Speed Weeeerk

Yesterday when I got home from work I was ready to GO!


Cecil was ready too…


Does anyone else have issues with doing speedwork on the treadmill?

I can run fast much more comfortably outdoors where I feel in control. On the treadmill I constantly feel like I’m half a step away from flying off!

I won’t be going to the gym for speedwork again for a while. I need to get back to running outdoors anyway.

Our new place is about a mile away from our old place, but that extra mile is punking me out. It’s completely through a little neighborhood, and I prefer sticking to the main roads.

Tomorrow I WILL run outdoors again. My Garmin misses going out for a run!

Yesterday I took myself to lunch (I really think everyone should do this at least once per week) and enjoyed some delicious soup!


… and then I left my keys at the restaurant!

Since I had walked there I didn’t realize I left my keys until it was time for me to go home from work. Thankfully the staff held on to them for me! I still can’t remember why I took them out of my purse at the restaurant to begin with.


I got that keyring when we were in London last year :). Whenever I look at my keys it reminds me of the best vacation ever!

I have another, separate keyring that is of the Eiffel Tower and it holds my “non-essential” keys. You know, the ones I don’t use on a daily basis like the keys to my parent’s homes and the key to my office (I’m hardly ever the first one there).

Call me crazy, but I hate having a bulky keyring so I have to keep all the essential keys and non-essential ones separate. Anyone else do that? I know I can’t be the only one!

And on a random note I saw this on Instagram yesterday and thought “yep.”

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I may need to spend a little time this weekend re-watching one of the HP movies just because.

Favorite HP movie? Goblet of Fire
Do you lose your keys / lock them in the car a little too often? My first car didn’t have automatic locks and I used to lock my keys in the car all.the.time. AAA was on speed dial!



  1. January 14, 2015 / 5:44 am

    I don’t like speed work on the ‘mill…my speed work pace is always like .7 or .5 of a speed so I have to adjust it too much and it just throws my mojo off!! Plus, some days my legs feel better than others so that little bit of time that I am adjusting makes me feel awkward and I don’t like that either. Today I have a hill workout planned so hopefully I get to do it outside. A hill workout on the treadmill would probably suck more than speed! 🙂
    You are not alone in the key department. I have had to have people out to my house to unlock vehicles 3 times!!! Yes both sets in the vehicle and it is locked! I really need to stop carrying both sets in my purse!

    • January 14, 2015 / 10:10 pm

      I don’t like the adjustment period either! I always account for 10 seconds of adjustment while the treadmill is ramping up or going down in speed. I can’t imagine doing a hill workout! I am sure I would slide right off!

  2. January 14, 2015 / 8:16 am

    Glad to see the return to training is progressing. I hate doing anything on the treadmill, avoid it like the plague.

    I have separate key rings, the one with the important keys had as little as possible, I hate bulky key rings.

    You can’t go wrong with The Sorcerers Stone and reading about all the characters. I also like Prisoner of Azkaban.

    • January 14, 2015 / 10:10 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that you and others do the two keyring thing as well!

      Totally agree about Sorcerer and PoA. I love the Shrieking Shack scenes!

  3. January 14, 2015 / 8:23 am

    I prefer running outside, but the treadmill is a good way to make sure you don’t run slower than you mean to 🙂
    The Prisoner of Azkaban, probably. I was obsessed with that one haha 🙂
    I never lose my keys haha, i just always keep it in my purse.

    • January 14, 2015 / 10:11 pm

      So many votes for PoA! I like that one a lot too because I loved learning more about James and the gang when they were at Hogwarts!

  4. January 14, 2015 / 9:08 am

    It’s weird to me that so many people say they feel like they can’t run as fast on the treadmill….I have the opposite problem. It always seems like paces are a little easier than they should be when I’m on the mill. I always have set the treadmill pace to 30 seconds faster than the pace I intend to run at to make up for this. Go figure.

    I get what you’re saying about not wanting a bulky key ring, but I don’t want to have to keep track of more than one set of keys. It’s hard enough for me to keep track of one. Yesterday morning I couldn’t find my keys and I was freaking out. We tore the apartment apart looking for them and I missed the bus and was late to work. I finally found them in one of my drawers – I had stuffed them in there with some new clothes I was putting away. Arg! #ScatterbrainedProblems

    • January 14, 2015 / 10:13 pm

      Wow, that’s so interesting! When I’m outdoors I can hold 30 second intervals in the 9 – 9:30 minute range but yesterday on the treadmill 10 min was about as fast as I could go while still feeling somewhat in control of my legs!

      Oh my! I’m glad you found your keys. That’s the worst when you can’t find them and search everywhere. Once I found my keys in the fridge! Oy!

  5. January 14, 2015 / 9:29 am

    Well, you already know my thoughts on the treadmill – I love it for all things:)
    I used to not carry and keys. My truck and our Flex both are push-button starts so I just keep both key fobs in my purse. We come in through our garage and so I don’t have a house key either. I do keep the keys to the venue with me all the time now.

    • January 14, 2015 / 10:14 pm

      Ohhhh fancy push start buttons!

      I’d love to not have to carry keys, or to just have one magical key that would work for everything! 🙂

  6. January 14, 2015 / 9:33 am

    I get nervous running fast on the treadmill, so I totally understand what you are saying!

