5 mile progressive run
Steadily Speedier Strides
Mile 1- 8:46
Mile 2- 8:21
Mile 3- 7:25 (this is where I ditched the kids)
Mile 4- 7:16
Mile 5- 7:13
My kids were awful this morning. I mean A.W.F.U.L. Soccer camp in the heat for 5-6 hours a day is eating them alive and toying with my patience as well.
So I made them serve penance – riding their razors with me as fast as I could yell at them to go for about 2.5-3 miles. It was fugly man, really fugly. Hot, crabby, sweaty miles.
Which leads me to the in between place. When your babes are little there’s the dreaded jogging stroller run. Pushing your body weight or more is no fun whatsoever.
But then you get to the point where the jogging stroller is no longer an option and your kids aren’t old enough to either stay home alone or really do more than a few miles with you.
The in-between place.
Since it’s just the boys and me at the house, getting up early and sneaking out isn’t an option, so I’ve got to be creative. My approach….
-Hit the trails. We have paved bike trails around here which make it easy for me to keep an eye on the kids and for them to ride their bikes or Razors. Plus who says it isn’t cool to have your own running entourage. It’s as close as I’ll ever get to a motorcycle escort. The downside is keeping them on the right side of the bike path so as to not piss off the bikers. We often fail miserably at this.
-Park Paths. This is so not my fave, but I do it anyway. We have a local park with a .4 mile path around it. The kids play soccer, count my laps, complain, high five me and scream at one another while I lap it around the park. I can usually make it about 10 laps before I start hating my life.
-Bribery. When all else fails I pull the Yogurtland card. It’s a hop, skip and jump from the bike path/park we usually go to. I’ve also been known to make my famous banana soft serve or promise night swimming in order to keep the kids engaged.
What to expect:
-Slow miles. I am trying to focus on running, keeping kids in check, refereeing the bickering and all on the right side of the trail. This does not make for an efficient nor relaxing run. That said, when I ditch my kids at the playground, I can tear it up on the path around it especially since I know my time is limited and it’s only a matter of moments before chaos erupts.
-Gritting your teeth. I shave off .5 mm every time I do this. At this rate, I’ll have to get implants (and not the typical OC kind if you know what I mean…)by 2014.
-Swearing under your breath. See picture below
-Heartwarming Encouragement. “Mom, you’re so fast!” “Mom, you’re amazing!” “Mom, did you pee your pants yet?” As an added bonus the entire surrounding neighborhood hears the cheers!
-Crazy stares. Oh well, that’s just normal. C’est la vie. I can’t go anywhere without gawkers galore…we just stand out a wee bit in public.
Any other tips or tricks for running with kids in the “in between” age?