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What Being Injured Is Giving Me

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I have to say that one thing being injured can give you is a lot of time to think. Sometimes this is a good thing - sometimes not so much. This year has been a tough one for me when it comes to injuries. The 5 month and counting hip injury really put a damper on my fitness goals this year. Then I got staph as soon as I was cleared to run. That set me back. Then the hip got super angry again, and now this (When Life Throws You A Curveball)

It's July ya'll, and I have only had a few weeks here and there this year of running consistently. It's been my worst year to date to deal with such issues. And mentally I was finally ready to run races. I had registered for both the Harrisburg and Hershey half this year. Well, we all know that's not going to happen. I'm still hobbling around in a boot. Thankfully, I was able to transfer those bibs through the registration system.

But, lately I couldn't help but wonder where does this leav…

Double Digit Jogging Stroller 10 Miles

If you've never run with a toddler, then let me fill you in a little. You have to bring a lot and I mean a lot of stuff. I had to pack the stroller (which involves taking the wheels off to get it to fit in the trunk). I needed the rain shield (just in case) we were away and it started raining. He needed several kinds of snacks. I needed water. He needed water. And I brought extra water because I knew it was going to be hot. I had to bring some diapers just in case. Once I finally got everything loaded, we drove down to the River Front.  And I'm thinking to myself, it would have been so much easier to just walk out the door and run. But I wanted to see what we could do with the jogger. He made it 7 miles on a run a few weeks ago. Surely he could make it 8 (which was the distance on my training plan today). 

Once we parked, I had to assemble the stroller and pack everything in it. Once I got him situated we were off. By about mile 3, I was struggling. For real?!? He was just fine and enjoying the scenery, but I was sucking wind bad. It was really humid today, and I'm not used to running in the warmer temps yet. I actually thought about turning around and making it a 6 mile run. But I kept going. 

Around 4ish miles, I decided that if I made it to 5, then I would have to make it 5 back, and we could actually make it to double digits. Of course a toddler's mood can change at any moment, but he was enjoying the cars, the geese and the squirrels. So we made a couple of loops around City Island to tack on some miles. 

He learned that if he moved his body back and forth (as if you were on a swing) that he could propel the stroller forward a little. So of course I had to speed up to keep up with him (ha). At times, he had me running  sub 9:00's. Overall for the run, my average pace was 10:43 running time. I was pleased with that. 

He ate a huge bowl of cheerios, a box of raisins and some pretzels before this run was over. He must have been fueling for both of us. I thought it was really sweet on our 3 miles back up the River to the car, since we were facing traffic, he was waving at everyone. It was cute to see this little hand sticking out waving at people. 

Overall, it was a good run. It was tough. But it's done. Our first Double Digit run together.





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  1. That's an awesome run! An extra workout with it, pushing the weight of the stroller :)

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    1. It was pretty cool to do with him. I'm not sure that I will make double digits a habit with the stroller. :) But it was a very nice feeling (once it was done) ;)

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  2. Im inspired! I may never make double digits, but Im going to the gym tomorrow. lol

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    1. :) I'm not sure how many double digits will be in my future, but I'm glad to know I could do it if I had to.

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  3. this is a tough task to move along joggler, you have to put hard work to run with it.

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