    I haven’t locked my keys in the car in awhile, which means I am due. Luckily, I finally got an extra key to my car (I only had one) so I won’t have to call AAA next time it happens!

    • January 14, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      I am probably due too!

      Adam has the spare key to my car BUT I seem to always lock my keys in the car at times where it would take too long for him to get to me and it’s just easier to call AAA. I locked my keys in my car one time during my internship in college and freaked out because I was late for a test. I tried to call my professor and email him but he didn’t respond and I was freaking out so hard. A friend came and drove me to class and then the prof. let me leave right after so I could go meet AAA. I will never forget how panicked I was that day!

  7. January 14, 2015 / 10:05 am

    Funny thing is I love to do speed twerk-outs on the treadmill vs. outside. I like that the treadmill sets the pace for you and you don’t have to constantly look at your garmin to make sure you are holding the pace. BUT I often do imagine myself flying off the back, so that’s fun.

    Ugh, ****outcast**** over here. I never got into HP! I know, I know, you’re throwing tomatoes at me as we speak.

    • January 14, 2015 / 10:17 pm

      WHHHHAAAATTTTT I think you may be the first person I have ever “met” that didn’t read HP! I don’t even know if we can be blog friends anymore! 😀

  8. January 14, 2015 / 11:16 am

    Wes just rewatched *all* of the HP movies in a row over the weekend. Split into two nights, but still, it was a heck of a marathon. I was mostly asleep because I wasn’t feeling great. Clearly we are very exciting people 🙂

    I prefer to do speedwork outside as well. The treadmill just doesn’t feel right and I think I go a lot faster if I’m just trusting myself rather than setting a number.

    • January 14, 2015 / 10:17 pm

      Oh WOW all of them over one weekend! That’s impressive!

      How are you feeling now? I hope you are feeling better today!

  9. January 14, 2015 / 12:32 pm

    I don’t run on treadmills I just can’t make myself do it, so speedwork is always done outside haha. My favorite Harry Potter is the Half-Blood Prince.

    • January 14, 2015 / 10:18 pm

      I think HBP is my least favorite just because Grimmauld Place is so grim and totally freaks me out! haha

  10. January 14, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    My favorite Harry Potter book (and movie) is actually Order of the Phoenix, followed closely by Prisoner of Azkaban!

    I actually keep my keys separate as well. I have a key ring wallet with my house keys, office key (sometimes I get there first or leave last but rarely on the same day!), and membership cards for gym/grocery/library. Zach and I actually have three cars between the two of us. Long story but let’s just say that before we got engaged he just had his car and I had zero (rode the bus/walked), LOL. Because of that it’s much easier to just grab the car-specific keys in the AM.

    • January 14, 2015 / 10:20 pm

      OOTP holds a special place in my heart because it was the first one where I waited at a bookstore at midnight for the release. I sadly didn’t start reading the series until after GOF had already come out.

      Three cars? You went from right to three? Overachievers!

  11. January 14, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    I seriously love the floors in your apartment. So pretty!

    I actually enjoy doing speed work on the treadmill because I feel like I am in a controlled environment and can hop off at any moment. But I know what you mean about flying off – it has happened to me before.

    I just saw the last of the Hobbit movies and was thinking that I am due to watch the Lord of the Ring soon.

    • January 14, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      Thank you!

      You have actually flown off the treadmill before?!?! OMG!

      You know, I LOVED the LOTR movies but I could not get into the books at all. I think that is the first time I have ever had a book-movie experience like that!

  12. January 14, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    I just realized we are shoe twins (color too). Your soup looks good – miso? I just had some today – but used a packet from the Japanese market. I also have two sets of keys – I carry my apartment keys with me everyday and its hooked to my carabiner. I leave my car keys/my parents house keys (nonessentials) in my apartment. When I need to drive I hook it back onto the carabiner. Otherwise it is too heavy.

    • January 14, 2015 / 10:22 pm

      We are shoe twins! Whenever I would see you in the blue ones I would always smile. I love the pink/white ones so so much though. I’ve stocked up on them because I don’t love the color options for 2015!

      YEP miso soup!!! 🙂

  13. January 14, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    I also feel like Im gonna fly off the treadmill if I try to do speed work on there!
    Glad you found your keys!

    • January 14, 2015 / 10:23 pm

      Thanks Lisa!

      That flying off feeling is just awful, I seriously get so nervous it’s the only thing I can think about which makes me even more nervous!

  14. January 14, 2015 / 9:35 pm

    Running fast on the treadmill IS scary! I always imagine myself flying off the back of the belt, but I’ve never even come close to doing that, thank goodness haha. I think speed work outside is even better since during a race, there aren’t little arrow buttons to press to make myself to faster 🙂

    • January 14, 2015 / 10:25 pm

      I don’t think I’ve ever come close to actually doing it, but I imagine it happening to me every single time! It gives me serious anxiety! haha

      Speedwork outdoors is infinitely better for that reason!

  15. January 15, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    Mmm miso soup is my favorite!!

    I have a smart key for my car, so I can detach all my regular keys when I don’t need them. My only fob is a Hamsa.