Thursday, September 13, 2007

Toddler interval training

I get so frustrated by celebrities who claim to get fit simply by chasing their kids around. So today I invented toddler interval training. I took H to a local cemetery because A) it has lots of smooth small roads to walk on now that students are using school tracks and B) it is relatively safe from vehicle traffic.

Initially I wanted to go into Bloomington and do this on Constitution Trail, but the volume of morning traffic set off my mom safety meter. So no post on the allegedly wonderful Constitution Trail, but maybe we'll venture there on a Sunday with two adults.

We set out this morning in our running shoes and the goal was to walk when H walked and run when he ran and not to turn down a race. We walked and ran and raced for 20 minutes before he wanted to be picked up. Then I put him on my shoulders and walked carrying an extra 40 pounds. We ended up doing 35-40 minutes of this and I did get my heart rate up, but did not break a sweat. On the other hand, H was wiped out and begging for a drink of water and a rest in the car.

PS not to return to my mommy blogging past, but for those that know us, H read a word yesterday. We were looking for a recipe for dinner and I handed H a printed recipe with no pictures and I didn't tell him what recipe he had. He pointed at the word beans and said, "This says beans." H is 2 3/4 and beginning to READ!

4 comments:

Amy W said...

I will have to try out that workout....

Monkey McWearingChaps said...

Genius!!

Mrs. Chicken said...

re: the workout - *snort*

re: the reading - WOW!

Jenna said...

I love using my kids as resistence...leg press, great arm work...and we do pilates and yoga together in the living room!

Great reading! Of course my kid can read the word "Poop"...brilliant!