A New Challenge
Today at rehab, I started a new challenge for myself. In the last several weeks on the treadmill, I've been able to walk almost 20 minutes at 2.5% grade (incline) and 2.2mph. Most of the time, while tired, I felt ok after walking this long. On Friday, after walking up many hills on our excursion to the Falls, I realized that had I never been walking on an incline on the treadmill, I probably would have really been hurting on the way up the hills. I was tired, very tired, but it wasn't terrible. And sooo, I decided today to increase the grade on the treadmill. I put it at 3%, and since it was the first time walking that, I only set the pace at 1.5mph, and was able to manage 10 minutes with no problem. So Thursday, I will increase the speed a notch. I know once I start increasing higher, I probably won't walk as long at first. It'll take time! But, it took about a year for me to get used to the 2.5% grade, so I don't expect to be used to 3% any time soon. Hopefully this new challenge will help me deal with walking in general whenever I have to do it for long periods of time. Maybe, just maybe, it'll even help with a 6 minute walk in the future. Who knows!