When do you get your run on? After a recent conversation regarding this very thing, my girlfriend Michelle and I thought up a great idea it might be to swap some running time while one of us moms hangs back with our kids at a park. Then, we could get the time without children to get our run on. It’s such a fabulous idea that I had to jump on it! One day a week, for thirty minutes, I’ll get time to run outside- and of course, so will my interested friends!
The trail we decided to do this run-swap on is right next to a local park we frequent which makes this plan doable. The only catch was that I had never actually gone on the trail and didn’t want to be left in the middle of the wilderness without knowing how to get out. Remember, I’m the paranoid lady? So, Michelle and I decide that today we would walk the trail with all of our kids- that way we can get a feel for it together and then have some park play time.
Oh dear. Whose idea was it to include seven children (her four and my three) on a 2 1/2 mile walk… On a dirt trail… That was sometimes slushy muddy because, duh, it rained last week? Um, yeah, that would be me.
I can’t stop laughing. It was such a bad idea. Kids are, to put it mildly, not long distance walkers. Unless you don’t mind some whining occasionally, and the very frequent pit stop stops, I guess they can be made into 2 1/2 miles walkers…
Luckily Michelle said she would still be my friend when we finally reached the park.
Thank you camera phone for letting me capture our adventure:
I know you’re wondering where all the kids are- well two are in my stroller (which is behind me), two are in her stroller and three more are right behind that double stroller climbing the trail trying to catch up with us. If there wasn’t so much fatigue, mud, and tears, I might have tried to include everyone. I’d like to say I’ll have another opportunity to get that picture, but as of right now- it’s not likely.