So last week I did my workout outside for the first time. It felt good but strange too. That same day I went up metro a ways and borrowed a BOB Jogging stroller too, with the intentions of trying it out with little goat. And then it got cold, and rainy, and it may or may not have snowed a bit (in MAY) (I'm in denial).
But today the sun was shining all day and I knew it was time to put on my big girl shoes and try it out. My fears were there. What if he through a fit halfway out and we had to fight the whole way back? What if he needed a diaper? (I realized 10 minutes in that I hadn't brought any baby supplies - oops). But after dinner I changed into my workout wear, strapped little goat in the BOB, and took off down the neighborhood.
I quickly realized several things:
1. The BOB is an awesome stroller in general. It has a high stance and a long stride. And it is comfortable for little goat. Score.
2. I am not yet an accomplished enough runner to jog with a stroller. I attempted it several times but my arms felt too short to get my stride where I wanted it and still be able to hold onto the stroller. I'm not sure if I was doing something wrong, or I just have short legs and arms, but running with it was way awkward and it made it hard to focus on my run. So my walk/run turned into a walk.
3. But that is ok because I got out there and walked with my son. We went for 44 minutes for 2.29 miles, which isn't a horrible pace all things considered. (I actually walk faster outdoors than I do on the treadmill naturally). And for a treat we stopped for half an hour at the playground down the road from our house at the end of the walk. He had fun, I had fun, and I conquered my fears.
There was a lot I liked about being able to workout with the toddler in tow. I might have walked longer but he definitely indicated that his patience was wearing out, but since it took nearly 35 minutes for that to happen I think it is still a win. And I felt a little bit like supermom. I was exercising, setting a good example for my son, and he was outside and enjoying the beautiful weather. Go us!
Now if only a BOB weren't so expensive I would better be able to consider the investment for our exercising together, but they are expensive! So if there are any patrons out there who want to get us one.... Hint Hint?... No? Ok, so moving on.
Since I realized I can't really run I'll have to try walking with little goat in our stroller, but I'm not sure how well that will go. But I learned a lot and conquered another exercise fear of mine. And now the baby is in bed and Glee is calling. And I have earned every second of it tonight.