Thursday, 4 September 2014

Our Running Routine: Shaken. And stirred.

We've shaken up our running routine - again.  Summer is almost upon us (hmmm - watermelon, mangoes, peaches...) and our lunchtime runs just aren't cutting it anymore.  They've become a hot and (excessively) sunny affair - not the kind of activity you want to expose your 8-month old's fair complexion to for hours at a time.  So we're moving on to plan E - yay?

Don't be fooled - the hat only stays on for 3 seconds max.

Let me just say that I'm a creature of routine.  I'm all about finding ways that work and then sticking to them like it's my job - especially when it comes to the kids.  Knowing that Miss K and Baby J will be content for a quick lunchtime run in the double stroller just makes it so much easier to get out the door.  But, alas - being adaptable is key, right?   

So now we run after work instead of during lunchtime.  With tired bodies and full bellies; or at least until we've figured out a way to coordinate our eating and napping schedules with lacing up at the end of the day.  And trust me, we will - there's nothing as determined as a mom who needs to run!  Especially not this one.

Our first post-work run went really, really well.  Except that K fell asleep, sandwich in hand, about 10 minutes before we were meant to depart, and then Baby J  followed suit about five minutes later.  Mother Runner Rule #279: Always be prepared for the unexpected, ha!  And by the time they woke up, I'd gobbled down my dinner, so a full-bellied run it was.  But, you know what they say: A full-bellied run is better than no run at all.  

Five minutes before we were meant to depart...

The great part about our run was the fact that Will was home by the time that K and J woke up, so a full-bellied family run it was - the best kind!  And man, I love spring running - the early evenings are cool and lovely and the air smells like jasmine.  Perfect.  


The verdict?  Running routine successfully shaken up.  Until next time...!


  1. I've got to say, I really admire your determination and flexibility!! My running has gone out the window.

    1. I'm stubborn as a donkey, haha! But I NEED to run, for everyone's sake. I get super grumpy when I don't.

  2. I used to head out with the kids about 10 minutes before naptime so they would sleep for the run. Love the family photo and the sleeping kid photo. Great job shaking it up and getting a run in.

    1. I agree - that would be ideal! Problem is, with our current routine, their naptime starts just before I end work, so that complicates things a bit... (I can't run earlier, because I need to work until a certain time.) BUT, we'll slowly but surely move their naptime until it works out :) .


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