Today I took a little field trip. My youngest (an 8-month-old) and myself took a drive into Guelph for my long run. I usually do my long runs on the lonely country roads that surround my little town, but I don’t normally bring the youngsters with me. I love their company, I just don’t love pushing the running buggy down the gravel shoulders as scary big trucks roll by. I mapped out an “in-town” route that would keep me close to civilization, as well as safely away from harm while pushing the baby. Win-Win, I say!
I started to get a bit nervous about the run as we arrived at my planned parking spot. “Is it too cold for the wee one?” “Will he cry and cry?” Ah, well. I decided that I would just have to overcome my fears of pushing him on this cold beautiful morning as my long run awaited, and I could always bail if things got too tough, right? We headed out, and it was lovely. I didn’t have to worry about carrying a water bottle, gels or any of that junk we tote around on long runs…I had it all organized in this handy running stroller!! I even carried luxury items like my cell phone and cash!
I ran past:
-2 elementary schools
-around an entire university
-through 2 parks
-1 shopping mall
-only ONE Tim Hortons.
I thought that last one was amazing. Only one on a run that was 14 miles long!
As for the baby…he slept, well, ‘like a baby,’ almost the entire time. He was cozy in a snow suit and hat, and I had added the protective “bubble” (plastic cover for the stroller). I checked on him a few times, but it was more for my peace of mind than anything else. He made a few little blabbers as we hit the last mile stretch, but I will gladly bring him along to “see the sights” of another town anytime!
Perhaps it was because I wasn’t running super-fast due to the companion I had along for the ride, or perhaps it was the shiny, sunny day, but I really could have added more miles to this run with no problems…the miles flew by with all of the refreshing new sites I was taking in. It is nice to change things up from time to time!