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The Training Run That Almost Didn’t Happen

With only two more weeks until my half marathon, I decided to go to bed super early Friday night.  I figured this would be the best way to ensure that I got up early enough to get my last LONG training run in.  By long I mean 16k  (if you’re following along with my training you may remember that last week I ran 14k – the longest training run that I’ve done in a good 7 years).

Let’s just say I had the best of intentions when I went to bed….

What I wasn’t counting on was the number of times that the little people that I live with would wake up and DEMAND my attention through the night:

  • Brooke (who wanted to sleep with mommy) woke up twice – her “jimmy legs” got the better of her, maneuvering her sideways in my bed, to the point she was lying perpendicular to me.
  • Amber woke up twice to be nursed back to sleep (Have I mentioned that she’s still almost exclusively breastfeeding?  You can run and beastfeed – though not simultaneously, that would be rather awkward).
  • Sierra – woke up the early because she had a great sleep, oblivious to everyone else’s fun night.
I was exhausted – but thankfully not nearly as tired as I could have been if I had stayed up until 11 as per my usual surfing the ‘net.  Oh! And it was cold and windy out, 44F, the coldest it’s been here since early May.
I was ready to bag my run, but I knew that this was do or die day – the LAST opportunity to get a long training run in before the race because hubby was leaving for a 1 week business trip later in the afternoon.
So I INFORMED him of my running intentions – his response was: “Can you take the baby with you?”

16k… PUSHING A JOGGING STROLLER?  ARE YOU NUTS?!!

But I thought about it for a moment… If I delayed my run a bit, and made sure she ate a good breakfast, and I nursed her before I went, I could very well push her for her ENTIRE morning nap.

So I gave it a shot.

At 9:45 I headed out for my run. Amby was fed and bundled, and I’d had a good relaxing morning with the girls. I took the double bike trailer that converts to a jogger because it would protect Amber from the cold and wind:

My little running buddy

I stuck close to home at first in case it was too cold for her, and in case she wasn’t in the mood to run, but after 3k she fell asleep.  I knew that I could probably get about 45 more minutes of running in, then perhaps I’d have to stop and nurse her in the cold, then continue running. So I kept on going and I got lucky – Amby slept while I ran 9 more kilometers.  She was grumpy when she got up, but at this point I knew that I could ignore her complaints for 20 min until we got home so I could nurse her in the warmth and comfort of home (rather than squeezing myself into the jogger in the cold to feed her).

I DID IT!

I ran 15.3k, in the cold and wind, pushing a double jogging stroller!  My pace was pretty good too…Perhaps breaking 2 hours in two weeks from now is a possibility?

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  • MyFitCoach
    October 2, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Holy cow! You are amazing! Way to go!

  • TaraBurner
    October 3, 2011 at 6:53 am

    you are my hero! I couldn’t have done that!

    • Janice - Fitness Cheerleader
      October 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm

      @TaraBurnertaraburner Awww thanks Tara 🙂 I LOVE YOU!

      • TaraBurner
        October 4, 2011 at 6:33 am

        <3 u too!

        You rock the house girl 🙂

  • Tara Burner
    October 3, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I couldn’t have done that! kudo’s to yoU!

  • apkussma
    October 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Well done! I wish there was a formula to convert kilometers pushing a jogging stroller to regular kilometers.

    • Janice - Fitness Cheerleader
      October 3, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      @apkussma Agreed! ALL but two of my training runs this past month were done with a jogging stoller!

  • taraburner
    October 4, 2011 at 6:35 am

    lovin @fitcheerldr perseverance “The Training Run That Almost Didn’t Happen”: http://t.co/IUUXN5N2

  • MyFitCoach
    October 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    @fitcheerldr thanks for the mention.

  • Motivation Monday: 1 Week Until My Half Marathon! | Fitness Cheerleader
    October 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    […] I’m really hoping that all of the training that I’ve done the past two months will get me through the race – it’s been really tough tying to find the time to get my training in as my husband has only been home 1 weekend in the past 6 weeks – I’ve had to run quite a bit pushing the double jogging stroller, including one 15.3k run! […]

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