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Half Marathon Training With a Toddler

I’m back!  It’s been a long time… we traveled to Minneapolis to visit my sister and unfortunately, she was sick the entire time, so we missed the lake cabin we were supposed to go to.  It was still a nice trip to see them anyways.

On to running!

I’ve been base building for my half marathon in September for several months and am now starting to get some longer distances in there too.  Since the last time I trained for a half marathon was before I was pregnant, I now have a permanent running buddy and with that, there are some new challenges to overcome.

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Half Marathon Training

Throughout this training, I have run 3 times a week.  I thought that was realistic with our life, my body, and keeping Aiden happy.  I wanted to give myself one day in between each run in the beginning when I was training for a 5k back in April and May and have stuck with that since.

I typically run on Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays.  For the weekday runs, I run with Aiden in the BOB stroller and the Saturday run, I run solo. Since I have gotten comfortable with the 5k distance easily, I have been running 3-4 miles on the weekdays and then a longer run on Saturdays that goes up incrementally every two weeks.   For example, I ran 5 miles for two weeks, then went up to 6 miles for two weeks and so on.  I plan on doing an 11 mile run as my longest run before the half marathon.  I had plenty of time until my half marathon, so that made it simple for me.

I absolutely love walking in the mornings with Aiden in the jogging stroller, so on the mornings I don’t run, I generally walk 3 miles.  I try to cross train another 1-2 days a week by either doing a T25 workout or lifting weights at the gym.  Honestly, I was doing better at getting these in earlier in the summer than I am now.  I figure that the gym and indoor workouts will always be there and walking outside in the dewy mornings will soon come to an end.

I am able to run the Saturday morning distance just fine, so I figure what I’m doing is working for me.

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Finding Time To Do The Long Run

David is also marathon training right now, so our Saturday mornings are booked up.  Luckily, he loves getting up at 4:45 am to get started and he’s done around 7:15 am.  We do a quick trade off with Aiden and I start my run.  This has worked great for several months now, but unfortunately, with my longer distances, it’s getting too warm to start running at 7:15 am, so I think we’re going to alternate Saturday and Sunday mornings for the next month or so until it cools off later in the mornings (which will be in no time at all).  I’m happy how long we made it doing it this way – no one likes doing a long run on Sunday.

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Keeping Aiden Happy

I’ve been lucky how much Aiden tolerates riding in the jogging stroller.  He does really well in there for up to an hour.  Recently, I purchased the snack tray for the BOB stroller to give him his breakfast during our run/walks.  By the time we get ourselves ready in the mornings and then eat breakfast, it would be too hot to go, so this saves a lot of time and occupies him on the ride too.  I think it works like a charm!

Questions:

What is your best tip for running with kids?

Have you run a half marathon before?

Are you running now?

 

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My name is Ali Damron & this is my home for sharing my chaotic motherhood lifestyle, attempts at newfound recipes, & how I stay fit out here in Denver, Colorado. Thanks for stopping by!