Today’s workout (elliptical): 25 minutes
I spent much of yesterday at doctor’s offices. My appointments were routine (annual physical, etc.) but the process, especially the waiting, can be exhausting. I was glad I ran in the morning because the rest of the day was understandably sedentary. I asked my doctor about an article I’d recently read that said running could pose increased risk to the heart. I wasn’t that concerned because the greater risks were with higher mileage, performance focused athletes. My doctor is a nationally ranked cardiologist and I trust his opinion over a newspaper columnist’s. He flatly dismissed the risk and said “running is the single best thing you can be doing for your health.” That’s good enough for me.
I followed my usual schedule this morning and did 25 minutes on the elliptical machine. It was hot and humid but I didn’t mind it much today. I selected a higher than normal level of resistance and was able to maintain my usual pace even with wattage output close to 100 (vs my usual 80). I was well soaked when I stepped off the machine but I felt I’d worked as hard (or harder) as I do on my daily runs. It’s nice to engage different muscles and to include my upper arms for a change. That’s why I devote one day a week to the elliptical. I should probably use it more frequently but if the choice is between running and the elliptical machine it’s rare that I’d choose the latter. I’m hoping to run tomorrow but we’re hearing that Earl will come close to Long Island tomorrow and (hopefully) move well off shore by late Friday night. If conditions aren’t good I may end up on the elliptical tomorrow after all.