Today was the last straw. I will quit running before I run with the boys in the double stroller again anytime soon. What’s that you ask? You want to know why? Well, let me just give you my two (Yes there are only 2) reasons I’m going on this little strike.
1) It is an absolute
mad house zoo three-ring circus getting all three of us ready to go.
I have to wrangle the boys, get them dressed, get socks & shoes put on them, get my contacts in, put my running clothes & shoes on, pour sippies of something to drink, pack a snack for the boys, grab the blankies, grab some small toys, put jackets on the boys, open the garage and push the double stroller out, close the garage, grab all the above mentioned crap, shoo the boys out the door, grab my keys and iPhone, get the boys buckled into the stroller, hand out all their “goodies”, get my headphones in ears, turn on the iPod, and start my Joglog.
2) Getting them to sit still and just enjoy the ride AT THE SAME TIME is next to impossible.
I am still at the point that running is a challenge for me. I can usually run 2 or 2.5 miles and consider it an easy run. BUT I need to focus, concentrate on breathing correctly. NOT GONNA HAPPEN WITH THE MUNCHKINS. EVER. This is my 2 mile run on a typical day.
9:00—Start running (Goes pretty smoothly until the snack is gone.)
9:13—Help 17mo find his sippy cup
9:15—Pick up said sippy cup out of the street 17mo threw it into & put it in the cup holder with me so he can’t throw it again.
9:15-9:23—17mo throws a fit for the sippy cup.
9:23—17mo finds his blankie & all is well with the world.
9:25—3yo asks me the 3,564th question since we began the run. I answer the question only to get the 3,565th question of the run.
9:26—Turn the iPod up to tune out the incessant question asking by the 3yo. (Yes, I do this & I don’t care if you think it is mean. You aren’t there. You don’t know. And the questions are NEVER important. And I can still hear him if by some chance is ever was important. He just thinks I can’t hear him.)
9:29—Tell 3yo to stop messing with his brother.
9:30—Tell 3yo to stop messing with his brother in a stronger tone.
9:31—Stop my run, look into 3yo’s eyes, and tell him to stop messing with his brother or we aren’t playing outside when we get home.
9:35—Stop my run to pick up the train 17mo has thrown in the street.
9:41—Again with the questions
9:44—17mo hits 3yo—crying ensues
9:46—Return home vowing to NEVER run with the boys again.
So, be honest. Do you blame me? My new plan is to go on my runs as soon as my husband gets home from work. Ahhh, nice, peaceful runs. The absolute bliss.