The title in a nutshell?! Me running, with whom & what I bring with me!
Most mornings I do a run. I like running & in particular I like running outside, it’s my headspace, my time out of the house. Marathon runner I most certainly am not, no where near. I do what I feel is sufficient for me and a distance that my children allow me to time wise.
I coincide my runs with dropping Mia to creche. Once she’s inside, I continue on my way. I’ve a few routes mapped out around our area. Some are as shorts as 2km, but generally they vary from 4.5km / 5.5km / 7 km / 10 km (ran my first 10km recently since getting the stents in!). It all depends on what sort of night I’ve had with the girls. They sleep, I sleep = good run. Shit night = shit run or no run at all.
So Mia hops onto her balance bike or onto her scooter (depending on her mood) and generally she stays to the inside of me and at times she’s ahead (see image below). It’s a great way to teach Mia how to co-ordinate balance with control, learning the rules of the road & road safety, awareness of what’s going on around her as well as building her confidence on a number of levels which is vital. I see her confidence growing every day.
Above all, it’s planting seeds in her head that running (& exercise in general) is a good thing. In years to come, I hope after she wins Gold for Ireland at the Olympics that she’ll say ‘It all started when my Dad use go running beside me when I was a young girl on my bike’ (truth be told, I use to run with Mia in the buggy when she was a baby also). Wishful thinking?! Perhaps – about the Gold medal I mean, of course she’s gonna big up her Papa!!
I pop Elle into the buggy making sure she can see me & her sister and she’s warm. She’s gonna be with me for the whole run so that’s important. In general, Elle wakes at 6am, and as a result she also has her nap while I’m running. Lastly, I also bring Noodles. He’s normally hanging off the side of the buggy running & tugging like a demon. Jesus he can make some crazy ass noises by tugging so much and with his big tongue flapping around, he looks like a mad yoke!
I get funny looks from people every day. Looks of approval, sometimes looks of shock. I’ve been stopped more times with people saying, ‘fair play to you’ or ‘you’ve got your hands full there’ to ‘great way to get your exercise in’ & my favourite ‘who said men can’t multitask, good man!’ I’m still trying to work out which grabs the attentions first, the beard, the buggy, the baby, the bike, the toddler or the dog!!
Are you interested in running with me? Just for fun and for encouragement. Any level welcome. If so, just buddy up with me on RunKeeper, leave a comment below & we’ll take it from there!