Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Importance of a Sports Bra and a Jogger That Will Go Straight

Today was a day when I really felt like I had to get out and go for a run.  Perhaps it is because I went to a sushi buffet.  I didn't overdo it, I had 8 pieces, but I could have eaten a lot more.  I also had some salad and sweet and sour chicken.  It was super good. 

I made dinner for a family who just had a new addition born.  I dropped it off at about 5:45 pm and then went for my run.  I brought my whole family with me.  They like to play at the park while I push the baby in the jogger. 

I figured I would attempt a 3 mile run.  I got out and within the first few steps, I realized I had forgotten a very important piece of apparel when going running.  I did NOT put on a sports bra.  I am a nursing mom.  I wear nursing bras.  I put the sports bra on over it.  Not this time.  I told my husband, when he caught up with me, that I had forgotten the sports bra.  He laughed.  He knew the predicament I had gotten myself into.  I was sure that by the first time around the 2/3 mile loop, the nursing bra would have come undone on both sides. 

I couldn't announce that we were all going to go home, as I knew that would cause great weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.  My children would not appreciate that their time on the playground had disintegrated into nothing. 

I thought, I will run one time around.  I decided after the first time around, that I should at least finish 2 miles.  That is what I did.  It was one of the least comfortable runs I have gone on, in a long time.  I do think it will serve as a reminder to make sure I have put on all the required pieces of clothing next time.

To make matters worse, the jogger's front tire would not hold any air for a long time.  I decided on Monday to buy a new inner tube for it.  I replaced the inner tube in the stroller with the new one.  The tire would now hold air.  I was super excited.  Later that evening, I decided to take the baby for a jog.  We made it a few minutes, before my stomach was in a great deal of pain, and I realized that the jogger would not go straight if my life depended on it.

The jogger pulls hard right.  It only takes a few steps before I have moved quickly to the right.  I came home and decided that I should tighten the left side of the front tire.  It seemed that would make the tire more straight.  I took it running last night.  I was wrong.  It still has a hard pull to the right.

Tonight I took it again, figuring I would just keep correcting it.  That gets incredibly tiresome.  I ran a lot with the jogger only on the back wheels.  That kept the stroller going straight, but it takes more energy than I really want to exert.  I have to figure out what to do, or I am going to have to see about finding a good, secondhand jogger.  Who knew that replacing an inner tube could cause so much trouble!  I guess I should have just kept running with it flat, it was easier that way!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Running at Jensen Park and Running With a Friend

The last two days I have run for a total of 81.5 minutes while pushing my daughter in the jogger.  I am not sure exactly how many miles I have covered.  My FitBit has it at around 7-8 miles.  I did some walking afterward, and since I can't look down my shirt at my bra in public, I don't know for sure what the distance is.  I am leaning much closer to 7 than 8 though.  I know I am not doing a 10 minute mile pushing my daughter in the jogger.

Jensen Park is where I ran my first race after having my baby.  The race was last year in April or May.  My children, my husband and I have been back there a few times.  There are ducks to feed, which the children enjoy.  My two older children, my husband also did the 4 miles.  I was very proud of them.

I went back there yesterday to do a run.  Since I have no idea where the mile markers start and which directions I am supposed to do, I decided to just run.  The first time I looked down, I had been running for almost 23 minutes.  I told myself that I would run for 30 minutes.  When I hit 30 minutes, I figured I could run for 36 minutes, which would put me near 3 miles.  At 36 minutes, I thought, why not push it to 50 minutes so I would have run right around 4 miles, give or take a little. 

The run was beautiful.  It was a little cool to start out the run.  My daughter enjoyed seeing the ducks as we walked to where I was going to start.  As I was running, she started talking.  I can't understand a lot of what she says yet, but I knew that she would say "bird" when she saw one.  She also started saying "bye" at random points.  I don't know if she was saying "bye" to grass or birds or me.  She may have just been enjoying hearing herself talk.  I was surprised she didn't fall to sleep. 

After the run, I took a little walk and then went back to the van where I had some Cheerios.  We got them out and started to throw it for the ducks.  There was one duck, in particular, that wanted to stare my daughter in her eyes.  It was invading her personal space, so she would back up.  The duck would then take a few steps forward.  The duck was literally eye-to-eye with her.  My daughter would back up a little and it would step forward.  When my daughter started to shake, I decided it was time to finish feeding them.  I would throw the Cheerios as far as they would go to try to get the ducks to move back.  There were probably 20 of them.  The one that liked my daughter a lot would only go for the ones close by.  I threw some a few feet from it and then my daughter and I walked back to the van.

Today I went running with a friend and her daughter.  Her baby will be one next week.  She was pushing her daughter in a jogger and I was pushing mine.  The children seemed to enjoy seeing each other during the run. This is the first time I have run with her.  She is a friend from church.  We were supposed to run last week but it had gotten cold and I didn't want our children to get sick being in the cold for a while. We ran one of the trails for 15 minutes and some odd seconds in one direction and then back, for a total of about 31.5 minutes.  She is faster than me.  I am still trying to get used to running with a jogger.  I did enjoy the run though. 

The only other people I have ever run with is my sister and my brother.  It is nice to have found a friend to run with.  Since my sister moved away, I think it is important to try to find friends, because it would be really easy for me to just stay at home and to myself.  I think that it will also help me to become a better runner.  I have always believed that if you run with someone better than you, it will help you to get better.  I hope that I will get faster.  I am starting to enjoy running again.  I guess it takes a while to get back to that point where you look forward to a run. 

It is fun to hear my daughter talking about/to the nature that is around her.  She is definitely an outdoors person.  I am happy that I am running with the jogger.  It gives her and I time to soak in some Vitamin D together.  I think she will remember these times as she gets older, if I keep it up.  I always hope to have my children run with me someday. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

It Has Been a Little While

I haven't written in a bit.  That isn't because I haven't run, it is because I was trying to balance time between running, taking care of a sick toddler and life.  I just didn't sit down to blog about the runs.  I ran with my toddler in her jogger for FOUR miles.  I skipped from two to four miles with the jogger.  It added about a minute per mile.  She enjoyed it for a little while.  The run was on April 24, so it has been a week.  She enjoyed seeing all the birds that would take flight or just hop around.  She is a real nature lover.

I ran 2/3 of a mile, or a little bit more on Saturday.  My throat was just hurting too bad to try to continue at all.  I didn't want to push myself into illness, especially having a sick little one.  That morning, was an earlier morning than most Saturdays.  My husband, my toddler, and I , brought my brother-in-law to the airport and then headed to the Primary Children's Hospital.  She had to get blood work done and a throat swab.  I have received all good news from that blood work.

She seems to be doing better.  I had scheduled a run with a friend from church this morning.  I didn't realize that it would be in the 30s at the time we were supposed to run.  We would be both pushing our youngest child in a jogger.  She has a baby who is less than one.  I decided I should cancel that run.  I didn't want her little one, or mine, to get sick.  My toddler is just now starting to feel well again.  I am hoping it is lasting!  I hope to run later this evening, but if not, it will be tomorrow. 

I am planning to do a 10K this summer, instead of a half-marathon.  I think I will be doing a lot of my running with the baby in the jogger, and I just don't think I could get enough mileage under my belt doing that to attempt a half-marathon.  I figure I will wait until she is a little older. 

With that being said, I hope if you are a runner, the weather is good for you!