I think my most brilliant idea ever is to get my long run done on Friday so that Saturday I can be as lazy as possible. I used to always do my long runs on Friday when I was training for my first marathon because I taught spin Saturday mornings and Sundays are my days off. I would teach school all day on Friday and then make it to the gym just in time to watch Oprah and Dr. Phil during my long run (I trained for my first marathon entirely on the gym treadmill ((before I had my own treadmill)). Fridays were tiring days during that training cycle.
Spring has arrived in California:
My long runs for this marathon will be done with Brooker which is awesome because we both have a blast out on our runs together.
Here’s my tips for going on a long run with the jogger.
1. Go out about 20-30 minutes before their longest nap of the day. Brooke’s longest nap is usually 2.5 hours after she wakes up in the morning so I head out about 30 minutes before her nap. She wakes up at 6ish now so I will plan to leave at 8. She fell asleep at mile 3.5 and slept until mile 11.5.
2. Bring your whole house with you. I bring enough diapers and food for her to survive for at least 3 days. I can’t think of anything worse than being far away from home without enough food/diapers for your baby.
3. Toy central. I bring out her latest and greatest toys for when she is awake to help entertain her.
4. Be prepared to stop. Go into it knowing that you will have to take a few stops to check on them, give them their next toy etc. Today we only had to stop a few times to pick up her blanket because her favorite jogging stroller game is to throw it out of the stroller at the most random times and then she giggles when I go back to pick it up.
5. Talk to them when they are awake. The other runners on the trail think I am crazy but talking to Brooke when she is awake keeps her happy.
6. ENJOY IT:) I have done way too many long runs all by myself in the past and it gets pretty lonely but not anymore….
We did 15 miles @ an average pace of 8:09 with about 900 feet elevation gain. (Time not including the breaks to pick up her blanket and check on her)
The rest of my Friday will involve refueling and COMPEX, I cannot wait:)
PS Brooke absolutely loves sitting in the cart now (she is buckled in but you just can’t see it). I think the grocery store is her favorite place now.
Any other tips for running with the jogging stroller?
What are your doing tonight?
Most importantly… what are you eating tonight?
Long run this weekend?