When I woke up Saturday morning I was VERY surprised by the snow. I had no idea it was going to snow and I decided it wasn’t the day to do a tempo…
It also meant that my running friends were no longer going to run where they were planning to (farther away) so I could jump in with them on their run.
I did 10 miles @ 8:07 average pace on a hilly loop but the below picture is from Emilee and she did 18 miles!
It was my highest mileage week by .03 miles since having Beck ha… 55.41 miles and 55.38 miles the week before.
A tempo might not have happened but a hill PR did… .6 miles with 287 ft of climbing. My legs were shaking at the top!
The views were gorgeous along the way.
We celebrated Andrew’s bday all weekend and his first request was In-N-Out followed by Harry Potter watching.
The girls had a tea party on Sunday morning and Brooke supplied the pancakes.
Andrew’s bday dinner was a success. There were also pizza bites and baked beans to go along with all of the below appetizers. Knox would have loved the below chip selection so much… luckily we saved him a bunch too.
We had a great weekend and I’m excited about his 33rd year of life.
I’ve had a few people ask me for my tips for running with kids so I thought today would be the perfect day to talk about this! I am in no way an expert but I thought I would share what I have found works with my kiddos and hopefully they will continue to want to run with me over the years too and not view running as a punishment!
Flashback to my favorite pic of Brooke running:
*HAVE A DESTINATION. Sure we as adults might be able to log our miles day after day on simple loops or out and backs but for my kids, their favorite runs are destination runs. We have a park within running destination along with a grocery store (grab a donut!) within running/walking distance. We love planning a run around a destination (they love running to my sister’s house because then they can brag to their cousins that they ran there) and that gets them very excited.
*STOP as much as they want to. Brooke loves to stop to jump through some sprinklers or to stare at the roly poly on the sidewalk. Stop to dance, to jump over a big rock or to sit on the sidewalk to catch their breath. I love making them feel like we have nothing else on the planet to do so they can take whatever time they want to for stops.
*LET THEM DECIDE. Let them choose the pace, the distance, when to turn around… as much as I love control, I love handing all of the control over to them.
*Turn on some of their favorite SONGS. If they aren’t in the mood to chat then I’ll get the tunes going!
*Let them wear your GPS watch… my kids love using mine!
*Make sure they are COMFORTABLE. Make sure they are wearing good socks, shoes, running clothes and that their hair is out of their face (at least that one is very important for Brooke to feel comfortable while running). Being uncomfortable during a run is the worst and if they feel good and confident during the run they will enjoy it a whole lot more.
*Our school puts on a “Marathon in a Month” program and the kids LIVE FOR THAT. They get a prize at the end of the 26.2 miles and they mark their progress along the way on a chart. The chart has a little block for each mile on a pathway… it includes 26 blocks and they color them in along the way.
*Our school also has a cross-country program for them (and I get to coach next year once after school activities are happening again) and the students earn beads each time they come and finish their laps for the day. Those beads are a huge motivation for them.
*Temperatures matter! Brooke is not a fan of running in the heat or the cold so we don’t do either. When it feels good out to her then she is much more likely to want to go for a run so that is when we run. I’m sure as she gets older these things won’t bother her as much as they do now but I want it to be a fun experience for her… not one where she remembers her fingers freezing or feeling sick from the heat.
*Share what running does for you with them. Throughout the run sometimes I’ll bring up little things that running does for me and ask them what it does for them. I love telling them about how it gives me more energy, helps me to handle my stress and brings me a lot of gratitude for what my body can do. I love sharing funny running stories with them that I have with my friends and race experiences that I’ve had.
Ever run with kids? Have any tips to help them love running or did anyone help you love running when you were younger?
Do you prefer hill work or speed work more? Do you do both? Do you notice more benefits from one more than the other?
Have a favorite type of chip? On a scale from 1-10, how much do you like chips?
What was the best part of your weekend?