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High Five Friday

High 5 Friday January 15 2016  happyfitmama.com

Happy High Five Friday!

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5 From Instagram

1. Run. Breathe. Stretch. Repeat. Words to live by.

2. My nightly ritual – journal of the days workout, planning for the next day.

3. Wild Thing!

4. Handstand progress. It’s funny that it totally surprises me when I can hold it for 2.2 seconds. I fall out of it because it’s such a shock!

5. Crazy winds. Pouring rain. Longest run since April. Soaked but very, very happy!

5 Things

1. NASA’s Latest Class of Astronauts is 50% Female  –  Truthfully, space scares the living daylights out of me. I have no interest in ever going into space. And don’t get me started on aliens. But this is pretty cool. Would you want to go to Mars?

2. Why Running Isn’t Everything – I absolutely loved this post from Tina. While injured I felt lost and not like myself. I thought running defined who I was. In reality, I learned that it was just a part of me. I could survive without running. I didn’t (don’t) want to, but it can be done. I am still me without it.

3. Small Changes You Can Make to Improve Your Life – There is SO much negativity, high anxiety and just overall harshness in the world right now. It feels like I get slammed from every direction almost every day. This list is a good reminder that there is good out there and all it takes is one person being the good that we’d all like to see more often to start a change.

4. You Are The Sky – I saved this post back in December. I love it to pieces. How many times have you looked in the mirror and seen your faults rather your strength? I know I’m guilty. “You are the sky–don’t obsess over the weather.”

5. Terrible, Quick Jokes That Will Get You a Laugh on Demand – I was chuckling the whole way through this. “Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl go to the bathroom? Because the “P” is silent.” Hahaha!

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Find Your Speed on the Treadmill

Try one of these 3 speed workouts to rock your next treadmill run and to gain speed!  happyfitmama.com

The treadmill.

Some love it. Some put up with it. Some absolutely won’t step foot on it.

I’m not afraid to admit that I put up with it. I have one and it has been the best thing EVER on days when the winter weather doesn’t cooperate with my running plans or  when my families schedule prevents me from getting outside. It works for me. Does that mean I’d choose it over running outside? Hell no. I’d much rather be outside. But I’m all about getting my run in when I can.

As I mentioned on Monday, one of my goals for the first quarter of 2016 is to re-introduce specific workouts back into my running routine. I love doing a speed workout at the track, but all of our outdoor tracks are covered in snow until at least April. (There is the UNH track that I might be able to make it to this year during the week – yay!). My second option is the road. But with snow and ice in spots, I’d rather not mess with the roads right now for specific workouts.

So that leaves me with the treadmill. The treadmill is a great alternative for speed workouts.

Why should you do speed work on the treadmill?

Vary the terrain with a push of a button

The treadmill is the perfect flat route. If you want to work at a certain pace and don’t want to worry about incline/declines, then the treadmill is it. That is until you push a button. If you live in a flat area and you want to work in some hills, push the up button and you’ve got yourself an incline.

Pace perfect

There’s no need to worry about stop lights, mapping a route, finding the least hilly route, what to do with your water bottle, etc. You can push the button to your desired pace and run you just need to hold it! And it will figure out what your speed equates to in pace per mile. Speedwork is hard! It’s fun to run fast, but it can be hard to hold a very fast pace when you’re tired. The treadmill helps take some of the guesswork out of the equation and forces you to keep up with the speed you set it at. It also slows you down on the recovery intervals, so you can appropriately recover.

You don’t need anything extra
With winter running, you need to wear ALL the layers. And then there’s carrying your phone, ID, hydration and fuel. The convenience of running in place is that if something comes up – you tweak your hamstring, you need to go to the bathroom RIGHT NOW, you can stop running and tend to the matter right then.

The treadmill really is a great tool, if you can make peace with it!

Treadmill Speed Workout  happyfitmama.com

Although I choose the treadmill for this workout, you can also choose the track or a flat route outside. It’s a fun one!

Here’s some more treadmill workouts for speed and strength:

Simple Treadmill Speed Workout  happyfitmama.comHills are speed work in disguise. If you don’t want to push the speed, head for the hills instead.

Treadmill Pryramid Hill Workout   happyfitmama.comFor more workout ideas, check out Wild Workout Wednesday!

And check out my Pinterest board dedicated to all workouts Treadmill!

Follow Happy Fit Mama’s board Happy Fit Treadmill Workouts on Pinterest.

Where do you prefer to do your speed workouts?

Love the treadmill? Tolerate it? Hate it?

Top 5 Posts from 2015

Hey friends!

It’s hard to believe the 2015 is coming to a close. I must admit, I’m not sad to see it go one bit.

Next week it will be 4 years since I started this project. I didn’t have a clue about what it takes to really make a blog work. I have more of an idea now but there is still so much I need to know (and learn every single day). I’ve got lots of ideas and thoughts about what direction I want to take this little old blog in 2016.

I want to create content that you, the readers, enjoy as well as stuff that makes me excited. Of course, I always want to share about running. It’s obvious from the top 5 posts from 2015, that my most popular posts revolved around running and food.

Top 5 Posts from 2015

1. Tips for Running in the Heat and Humidity – Even though I didn’t get to enjoy summer running this year, I still shared my best tips for keeping cool and running for a strong fall.

Tips for running in heat and humidity2. How to Become a Morning Runner – I love my morning runs! It really is the best time to lace up and get the miles in. Not everyone is a super annoying awesome morning person, but you can be with 8 easy steps.

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3. Things NOT to Say to an Injured Runner – A funny look at the comments injured runners hear all the time. I’m totally guilty of saying almost all of these even though I know how much the injured runner wants to poke my eyes out when I do.

things not to say to an injured runner  happyfitmama.com

4. Healthy Energy Bites and Balls – A round up of 28 recipes for any type of ball or bites recipes you could think of. And they are all guaranteed delicious.

28 healthy balls and bites

5. The Story of My Boston Marathon DNF – Yup, this one still hurts. My heart NOT my foot thankfully!Team Stonyfield Boston Marathon outfit | happyfitmama.com

Thank you to every single person who has taken the time to read even one word of my writing over the years. I truly appreciate it!

I’m taking the next few days off from blogging to spend time with my family and enjoy Christmas. I want to wish all of you a very happy and joyous holiday season.

See ya next week!

What was your favorite moment from 2015?