Wednesday- 5 miles, 9:24 pace on the treadmill + shoulder workout/abs
Arm workout streak day 3/6-half way there!
I tried to stay at a slower pace so that I could count this as a recovery run. I don’t want to go crazy with speed this week because I’m trying to build my mileage. The more comfortable I get with the mileage and see how my body reacts, then I’ll feel better about adding speed in. What are your thoughts on that, long/speed runners? Should I not worry and just add speed in the mix?
How to Entertain a Toddler While you Workout
When J was a baby and up until he was about 15 months I always ran during his morning nap around 9am. When he stopped taking those morning naps I had to figure out how to workout if he was awake. *Some days I get up early and run outside before he wakes up and before Josh goes to work. Erin, asked me how I entertain him while I run on the treadmill, so here are a few of my tips.
1. Purchase a gate or pack n’ play. I used to have a giant gate set up for him to play in(shown below), but it took up a lot of the room. I tried the pack n’ play and worried that he wouldn’t like it because it was significantly smaller but he actually loved the change. He’s too young to just roam while I’m running because he’d try to touch or get on the treadmill. This option is great.
2. Be prepared with snacks. I always grab a few of his favorite and his water cup. I don’t give them to him all at once, I’ll keep a few up by me and then when he starts throwing toys at me and yelling, “Nack, Nack!” I know he wants another snack.
3. Let him watch his favorite shows. Yes, he watches TV and I’m so grateful he enjoys a few shows that I find tolerable as well. One of his current favs, Bubble Guppies. Sometimes I turn on music too, he loves dancing.
4. If you don’t have a TV near your treadmill, or if you don’t want them to watch TV bring their favorite toy in the room. J always has a few favorite books or toys that he’s loving that week so I make sure to bring them in the workout room. I’ll even save a few back that he hasn’t seen in awhile and bring them out if he’s yelling or just sick of being in his play pen.
I never mention this in my workout recaps, but most of my treadmill runs include a couple of breaks. I usually have to stop to give him more snacks, change a diaper, or give him another toy. Sometimes I can just toss it to him, but sometimes my aim is off and it’s easier to just stop for a sec;)
I hope these help, and moms tell me more tricks or tips that I missed!
We walked to the park with some family yesterday to eat our lunch. J loved when I would push him really high in the swing. Him and his second cousin were having a great time together. He can’t wait till she can walk and they can run around together.
Then, after a quick dinner we headed to the indoor soccer center. Some of my friends are on a coed soccer team together and wanted me to come play last night. It was so much fun. I loved playing soccer in high school, just wish I was better at it ha!
What’s your favorite workout lately?
Any great post workout snacks you’re loving?