The only time I could run yesterday was early in the morning so I decided to hit the gym and pay for a day pass to run on the treadmill. Sometimes my treadmill wakes up the kids and I did not want that to happen so the $5 was worth it. I decided that it was time to try out some mile repeats which I was a bit nervous about because it has been a year since the last time I did those. A year is a long time but not long enough to forget how bad mile repeats can hurt;)
I started off with a warm-up for 1.5 miles and then I started my first mile repeat. When I do speed work on the treadmill, I don’t start counting the repeat until the treadmill has reached the speed that I am doing the interval at.. it’s my weird treadmill ocd habit but I like going the full distance at the speed I set it to and not counting the parts that it is speeding up. I had the treadmill that is under the fan (hallelujah it was open) and set the treadmill to .5% incline. My first interval was a 6:54 and it felt hard but not like I was pushing myself too hard and decided to push myself a bit more for each one after that. After each interval I did a .4 mile jog and then got started on the next one. The second mile repeat was at 6:49 and my third was at 6:45.
Mile repeats teach me patience because for the first .25 I feel like I could totally go faster and run a new world record but then when I get to about .6 miles of the repeat I am so grateful I didn’t go full speed in the beginning because I am tired!
I finished with 6.8 miles total for the day and excited to see how I can improve my mile repeats over time!
My friend said on a post yesterday, progress is progress. Yep, I like that. Enjoy the progress you are making right now whether it is small or huge, it’s progress.
During the drive to/from the gym and my warm-up/cool-down I listened to this podcast (I NEED music during speedwork)! I love Ali’s podcast and this was such a good episode with Emma Coburn. I love what Emma had to say about body image and seeing her body as a tool for all of the amazing things that she gets to do with it!
I fixed my hair after the warm-up because it kept falling down and then after my workout I went into the bathroom. Turns out I created a large bump. Mornings are rough but I hope it helped others at the gym to realize they were having a better hair day than me at least;)
I got home and still had some time so I got out my resistance band (even though I was tempted to just lay on my mat and scroll through instagram).
Yesterday I did three sets of:
12 lying leg raises per leg
12 lying hip abductions per leg
And then three sets of:
12 hip thrusts
12 side step squats per leg
12 donkey kicks per leg
Here are what a few of those moves look like if you are wondering:
Happy to see each other in the mornings:
While the big kids were at school, I decided to join Skye while she took her nap. Gotta take advantage of the times they still want to cuddle.
And then later on Andrew had a break from school and we picked up the kids and went to lunch!
We are back to hot chocolate season.
After a few days of being out and about a bunch it was nice to be home for most of the day. Skye is sure trying hard to find that thumb of hers!
Skye put on her onesie from Sarah Marie Design Studio:
And behind the scenes, the making of the above picture ha!
We had chicken tortilla soup for dinner!
Do any other This is Us fans look at crock-pots much differently now… I just want to unplug every crock-pot that I see.
We also tried out the cornbread from KodiakCakes. It was good but not as good as some of the other cornbread mixes I have used (Famous Dave’s is my favorite but it probably isn’t as healthy so maybe that is why I love the taste so much ha)!
A chocolate covered strawberry for dessert!
It must be tiring waking up your parents all night;)
Just one of the thousands of reasons to run… a great article here:
Do you like cilantro? Does it taste like soap for anyone reading?
This is a random question but Andrew and I were talking about it so I wanted to ask you too… What stores do you think offer the best customer service?
-My top 3… Costco, Nordstrom & Amazon. As far as food goes, Chick-fil-a wins.
Any fun Friday night plans?
Do you prefer longer intervals or shorter intervals for your speed workouts?
-Longer… 400s kill me off!