“I’m so glad I don’t have to lift anything heavy today.”
Andy was making dinner when he said that. We were having an early Easter dinner — just the four of us (Mads always sits at the table with us, even if she doesn’t eat the same food). The plan was to beat the heat by eating, taking the kids to the playground, THEN doing our endurance WOD.
It seemed like a good idea in theory.
Reflecting on what actually happened, I realize we kept the kids up way too late. Plus, I was so focused on me and MY performance, I forgot how important it is to include the kids. They’re not just passive riders — they want to play, too.
20 seconds on; 10 seconds off x distance
total distance: 2 miles
It was Easter, and Zilker Park was absolutely crazy. There were families EVERYWHERE, with picnic sites set up that seemed more like living rooms than park areas. Stereos were pounding, and off in the distance, a drum circle was going. And going. And going. I started to wonder what exactly the drummers were high on, because it didn’t stop for the entire time we were there.
We made our way to the trail, which was busy, but since the weather was so beautiful and there was a cool breeze, I wasn’t surprised. After we finished our first mile, Luke wanted to get out and run with us. I was in runner mode, and I resisted. But Andy yanked me back into mom mode with a few poignant looks. Luke eventually jumped back in the stroller.
I didn’t do as well as I would have liked. Pushing the stroller and trying to sprint is really hard. It’s difficult to get up to speed quickly. We’ll revisit this one at a later date, but hopefully there will be less traffic on the trail.
In case you do sprints like this on a busy trail (with or without a stroller), here are Andy’s rules:
- Run in really fast, in short bursts
- Don’t stop on a hill — continue sprinting!
- Don’t stop right in front of someone you just passed
And my rule:
- Don’t get caught behind bikes and dog leashes. Sprint as fast as you can to get around those people.
- Use the stroller to your advantage. People WILL get out of your way.
This was my last WOD before my recovery week. All this week I’m doing active stuff, but I’m not working out. I’ll return to my workout schedule on Saturday with one of my gym’s free community workouts (plus one at home). Maybe I’ll see you there!