Sorry for the boring title, but I couldn't think of anything more exciting this morning. I ended up getting home from work late last night, so by the time I picked up the kiddo, fed us dinner, packed lunches for today and figured out what I was going to wear to work it was 9:30 pm. I still had homework to work on, so packing my bag to run at the park this morning was not something I wanted to do. (And I was very thankful that I had gotten my training run done that morning.) Instead, I opted for a Tuesday morning treadmill run.
I managed to drag myself out of bed at 5:00 am, put on my glasses, throw on the running clothes I had set out the night before and hop on the treadmill. I couldn't find the remote control for the tv, so I opted to watch one of the kiddo's "Signing Time" videos. Sounds silly to watch a children's show while running, but there are still a couple of videos that the kiddo hasn't watched. One of them shows the American Sign Language (ASL) signs for animals. Since the kiddo has a picture book with animals, I thought I would try to learn the signs and then show them to her as we read her book. No, my kiddo does not have any problems with her hearing, but research has shown that infants and toddlers benefit a great deal by learning sign language before they begin speaking - it helps eliminate the "terrible two's" behavior since many of the tantrums are thrown due to frustration and communication (when the child can communicate, there is less frustration!) and it has been shown that infants/toddlers who sign have had better vocabulary skills than those who do not. I don't know if all of that is true, but I do know that the kiddo LOVES her signing time dvds and has been able to ask for milk, water, more, etc. since way before she could say the words! And, the teachers at her "school" were pretty impressed with her vocabulary when she returned to school last week.
So, my run was both educational and healthy! I ran for a total of 30 minutes. I started out slow, but gradually increased my speed after feeling warmed up. Toward the end of my run, I increased my speed to see if I could finish the pretend "loop" on the treadmill screen. I did and went a little further. Not a bad run. And the best part - I don't have to run again until Thursday!
Conditions - indoors/treadmill
Total run time - 30 minutes
Distance - 2.64
Pace - 11:21
Run long & Livestrong!