New Toys

My day started at 4:44 a.m.  It’s disgusting that I don’t need an alarm to wake up that early.  My brain is just programed to function that way.  Surprisingly, for waking up so early I don’t need to drink boat loads of coffee to get moving.  In fact, I rarely drink coffee.  I told you, I’m strange!

On tap for the workout of the day was a lovely speed workout.  I prefer to do my speed runs on the treadmill.  It’s easy to just program the speed into the console and go.  A track is good, too, but all the ones in my area are covered in snow at the moment.

Here’s what I did:

Miles speed (mph)
0 – 0.5 warm up 6.5
0.5 – 1.5 7.6 (7:54 pace)
1.5 – 2.0 6.8
2.0 – 3.0 7.8 (7:42 pace)
3.0 – 3.5 7.0 – 7.5
3.5 – 4.0 (cool down) 7.0 – 6.5

I think I may need to bump up the speed a little more next time.  During the first 1600 I didn’t feel like I was being pushed.  I increased the speed a bit for the second 1600 and that was a little more challenging.  Next time I’ll start at a 7:42 pace.

It’s amazing what you can get accomplished when you wake at 4:44 a.m.  I had a speed workout in, showered, dressed, refueled, made oatmeal for the kiddos, answered emails, surfed blogs, put a load of laundry in all before 7 a.m.!  Boo-ya!!

New Toys for Tots

It’s amazing what my kids can get into in.  I was in the bathroom, with the door open, for less than one minute and look what I came out to:

Yes, those are tampons or crampons as Ron likes to call them.  The little monkeys were digging around in my purse and found new toys. It was quite funny their reaction to actually getting the cotton part out from the applicator.  Swinging tampons around is very entertaining to a 20 month old.  I should just buy them each a box of Playtex to play with and we’d have quiet time for hours! 

It’s an absolute gorgeous day here in New Hampshire.  60 degrees, blue sky and bright sunshine melting away all the snow we got last Thursday.  Remember this is what I saw last Thursday. We played outside before lunch and we’ll be back out there again after nap time.

Hope the sun is shining where you are!

Where do you prefer to do speedwork?  Treadmill?  Track?

16 comments on “New Toys

  1. I prefer to do speedwork on the treadmill. Like you said, it’s easy to program the speed and go. I don’t care for the track.
    That’s too funny about the tampons. My kids did the same thing! A few more years and I’ll be explaining (to my oldest) what tampons are actually used for……..

  2. I am sure people can do speed work on a track, but I am not one of them. I just started attempting to do an occasional tempo run on the treadmill, because I cannot seem to pace myself at all in open space.

    My kids got into styrofoam once and made “snow” all over the downstairs. I was cleaning it up for weeks. Mentally, I struggle to think “yay! imaginative play!” rather than “why do I even buy you guys toys?” But the kid people say that playing with anything and everything is good for kids. So.

  3. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my blog!

    The pictures of you children are adorable.. it is amazing what they find entertaining :)
    Congrats on your new domain!

    1. Thank you! They are at a really fun age now. We spent over an hour outside today pushing broom and shovels around in the driveway. Only a toddler would find that entertaining!

  4. Crampons?! hah! I am glad to know I am not the only one peering at the clock super early in the morning. My body wakes up at 4:27 almost every morning. I lay there and listen to the coffee pot start to perk and wait for the alarm to ring in 3 minutes. Too funny!

  5. I love speed work on the treadmill, one of my favorite running things to do. That is funny about the tampons! My son, who is two now, used to think they were candy or some sort of treat – not good! :-)
    We had a gorgeous day here, too down in CT. Soaked it all up!

  6. Hi there. My treadmill is a dinosaur! Think it might be time to invest in a new one. I would much rather be outside running but I am considering a new one or a gently used one. Can you tell me what kind of treadmill you have?

  7. I’m so impressed that you’re a morning person… I really want to be, but then I just feel wiped out for the rest of the day! I get a surge of energy at night and try not to stay up too late, but I can’t get myself to bed early enough for a 5am wake up call. Great job on the speed work… I can’t wait to be running again! And the tampons are hilarious! Who needs toys?

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