Tuesday, June 12, 2012

double jogger mother runner

The first 4 years or so of my "running career" almost every run was with a jogger. I didn't live in areas super conducive to running, so we always went to a local lake to run. It just made most sense to take the kid(s) and the jogger. Some of that time my husband was working a second job, so I'd go run in the late afternoon with the kids while he headed to job #2.

I've never really minded running with the stroller. Three years ago we moved to an area that is pretty good for running up to 4 or 5 miles. The streets are all on the shorter side, so after an hour of running turning on all the different streets gets old.  But it has been so nice to be able to step out the front door and run.

Three years ago is also when we had a 3rd child and my oldest has always been big for her age, so even if I had a triple stroller, she wouldn't have fit comfortably.  My jogging stroller runs decreased quite a bit at that point. I would sometimes run with the jogger on my days off when the big girl was in school. But a lot of runs were early mornings and later afternoons once hubs was home.  Or I'd sneak a quick run in after work before picking kids up.

I was a mother before I was a runner and so I've always been a mother runner. And so I've always been a jogging stroller mother runner.

I feel a bit nostalgic about my double jogging stroller days.  They are slowly coming to an end.  Summer is here and there's no big sister in school. In the fall, my middle girl starts kindergarten and I'll be down to a single jogger. Sure, there's a part of me that's excited because it will be 50% lighter. But I love my runs with my girls. I love how they interact in the stroller and I answer tons of questions. That is until the last mile or so of my run, when I'm dying and breathing so heavy and can't even hear what they are saying because I'm so focused on finishing strong and running until the end.

This morning I had a 40-minute tempo run on the schedule. 40 minutes at 9:45 (15k pace).  I could have gotten up early to get it done, but I was in the mood for a fun outing with the girls before we picked up big sister from her last day of school. We got her off to school and then loaded up and headed to the Bay. I was a little miffed at some traffic, but then I realized it wasn't even 9am, hence the work traffic.

Running with girls can be a little high maintenance.  On these June gloom mornings, they want jackets and blankets and toys. Not to mention a snack and drink. We loaded everything up and headed off.

While running, it wasn't cold at all. The air is a little humid and the breeze actually feels good. But I can see if you were sitting and moving at my speedy pace (haha) it might be chilly.

I started off with a warm-up mile at 10:30. I love running with the jogger at Mission Bay because it's almost totally flat and smooth. Unlike Lake Murray which has some longer hills and inclines. 

Running tempo miles with 85lbs of kid wasn't going to be easy. I wasn't sure what I was capable of. I decided that running around 10min miles would be equal to a solo 9:45 pace. But I always compete with myself and my own goals, so really I was going for under 10. 

Miles 2 & 3 were 9:47. Mile 4 was 9:50 and I kicked Mile 5's behind with a 9:39. I was huffing and puffing and digging so deep. I saw that I could end with a 9:45 pace, but thought if I turn it on the last .15 then maybe I can go under 9:45. I think my pace hit 9:39 right as the mile beeped.  I'LL TAKE IT!

I'm sure I'll run a bit more with the double jogger this summer, but probably not as much. 

This was a great way to cap off my years with my trusty BOB Duallie. The girls played at the playground while I stretched, and recovered. We came home so I could shower then it was off to pick up my new 3rd grader and eat frozen yogurt as a last day of school treat! 

My legs are tired. But I don't mind.  I ran tempo miles at pace with my 3 and 5 year old in a double jogger.

This mom RUNS!