The other day I missed my lunch workout because I forgot to bring my running shoes to the gym. I went to the women’s only area in my socks because yanno, no excuses. But with no game plan I felt like a fish out of water, flopping around on the deck with a whole pile of people staring at the strange chick working out in her socks. I packed it in after doing a few crunches, bicep curls and triceps extensions, got changed and walked around the mall instead. (On the plus side I FINALLY found myself a new bathing suit, which as you know is no easy feat).
I still needed to get my workout in.
When I got home from work I was all excited to join a friend for a heart pumping 8k run with a nearby run club. Unfortunately this was not going to happen either ” hubby was not up for solo parenting for an hour because he had the dreaded man cold (no further explanation needed). Unfortunately (fortunately?), my daughters overheard that I wanted to run: Ã…”Can we come mommy? Ã‚Â and Ã…”I want to run too mommy! Ã‚Â.
So after a quick dinner (which during the summer resembles more of a healthy snack, with dinner actually occurring just before bed time), the girls and I embarked upon what was supposed to be my 5 ” 8k run. I helped Sierra put on all of her rollerblading safety gear and laced up her rollerblades, dug out Brooke’s bike from our sports equipment filled garage, and pulled out my jogging stroller for Amber. Hubby happily filled up water bottles for us while I dealt with the three-ring circus that typically occurs before we go anywhere as a group.
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When it was finally time to start our run/blade/bike together, Amber (2.5 yrs) informed me that she was going to run and NOT sit in the jogger. (By this time their must’ve been steam coming out of my ears because my attempt to Ã…”Live Active Ã‚Â was being met by roadblock after roadblock). Unfortunately there is no reasoning with a two-year old, so I let her start running …..
According to my GPS she ran half a mile without stopping at an 11 min mile pace!!!
I was shocked and pleasantly surprised!! Perhaps my goal of running a 1k race with my daughters this fall can actually happen!
Amber finally decided to stop running when we met a man walking two dogs. Amber is petrified of dogs, so I used this as an excuse to entice her into the jogger so that I could get a workout in. The group of us then continued on for half a mile happily before the big girls who were blading and cycling began whining about the heat and how tired they were, so we then turned around and ran, biked and bladed the mile back home.
My run wasn’t what I had wanted for myself but overall I would call our run a success. We had a fantastic time, Amber got in a good run, and the big girls got in a good 30 min of exercise. We then cooled off with a nice swim together in the pool *grin*
What workouts do you like to do with your kids?
Have you ever run a fun race with your kids?