As soon as my kids were able to support their heads (about 3-4 months), I had them in the jogger every day. This was their first introduction into the sport of running. Sure, they were usually napping, but as they grew and stayed awake on our runs, it became an outdoor adventure. I remember pretending I was going to drive them into the bay on our Tampa route, or we’d stop at the top of the bridge in Charleston and look for sharks. I would push the double jogger in races, make the kids bibs, and bring medals to give them once we crossed the finish line (pictured is our babysitter giving my son, 3, a medal – priceless) . Luckily, they loved our runs as much as I did, because it was a fun routine and they didn’t really have a choice :).
We spend a lot of time thinking about how to get ready for a race. Months and months are spent thinking about how to log the appropriate amount of yards swimming and/or miles cycling and running. What is the best distance for a long run? How do I do a ‘tempo’ run? What exactly is speed work? When should I take a walk breaks? However, we rarely think about our ‘taper’ before the race. More importantly how to stay sane during this time period right before your race.
There are so many races out there, how in the world can you choose which one to enter? Over the years I’ve signed up for races for all different reasons. Currently I’m stuck trying to decide which one to run to requalify for Boston. I’m hoping that by going through my criteria, I’ll make a decision!