Crazy facial expressions are our specialty.
Andrew had a shift at the hospital so that meant another treadmill run for me. I started at 5:28 in the morning so I could try to get it done before the girls woke up. Getting on and off of the treadmill to get them situated is not easy because once I stop… it is really hard to get back on that treadmill again. I even had some time to stick my head in front of the fan, stretch and do a bit of strength after my run before they woke up. I had Skye’s monitor on the treadmill and Brooke knows that when she wakes up when Andrew is gone that I’m either in bed snoring or on the treadmill so she just came to me when she woke up.
I think I get extra credit for doing this workout on the treadmill.
2 mile w/u and 2 mile c/d and I like how my coach wrote out the workout… wash. rinse. repeat. haha!
Going into the workout I really underestimated how long 3 minutes would feel during this workout. It was so painful and I felt like I was going to lose my pre-run banana. But I did it. As far as what pace to do for this workout, my coach said to break down the intervals in my head based on effort rather than focusing on a speed. For the first minute my effort level should feel like a 6 out of 10, for the second minute a 7.5 out of 10 and for the last minute an 8 or a 9 out of 10. For this particular workout she recommended doing these between a 4-5% incline on the treadmill. My paces weren’t fast but I definitely pushed myself to get up to that 9 out of 10 effort level and I’m proud of that.
Ever gone downhill on a treadmill? It feels really weird at first but it is so nice to have this option for workouts like this when part of your recovery is jogging back down the hill.
Also, I brought back out a marker on my treadmill. I tend to run very close to the treadmill console which makes me change my running form. I like to put some tape or a resistance band a bit back from the console to help me to stay back and it helps me a ton.
Also, if you are needing some help with form with your uphill and downhill running, this article is my favorite for that—> 4 Simple Form Tweaks That Make Running Hills Easier. I love this quote from the article, “To handle hills effectively in races, learn to run up and down them by effort, not pace.”
PS If you are doing hill repeats for time outside on a hill and you want to get a bit higher up on the hill with each interval—> Place a rock at the point where you get to at the end of each interval and on the next hill repeat try to get past the rock. I love having a visual of where I need to get to and that really pushes me to go faster with each repeat. If your hill repeats are for distance then you can also place a rock at the distance you need to get to in order to help you to push it to that point too.
After I told you in Skye’s latest baby post about how amazing she is at napping lately, she rebelled and protested the idea of a morning nap.
Brooke was hard at work making her Father’s Day presents for Andrew. We are celebrating Father’s Day a bit early this year because Andrew will be gone most of Sunday. Brooke needs to go out to California to be with her dad this weekend so on Sunday Andrew will be flying to California and then bringing Brooke home that night. He is a rockstar for spending his Father’s Day on airplanes to make sure Brooke can go see her dad (I was going to go but Andrew said he would so Skye wouldn’t be traveling again so soon after our last trip).
Turkey, cheese, guac and spinach salads for our lunch.
And then we were off to Skye’s doctor appointment. Her head size is now in the 76th percentile which means she inherited my head. Also, her pediatrician said she is good to go for us to start running together!
From there I tried to take Brooke to the park but we lasted for 7 minutes before we realized it was way too hot. McDonalds playground and ice cream instead.
We took it nice and easy at home which felt really nice.
And for dinner we had egg scrambles (with spinach, peppers, guac, chicken) and pb & j toast on the side. Skye has a strong love for sweet potatoes… not sure how she would feel right now with adding chicken, avocado and bbq sauce on top of her sweet potatoes but I’m sure at some point she will realize how good that is too.
Andrew ran right after his shift and then we ate dessert while watching The Bachelorette. I stayed awake until my ice cream container was gone (I had the candy bar one).
Also, I bought these because I kept seeing Shalane Flanagan talking about this brand on her IG so I’ll be eating these today. Hopefully, they make me as fast as she is;)
Brooke will do anything to avoid having to make her bed including sleeping on the very edge so she doesn’t have to put her pillows back on in the morning.
I sure hope it is easy to get stickers off of walls because last I counted, she has about 2,300 of them on her walls.
My mom and sister are back home from our family reunion so all is right in Utah again;) This picture is me, my brother and sister at the top of a huge building that we climbed up.
This made me laugh so hard. I hope that all of you teachers reading have an amazing summer full of doing everything you love to do.
What is your favorite type of hill workout? Any phrases that get you through hard hills?
-I used my favorite yesterday to get through those climbs, ‘I can do hard things.”
Who is watching the Bachelorette this season? What are your thoughts so far?
-I really like Becca, a lot.
Any Halo Top fans? Favorite flavor?
-After we ate through the 20 containers that Andrew bought (they were on sale so he bought the entire store;) I was sick of them but after over a year away from them, it sounded good again.
Any teachers reading (or people that used to teach)? What grade do you teach? If you are a secondary teacher, what subjects do you teach?