Max Out

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What is your max out point with workouts? I don’t mean how fast you can run or how much you can bench press – I mean, at what point do you emotionally max out?  My max out time for a treadmill is 3.0 miles… maybe 4.0.  If I’m running outdoors, I can go forever (well… you know what I mean).  I just get so antsy inside.  On the elliptical, I’m done at 30 minutes.  In the pool, if it’s set up for the short course, I start to get antsy by 1000 meters if I’m lucky.


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Today, I hit my emotional max out point in the pool at 0.5 mile.  I had my swim buddy with me – DadHTP – but we’re both trying to work back up to longer distances…. I just felt spent too soon.




Really, really into Rice Chex lately.  With blueberries and almonds.


Ready, set, Friday!



  • Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride April 27, 2012, 10:42 am

    Anything after 40minutes – on a treadmill or in a pool just seems to long! I can easily take a class for an hour, but on my own 40 minutes seems to be the max.

  • judi April 27, 2012, 10:46 am

    Random comment alert:
    So I was walking down the grocery aisles yesterday when something caught my eye in the cereal row. A small box with a funny little panda on it! Panda Puffs! I said out loud, “Hey…those are HTP’s ex-favorite things ever”, my fiance looked at me, very confused, and said….”Okay? Get em?”. SO I did and holy goodness are they delicious. I’ve never seen them or had them but now I’m hooked. So…thanks! 🙂 You’re sick of em and I’ve just begun! Heh!
    Happy Friday!!

    • CaitlinHTP April 27, 2012, 10:47 am

      hahaha awesome comment. just don’t OD on them or you won’t ever be able to enjoy them again!!!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 27, 2012, 10:51 am

    Mmm, Chex are a great way to chage up your cereal routine – I usually only buy them for my super sweet chex mix recipe, though!

  • Hillary April 27, 2012, 11:04 am

    I max out on the elliptical at 25 or 30 minutes, and on the stair master at 15. I can stay on the treadmill for a shockingly long time!

  • Mer April 27, 2012, 11:07 am

    I went through a rice chex with raisins phase. So dang good!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 27, 2012, 11:16 am

    Ugh, the treadmill is definitely 3 miles max out. I think an hour of working out (with the exception of walks outside, cause I could do that forever) is 1 hour. I love rice chex! Corn chex is my favorite though. I love the salty kinda sweetness they have. Have a great day Caitlin!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB April 27, 2012, 11:28 am

    I do most of my training on the treadmill, but after about 90 minutes (sometimes 60) I get a little apathetic. Lately spinning has been my issue- at 20 minutes I’m over it.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb April 27, 2012, 11:34 am

    i max out super early on indoor cardio machines. elliptical or treadmill is 30 minutes MAX. and that’s pushing it. but, i agree, i could go “forever” outside!

    sometimes simple rice chex are just what the doctor ordered 🙂

  • Faith @ For the Health of It April 27, 2012, 11:39 am

    I used to be a treadmill-only runner, but the more I run outside, the more insuffrable the treadmill seems! Two miles is doable, three miles is pushing it…beyond that is just death.

  • Jo April 27, 2012, 11:57 am

    I max out really easy on the eliptical or other in-place treadmill/bike-type machines, especially if I don’t have really good music or a movie or something. But running outside, especially in the scenic parks of Brussels only has a physical max-out. Same with swimming, if it weren’t for muscle cramps, I’d swim and swim and swim.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 27, 2012, 12:22 pm

    That cereal looks so good! And I get maxed out on ellipticals around 20-25 minutes, I have to switch around machines or make up games to keep me going!

  • Amber K April 27, 2012, 12:46 pm

    Definitely 30 minutes on the elliptical. Although my gym actually has two different kinds and I can do 20-25 on one, hop off and onto the other kind and do another 20+ minutes.

  • Joanne April 27, 2012, 2:26 pm

    I think .5 in the pool is great considering how far along you are. This time next year, 1000m will be cake. 🙂 Speaking of…happy belated b-day! 🙂

    Living in the NE, you have to train yourself to endure the treadmill if you like to run. It’s boring, but you get it done.

  • Army Amy* April 27, 2012, 2:31 pm

    I hear ya, my treadmill tolerance is dismally low. When I’m outside, if I get in the zone, I can just keep on going. Standing in one place just doesn’t do it for me.*

  • Jen April 27, 2012, 2:38 pm

    Just catching up on posts now–happy belayed birthday!!! Hope it was amazing!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well April 27, 2012, 2:39 pm

    I think it’s great that you’re continuing to stay active in your pregnancy. Great job!

  • AJ April 27, 2012, 6:50 pm

    Elliptical max point 20 minutes, treadmill 30, stair climber 10 at most, rower 10, running outdoors about 90 minutes and my feet tell me it’s over. Caitlin your blog is wonderful, it really stands out among the multitudes, thanks for writing!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 27, 2012, 7:04 pm

    I can do almost an hour on the treadmill… but I max out after only 10 minutes on the elliptical! The movements just seem so unnatural to me, so I have a hard time doing it for long periods of time!

  • Kath April 27, 2012, 9:37 pm

    Chex look so good!!

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