I have been playing around with my running lately. I used to try to run a minimum of 3 miles anytime I went out. If I couldn’t get a full 3 miles in then I would have to do something else later, like go on a walk.
I was starting to feel like 3 miles wasn’t enough anymore. The biggest problem was that I would go out on a route that I knew was 3 miles and that was all I would run. I never went over that. I started to feel like the 3 miles wasn’t really doing anything for me anymore. I was still covered in sweat when I got done and was a little tired, but I kind of like to feel exhausted when I get done and I wasn’t.
I decided that I needed to be running a minimum of 5 miles. I don’t really have a lot of rhyme or reason for my decisions. Some may ask why not just up it to 4 miles? I don’t know. Maybe because 4 is an even number. Who knows.
Since Kamryn is still on her summer vacation, if I want to run outside, she has to ride her bike and I have to push Rory in a stroller. There is a nice little lake that just happens to have a 5 mile path around it that isn’t far from us that is perfect for running. No cars, a wide path and it’s almost completely flat.
I loaded up the bike and stroller and made my brother come with me (to push said stroller) and we were off. Kamryn was riding along and we were about a mile and a half in when she said she needed to stop. I asked her why since I knew she wasn’t tired. She said a bug flew in her ear. OK, fine – dig it out and let’s go!
We kept on going for about another half mile when Kamryn said she wanted to walk her bike for awhile. I let her take about 10 steps before insisting she get back on her bike. I raised the seat a bit on her bike because there are a couple of slight inclines that she needed a little more leverage to get up.
Dan had the idea of handing over the stroller to me (SUCK!) and running ahead with Kamryn so she could keep moving. Rory and I were running along and he kept pointing things out to me. I would respond with a “Uh-huh.” which pissed him off. He yelled, “MAMA, YOU GOTTA TALK!”
Well, shit, Rory, Mama is fucking tired from pushing you in your little chariot and I can’t really carry on a conversation with you right now! I only said it in my head.
We reached the 3 mile mark and Rory said he had to pee. I knew he was lying because I made him go right before we left. Before I continue, I have a little back story from this morning. Rory was playing in his room this morning and came up to me, a little too calmly and said “I pooped in my underwear.” I thought he may have sharted so I took a peek in his underwear and found a full on assault of his britches. He has never done that and I honestly had no idea what to do. It was all contained in his underwear, but I was at a loss as to how to get them off. I didn’t want it in the tub so I had him stand on the toilet, straddling the bowl. I shimmied them off with very little spillage. *Gag*
Back to the story. I was a little concerned that the events from the morning would come back to haunt me, but since Rory said he only had to pee, I knew he just wanted out of the stroller. There are disgusting port-o-potties all around the lake and each and every one has a sign on it warning you of snakes.
I told Rory that there might be snakes in there and he didn’t care, but I still knew he didn’t have to pee so I called his bluff and stopped at the next port-o-potty. The whole time I was getting Rory out of the stroller, I was warning him that there could be a rattlesnake in there. Instead of trying to scare my son into staying in the stroller, I should have been paying attention to what else could have been in the port-o-potty. Like a sweaty little Asian man!
First off, they put locks on there for a reason! Second, I was outside for a good minute talking about Rory going potty – he could have coughed or something! I shouted out, “OH! I’m sorry!” I threw Rory back in the stroller and took off. I told Rory that we were not stopping again.
We got about another 1/2 mile when Rory said he was going to poop in his underwear. Call me crazy, but I wasn’t buying it. I think enough time had passed and he was over the shock of the little man in the bathroom and he wanted to give it another shot. I told him he had to wait until we got done. I had a spare pair of underwear and shorts in case I was wrong, which I wasn’t.
We finally reached our 5 mile mark 54 minutes later and found Dan and Kamryn relaxing in the shade. Dan had his own struggles with keeping Kamryn going and he told me now he understood why I resisted running with both kids. I’m not saying I’ll never do it again, but the expectation has been lowered quite a bit. It kind of sucks when my runner’s high bursts like a bubble because of whining kids.