I remember my mom saying that if she didn’t get me to the park a few times a day when I was a baby, she felt guilty. Until I became a mom myself, I thought it was silly to worry about such a thing since, as far as I can tell, it didn’t have a lasting impact on me. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s important for kids to spend as much time playing outside as possible, but this morning I finally understood the mommy guilt. My plan was to run half my long run with Baby A, stop for a good romp at the playground, feed him a snack, then finish my run. However, I didn’t even get into a groove until mile 3 and the thought of stopping then having to do more after a break sounded horrible, so I kept running. Around mile 5 Baby A started fussing so we headed toward the playground but again I decided to add another loop and try to stretch it to 7 miles before stopping so I could simply enjoy my walk home. At mile 6 I looked down and he had fallen asleep. Before we even got to the playground. Poor baby.
In the end, it all works out okay. I completed my long run, he is still sleeping peacefully in his stroller and we’ll have plenty of time for playing outside later.
the workout: 7 mile run, 9:35 min/mi average, 664 calories