Stroller Running…

I have always known that I like (okay, love) my kid. And I have known that I like running. But it wasn’t until recently that I realized that I actually like BOTH…together….at the same time!

Over the last couple of months, I have become one with our jogging stroller. I often talk about “my boys” – you just didn’t know I was talking about Graham, Scout and BOB.

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It’s hard. But I love it.

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(older pic from the Twilight 4-miler)

A woman told me once that of course I liked running with a stroller because it was easier. Ummm. Not exactly. Easy isn’t usually the word I use to describe my stroller runs. Unless, maybe it’s an all downhill run…and I’m yet to find one of those.

babies, after an "easy" 8 mile run

stroller babies, after an “easy” 8 mile run

In preparation for my fall races, Graham and I have been building up our mileage. This weekend we did our longest run together – 12 miles. He was great! During the first half he did his normal babbling, which had Rachel and me laughing and trying to carry on the “conversation”, and then he slept the second half. Not bad.
Tricks for a long stroller run: ability to talk nonsense with a baby, food, and “night nights” (G’s paci and blanket).

running 12 miles is exhausting

running 12 miles is exhausting

Sometimes I get emotional when I think about all the ways that being a mom has made me a better person. I can’t get into it all right now, but I will say that in addition to making me a better person, Graham has helped me to become a stronger, more determined and motivated runner.

Graham and Scout also like to challenge me during my core workout.

Graham and Scout also like to challenge me during my core workout.

I’m looking forward to Steve getting back and running with us…..and maybe he can distract the boys so that I can do crunches on my own.

xoxo,
Jo

PS Who remembers this? Running buddies a year ago 🙂

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Ragnar DC 2012

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