Guest Blogger Luis Bueno
We have them. We care for them. We love them. We…. can’t run because of them?
Beloved offspring bring many things to their doting parents’ lives – unconditional love, endless supplies of bottles and diapers, introduction to new vocabulary words such as “binky” and “owie” – but an insurmountable obstacle to running should not be one of them.
If you are planning on having your first child, have a few young’ins crawling/walking/running around at home or have some older children long past the diaper stage, running does not have to be a part of the past, or something to take up again once the children turn 18.
If you are training or even considering training for any of The San Francisco Marathon’s events on July 29, 2012 with a child or children in your house, a few tried-and-true pointers on how to juggle children and 12-mile runs might be worth your time.
Embrace The ‘Mill
Hate to break it to you, but the treadmill can absolutely be a running parent’s best friend. Yes, a treadmill can be downright dreadful for the average runner but when faced with the choice of either running on the ‘mill or not running at all, there is not really much of a choice to make.
Gyms often have a place for workout-conscious parents to leave their children while they lift weights or take spin classes, so take advantage of the gym’s generosity and learn to love the treadmill. Now, the treadmill is not a great place to get your long runs in but for cranking out 3- to 6-mile midweek runs and, in particular, speed work the ‘mill serves a great purpose. Drop the kids off in the childcare portion of the […]