What better day than Valentine's Day to do a little cardio workout? With that thought in mind I scrambled down the stairs to the beloved treadmill, strapped on the heart rate monitor and iPod, and started walking. I did a five minute warmup walk, and then I experimented around. I wound up at 3.3 mph at an incline of 7%, which for 12 minutes kept my heart rate at 150 or 151. I was listening to music and watching the monitor and yes - it was either exactly 150 or exactly 151 for twelve minutes straight. Then, it crept up a bit to 154 so I reduced the incline to 6%. Every now and then I'd bump it back to 7%. I kept my heart rate between 146 and 154 for a total of twenty minutes. Then I did a cooldown walk and got off of there. I was on the treadmill for a total of 40 minutes.
According to Wikipedia, Valentine's Day is named after several notable, martyred Christians. And of course we celebrate this by giving flowers and confectionery to people we'd like to know a "whole lot better". Being as romantic as I am handsome, I took the wife and kids to a Mexican restaurant for lunch.