Yesterday I went on my longest run yet with Z. I have avoided taking him on my long runs this Spring for three reasons – the weather hasn’t always been great, I didn’t know if he would want to sit in the stroller that long and I didn’t know if I could handle running with the stroller for a longer distance than 3 or 4 miles. The farthest I’ve taken him so far was 5 miles.
I wanted to get my long run out of the way yesterday because we have a busy weekend ahead of us. I set out to run at least 8 miles, but I was hoping to make it to 10. The first 5 miles were a bit tough. I kept having to remind myself that I’ve run 5 miles with Z before so I knew I could do it. The difficulty of the run was more mental than it was physical. I knew I could do it, but I was doubting myself. Around mile 5 was when my Long Run Legs kicked in and I started to feel like I could really finish out my run.
I was really happy with my pace considering how far I ran pushing Z – an average of 10:32 per mile. I purposely started out slower than I normally would with the stroller so I wouldn’t wear myself out too quickly. My fastest mile was 9:59 for mile 4 and my slowest was 11:06 for mile 5. That would be because mile 4 was lot of downhill then I turned around and had to do a whole lot of uphill during mile 5! My time was 1:45:31, only 6 minutes slower than my time running 10 miles alone – not bad!
The biggest problem with going on such a long run with Z is that I’m limited to smaller area where I can run because I need to stay on the sidewalk. When I’m alone for my long runs, I run on the shoulder of the road to get in some of my mileage and I can’t do that with the stroller. I really hate having to re-run parts of my route during my long runs because I get bored running in the same loop. I was able to run the 10 miles with only overlapping a small section of my route thankfully.
So now that you know I made it through physically, you’re probably wondering – how did a 15 month old little boy stay content in the stroller for 1 hour and 45 minutes? Z was truly such an angel. He happily took in the sights and babbled to me all 10 miles. He didn’t fuss at all until about mile 8. At that point, I considered that we may have to end our run then which would have been fine, but all he wanted was a sip of water from his sippy cup and he was good to go. He did get a little antsy around 9.5 miles, but once I gave him a new toy, he was happy again. I’m one lucky mommy to have such a great little running buddy :).
I’m not sure if I’d take him past 10 miles, partially because it was hard work running that long with the stroller and also because I don’t know that Z would want to be stuck in the stroller much longer. If we ever run farther, we’ll probably have to take a break for him to run around and stretch out his legs. I think it would also help if my husband was there too so at least we could entertain him together.
I’m really proud of myself for running so far with Z. As hard as it was, it was really nice to have my favorite running partner with me for a long run. My legs are really feeling it today though!