes of cycling five times per week) for six weeks, and one that did HIIT (four to six repeated 30-second “all-out” sprints on bikes interspersed with 4.5 minutes of low-intensity cycling, three times per week) for six weeks. What did they find?!

“HIIT and endurance training were equally effective at helping decrease the risk of heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes.”

So if you’re short on time or hate endurance training, the good news is you can still be healthy as long as you go all-out for 20 minutes a few times a week. Score!

I wouldn’t say my run yesterday was a 20-minute high-intensity one, but it was more intense than usual. I randomly felt like running on a treadmill so I joined Anthony at the gym.IMG_0061Treadmills can be terrible, but one thing they’re good for is speedwork. I started out slow for the first half mile and increased my pace by 0.1 every half mile until I reached a 7:30 pace. A lovely recovery mile at the end, and I felt empowered and very sweaty after six miles!

As for today, we are keeping it very low-intensity because we got about 5 hours of sleep and are too depressed that we had to leave Tennessee to do much of anything. Luckily my mom packed a bunch of snacks in my suitcase so I have something to look forward to.

  • Do you do HIIT workouts?
  • What kind of menu did you have at your wedding?
  • What do you do to stay happy on the treadmill?