If you’ve read this blog before you’ll know that much of my weekend mileage, except over the winter, is done with one of my daughters riding in our Chariot stroller. Today was no exception.
When I set out with my three year-old this morning I didn’t really have a plan in mind other than to get in an easy run. I didn’t want to push too hard because I am running a 10 km race in the morning.
Not long after we got going the run turned into an unexpected workout when my daughter said she wanted to get out and run with me, something she has never said before.
After a couple of kilometers of running around our neighbourhood as per usual I Suddenly found myself running with an empty Chariot and my daughter running alongside me.
Fortunately one of the main streets close to our house is closed to traffic Sunday mornings over the summer so cyclists and runners can enjoy it. This left us with plenty of room so I didn’t have to worry about traffic or pedestrians along the sidewalk.
After a couple of turns out of the stroller, and several walk breaks, my daughter decided that was enough and I loaded her back into her seat for good and we headed home. Overall I managed to cover 8 km. I am not sure how far my daughter covered but it was certainly enough to tire her out.
While it wasn’t what I expected from this morning’s run it certainly made an easy paced run more fun and I am sure I will get more requests to do the same next time we go out.
If you have read this blog for any period of time you’ll know that many of my weekend runs involve taking my daughter on adventures in her Chariot. Since buying it two years ago we have covered many kilometers around the city with it. It has been a great addition to my running as it allows me to spend more time with my daughter and allows my wife to sleep in on the weekends.
I had not run with the stroller since we stored it in my in-laws garage last fall. Last night we had it delivered to our house and this morning I took my daughter out for her first run of the year. The first thing I noticed once we got going was that I had not run with the Chariot in a while. Part of that was likely due to the windy conditions this morning and also due to the fact that my daughter is now nearly 3 years-old, a big difference from when I started taking her with me at 6 months.
The plan for today was a 25 km (16 mile) run. We got started fairly early morning so not to disrupt the whole day with the run. Whereas it now takes more effort to push my daughter since she is bigger it is also more fun because she is more interactive than the previous two years I took her running with me, taking note of the scenery along the way, singing and telling me to keep going when I stop for a break.
With the windy conditions making it a tougher run with he Chariot this morning, I completed 22.5 km before dropping my daughter at home and completing the remaining 2.5 km on my own. The combination of running with the Chariot and the wind made this morning’s run feel tougher than last weekend’s 32 km (20 mile) effort.
Here are the details on this morning’s run…
Now for something I have not yet done on here before, I thought I would make mention of the craft beer I bought to enjoy after today’s run was over. Yesterday I picked up a bottle of the Legendary Muskoka Spring Oddity since it looked like something fun to try.
For those who are familiar with Belgian beer, this one is like a Leffe Blonde both in taste, fruity and spicy, and in potency, 8% alcohol. It was a good choice to help me recover from today’s run. For those of you who have access to Ontario beer I would recommend grabbing one if you have the chance .