I just posted last week about my introduction to double stroller running and how it hasn’t been easy. Since I know it’s not easy, you’d think I would plan better than to do a silly thing like go for a 10 mile run with that beast. Not so much.
My husband and I planned to run together with the kids Saturday morning at a local park for a change of scenery. The park (Lake Elkhorn for my local readers) has a path that connects to the Patuxent Branch Trail. I’ve been running at this park for years and I didn’t know that. I had seen the part where the path splits off, but I didn’t know where it went so I never explored it.
It’s a really nice mostly paved path that runs along the Little Patuxent River. It’s not what would be considered real “trail running” because the path is paved, but it was such a nice change to run through the woods instead of on a neighborhood sidewalk. The paved path turned into a crushed gravel path at one point; luckily it was pretty smooth so it was fine with the stroller. We did slow it down a bit to be on the safe side.
I pushed the stroller for the first 4 miles, then hubby took a turn. He said, “Wow, this is really hard!” Um, obviously. I took the stroller back from him at mile 6 and I pushed the kids the rest of the way. It’s obvious who is the stronger one in this family :).
At mile 8, we were still 2 miles from the car when Zain said he needed to use the potty……so my kid got a chance to poop in the woods for the first time. That was fun.
The last 2 miles of the run were pretty tough because I wasn’t exactly prepared for a 10 mile run. My longest run recently had been 5 miles so yeah, 10 miles was a bit of a jump, especially with the double stroller.
It was a tough run but it felt like a great accomplishment to hit double digits again – for the first time since the More Fitness Half – and to go on a long run as a family. That was Ezra’s first long run and he did great – it helps to start them young!
Sunday, we started hubby’s Father’s Day celebration off with another family run. I didn’t feel like much of a recovery run pushing the stroller, but the miles do go by quicker running together. We also hit the gym for some strength training. I am TERRIBLE about sticking with a strength training routine, but I know I need to do it, especially being injury prone.
Monday was a much needed rest day. Today, I only ran 3 solo miles, but it was tough. The heat and humidity really slowed me down. I need to work on running earlier in the morning when it’s cooler, but it’s so hard to drag myself out of bed early after a night of broken sleep. My kids will let me sleep at night again at some point, right?