How to Have Zero-Family-Guilt Long Runs (v.01)

I have been trying to incorporate my children (10 & 6) into my training for this year's Ultraman.

One thing I have been doing for the long runs is taking my six year old daughter along. So far we have managed to do this for up to two hour runs. This is how we pull it off. This works so well, that I needed to share it.

What you will need:

  • Scooter

  • A parent that doesn't mind getting "looks" from people

  • Something to tie to the scooter to pull. I have used a neck scarf and now use a body elastic weight band.

  • A child that would rather be outside than in.

  • Helmet for the child!

  • Running book bag

  • Chocolate cake 

Instructions:

  1. Plan out a run route that has long sections of pavement without the need to cross the street. The Thames path is perfect in London and running along the Hudson is perfect for NYC.

  2. Plan the run so that you can finish near a cafe so you can have some cake and hot chocolate.

  3. Bring a snack, water, and clothing options. During this past long run, we learned that it's not wise to run through a puddle :)

  4. I tie the body elastic band to the scooter and basically run. I have about 5 feet between us. 

  5. Communicate when you are stopping, turning left, or right.

  6. Expect a couple of spills, but that is normal.

  7. Don't use any headphones, the point is to be together and talk. It's also not safe.

The Positives

  • You can do your long runs without feeling guilty.

  • You get to have memorable moments with your kids while training.

  • It makes the long runs much more enjoyable.

  • Adds resistance. 

The Negatives

  • There is a lot of start and stop until you get your stride.

  • You will probably need to stop more frequently for potty breaks and snacks.

  • Sometimes they just want to go home.