I used to run like this all the time, back when I just had two kids. After #2 was born this was the only way I could get out, so I started from scratch (getting back into shape) and worked up with the kiddos in tow. But since #3 was born, I rarely take the kids; rather, I get up early enough to get my runs in before my hubby leaves for work. This has been a bad week for sleep though. Perhaps it’s the time change, along with getting re-settled after a short trip over the weekend. I’ve slept in too late twice this week and missed my early morning runs. On Tuesday I dropped the kids off at a play date in order to get five miles in. Today, this was my only option. I have decided that when training for a marathon I have no room for excuses.
Since I haven’t been training regularly this way, suddenly pushing the double jogger with two strapping boys inside threw a bit of a wrench into my workout. I ran my usual three mile course nearly a minute per mile slower than normal. (I was planning on a four miler, but #3 was getting a little impatient and kept trying to escape, so I had to cut it short). I set two dogs into a tizzy and their walkers into a fit of laughter when I bounded past them with this hulking kid-filled contraption. I had to stop at one point and backtrack several yards to pick up a fallen stuffed animal. But there are good aspects to this setup as well. It’s fun to occasionally take the kids along. I get to have self congratulatory conservations like this:
“Isn’t Mommy running fast?”
“Is Mommy so strong?”
“Yes…running makes you strong.”
“Yay, Mommy did it!”
“What did you do?”
“I just ran up that huge hill, pushing you the whole time!”
“It was very hard, but I did it!”
“Mommies and Daddies are strong.”
It’s pretty amusing that my three-year old thinks that riding in the stroller while I push him counts as excersing. When we got home he commented that he had gotten some good excerise and wanted to know if he could have some “running candy” (sports beans) now. I said sure…afterall, he was really well behaved while I was running.