If riding a bike is like running and pushing 30lbs of toddler.
I haven’t run with Zain in the jogging stroller since before the Iron Girl Half Marathon. Between having to take time off to let my foot/ankle heal and then making a slow return to running, I’ve been avoiding the extra resistance on my runs for 3 weeks now by running outside alone or on the treadmill. I was nervous about taking Zain out in the stroller today because I was afraid I’d lost all my stroller running skills.
I’m happy to report I made it through 6 slow pain-free miles. I didn’t lose my stroller running strength. I figured I’d have to walk most of the hills, but I didn’t need to. I just walked one big one in the middle of the run and powered through the rest. Zain was happy as can be to be out for a run again, especially because there is some new construction going on along our route. That meant he got to see lots of backhoes – to him every type of construction equipment is a backhoe (not that I know the difference myself). He had to say “hi backhoe!” to all of them.
Another cute thing he noticed was that in front of an office building we run past, they put new flowers in their big flower pots. There used to be yellow flowers and now, there are red ones. Zain kept saying “where go? where yellow?” Of course, yellow is pronounced “yeh-yo.” He’s so entertaining and I missed his company on my runs, even though I didn’t miss the added resistance!
Over the weekend, I was supposed to run a 5K. It was another race in our neighborhood which is obviously quite convenient. I ended up deciding not to run it to be on the safe side with my foot so I gave my bib to hubby. It was pretty small race that benefited the music department at the local high school. Hubby did awesome, finishing in 25:40. The winner was a high school cross-country student that finished in 16:30. Crazy fast!
I definitely could have run it since I was able to go for a nice 7 mile run on Sunday, but I wanted to actually try to race it, not just finish it. I don’t think I’m ready to push myself yet since I’m just getting over my injury.
This weekend, hubby will be doing the Warrior Dash (a mud race with obstacles). I was supposed to do this one as well, but I’m still trying to “take it easy” and I don’t think crawling on the ground and climbing over walls is the best idea. I look forward to more spectating though!