Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Afternoon speed.

I've often bemoaned the fact that, during the week, I can't run during the day. Who's going to watch the toddler? I certainly can't leave him home alone and I never got around to trying a jogging stroller (never mind that I don't own one) so that's out, too.

So I've been a bemoaner. But I've tried to counter my bemoaning with my gratitude for Owen's consistent encouragement of my running. He's happy to stay with Conal when I run in the evening or on the weekends and I am very, very grateful for that.

Today, though, I'm grateful for finally getting my life together. In other words, I created a situation that allowed me to run. In the middle of the day. Woo hoo!

Usually, I am way too busy to run when Conal naps. And how would I hear him if I was down in the basement and he was up in his bedroom on the second floor? I wouldn't. I simply would not hear him. Which means I would never know if he suddenly woke up, jumped out of his crib, climbed up his bookcase, grabbed hold of his curtain and started to swing wildly around his room. Am I right?

Of course I am. But, the thing is, we have a monitor. It lets me hear what is going on, as if I were in the room with him. Amazing technology, this monitor.

And, you know what? If I get everything I need to get done in the morning (and I have no pressing deadlines), nap time becomes free time. Free time, as you know, can easily be converted to running time. Just. Like. That.

And so it was. I put Conal down for a nap, turned on the monitor and headed to the basement for a little speed work. Just 4 easy miles, with 4 quarter miles run fast: 2 at 6:45 pace, 2 at 7:30 pace. The speed bursts made the run fly by!

Ah, it felt great. Now I can go to my book club tonight without feeling like I am missing my opportunity to run. I could get used to this daytime running thing . . .

Oh, and hey -- I'm coming up on my 200th post and I'm planning a little giveaway to celebrate. 200th post. Eek! I feel so old . . .

Have a great afternoon, everyone!

~ Felice

22 comments:

Lainie said...

Congrats on the daytime run! And enjoy that naptime while it continues!

aron said...

yay great job squeezing in that daytime run... and those speedy intervals!!

Heather said...

Good job getting the run in . . . and some speedwork on top of that! Have fun at book club.

Roisin said...

Those are some fast intervals, lady! I'm glad you were able to work something out...I can't even imagine trying to anything else, let alone get a run in, whilst caring for a toddler! Supermom, that's what you are!

Chic Runner said...

Congrats on the daytime run :) Great pace too! Glad he wasn't found swinging through the house either... ha ha though it would have made for a good story.

Can't wait for the giveaway!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

way to work things out!

Denise said...

Good job squeezing the run in. Can't wait for the big giveaway!

Katie said...

Sounds like a great plan -- guess those monitors really do come in handy :-)

J said...

A mid day run and boo club all in one day! You are one lucky duck! Happy running and reading!

Melanie said...

from one mom to another, i was going to suggest a monitor, but glad you're ahead of me, and got in a great run! :)

joyRuN said...

Nicely done!

I miss nap time :(

The Laminator said...

Yay for running during nap time...Come to think of it, I need some nap time! Haha. 200 posts is not old by any means!

lindsay said...

glad you figured something out! i think i'd be too tempted to nap during nap time myself :) those monitors are a newfangled invention ;-)

Oz Runner said...

baby monitors are great...now that our kids are older (6 and 8), we've used it to keep tabs on them during a sleepover or something...they have multiple uses...nice job on the run too..

Diana said...

How great is that? Congrats...on both the afternoon run and 200 posts!

raulgonemobile said...

Nice! I can tell my mind hasn't clicked in yet.. I was thinking "how far is the range on that monitor?" lol.. Took me a while until I got to "treadmill, silly, treadmill"

Marcy said...

LMAO! Old things getting a new life, eh? Last year I dusted ours off as well so I could go jump rope in the garage and not have to worry about the kids getting up HAHA!

X-Country2 said...

Way to multi-task. You absolutely need time for yourself in there too.

tfh said...

Very cool! I'm pretty sure I would be tempted by the urge to nap myself, so I'm doubly impressed that you snuck such a speedy run in.

Marlene said...

I love running during the day! Glad you were able to find a way to squeeze it in. Nice pace, too!

Lori said...

So glad you were able to work out a plan, you multitasker you. Gotta love those monitors. Daytime about 10am to 2pm is my best exercise time for sure.

I Run for Fun said...

Yay! Daytime runs are the best...you don't have to be up at the crack of dawn and you don't have to postpone running till the end of the day. Hats off the the baby monitor!

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