This weekend the kids and I took our first ever solo trip to Bloemfontein (i.e. without Will), which of course, had a string of implications. Like, for instance, being forced to finally, after a full year of use, learn how to dismantle the double jogging stroller woman-alone and get it to fit into the car's trunk. Because, you see, we had a parkrun to do.
Will, ever the optimist, gave the stroller, and then me, one look and said that it couldn't be done. I, on the other hand, was convinced that it was possible. Because we had a parkrun to do. And so Thursday evening, the day before we left, was set apart especially for this purpose: To practise getting an oversized piece of heavy metal, i.e. our beloved double jogging stroller, into the car's trunk. And to do it again. And again. Until I felt confident that I'd be able to do it in public. Alone.
After an hour or so of practising, I was a sweaty, greasy mess, but the stroller was in the trunk - for the third time. I was ready.
Saturday morning the kids and I drove into the parkrun parking area at 07:30 a.m. - a whole 30 minutes early. I heaved the wheel-less stroller out of the trunk, set it on the ground, and got to work. Wheel No. 1 popped in like a dream. As did No. 2. And then things got messy: Wheel No. 3 just refused to cooperate. I huffed, I puffed, and I crawled around on the ground like a mad woman, but the wheel just wouldn't clip in. Nooooo! So I groaned and I sighed and I crawled around some more, until finally Wheel No. 3 popped into place. Hallelujah!
|Before the run. J Bear trying to nab K's juice.|
The run itself was superb, as always. We finished in 90th place in a time of 30:50 - a tough, tough run and my second slowest parkrun finish time to date. This was our first parkrun as a three-man team and I could definitely feel it - I may even have sneaked in a little walk break or two... Oops! Always room for improvement, right?
|After. We did it!|
As for travelling with the double stroller - we'll get there. A few more practise rounds of getting it into (and out of!) the trunk by my myself, and I'll be a pro.
Sooooo worth it!
Sooooo worth it!