Friday, July 3, 2015

Lately {Life + Running}

I've discovered the secret to the perfect selfie: Become so stressed, in life and work, that you lose all common sense. You pull out your camera and take the only 3 minutes you can spare to amuse yourself by staring in it. Trust me, it works.

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Life. Work. It has been all about the hustle lately. It has been all about making people happy and making sure they have what they need. It has been about checking things off the list before 10 more items are added. It has been about keeping my shit together. T-O-G-E-T-H-E-R.

I'm still running, though. Thankfully. In fact, I'm sitting on the couch freshly pumped and de-pooed waiting to meet the girls for a celebration 5-miler. Celebration for having the day off, making it through the week and a day without rain.

It will be my second time running 5 miles post-partum, though I'm hoping to make the distance my weekday standard. I've been doing about two 3-milers and one at 4+ miles during the week. The weekend is dependent, right now, on the girls.

There's no plan to this – at least right now. The Bourbon Chase is almost 3 months out, and my first leg will be 7 miles. I'm giving them a slowball 10K pace but I want to go out there and contribute to the team. I want to rock it. I saw a 10K plan in Women's Health, paging through the magazine on a road trip, and it piqued my interest. It has two different interval workouts each week, as well as a long run that maxes out at 8. I have a few friends training for fall marathons so if I can get in shape, I might wing the long runs depending on their plans. (Our group tends to break up the long long runs so those who aren't going for 26.2 aren't alienated and those who are always have company.)

So ... we'll see.

But now what you all care about: the winner of the Summer Essentials giveaway. Congratulations to Allison D., who visited NAAWK on Facebook. I will be emailing you after my run.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Stroller Dilemma {A Three Things Thursday Post}

I could not. I would not. A double stroller.

When I was pregnant with Silas, I vehemently refuted that I would ever need a double stroller. I wouldn't need it during maternity leave, I said, as I could run with Si in the single BOB while Miles was at daycare. Mark would be home once I went back to work, providing adult supervision for either boy (or both) while I ran. Come fall, Miles would be in Pre-K and I could, again, run with Si after drop-off.

It was a great plan. Great justification. But then reality happened.

As I run more – often and farther – the idea of sticking Mark with the boys (my perception, not his) is harder to swallow. I have no problem when it's a run date with my BRF during the week or with my girls on the weekend but the weekday runs are where I struggle. I hate to leave them when I'm going to leave them again just an hour or so later. I could take one of the guys with me but it still leaves Mark at home with one.

It's a shame we can't go out together, I tell Mark. If only I had requested another jogger, or a double, instead of an Ergo when my in-laws asked me what I needed for our family of four.

I tried to work out our options on a fantastic run on Tuesday, a solo outing thanks to Mark dropping off Miles at daycare and taking Si with him to Great Clips.

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2-year-old Miles!

1. Scour garage sale sites and Craigslist for a second jogger. I have been looking but so far have come up empty. Most of the strollers that I have seen for sale are not the quality that I would look for in a jogger. I think most of them would be good for casual runners or walks but not for regular use. AND, if I only found a single, I could not take both boys by myself.

2. Sell our BOB Ironman and upgrade to a double stroller. From looking at sale sites in bigger cities, I feel confident that we could ask a good price for our stroller but it would not be an even deal. Also, we'd be stuck with a double long after we'd need it. I am sure Si would be happy to fill the seat with a cuddly but the stares from neighbors might not be worth it.

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3. See No. 2 but sub the Burley Bee. We have a great bike trailer that would do well on online sale sites. Get rid of that and upgrade to a bike trailer that can convert to a stroller. Of the three, this option is the most practical in that we will always use a double bike trailer. We would come out in the red if we went with the Burley Honey Bee but I did find an Allen Sports model that would be affordable(ish).

Of course, I could buy something new (not really) or do nothing (more than likely). After all, do I really want to run with my husband, toddler and newborn? I thought I took up this hobby for peace of mind :)