The reason I was faster after I had Faith was because I started taking running more seriously and babies are like tiny personal trainers. Now that Cordelia is here, she has taken over the role of doling out workouts for me.
On Monday I took everyone out for a run (both kids and the dog) and it started out as a peaceful run. I normally feed Cordelia, let her move around a bit on her exercise mat, change her diaper and then put her in the car seat for the run. This means she is just about ready for nap and cranky. I want her to nap when we run, but it makes the getting ready process difficult. My latest McGuyver parenting technique is working so far:
Step one: Assemble cranky baby.
|Mommy! This is unacceptable!|
Step two: Put on top of dryer and turn on low heat.
|Shake and Bake baby|
Step three: Blissful silence while you finish getting ready to run. That's a lie. There is nothing silent about getting a toddler and hound dog ready to run.
I've usually broken a sweat before we've even left the house.
Anyway, on Monday Cordelia was asleep when we left and when we were about a mile from home, she just starting screaming. I had to book it home as fast as I could go pushing that double stroller. When we got back inside and I picked her up, she stopped crying and smiled at me. "Mommy out of breath" is hilarious when you're 10 weeks old.
|You're out of shape Mommy|
Then today before I left for my run, Cordelia was fussy and I figured she'd drift off once we got going. Her fussing was escalating and once I got to the bottom of the big hill out of my neighborhood, I decided to turn around and go home since Cordelia was getting so upset. I pushed the heavy stroller up that big hill as fast as I could go...and when I got to the top that silly baby was sound asleep. Then I turned around and went back down that big hill and finished my run as planned. I guess the baby thought I needed some hill work?
Maybe Cordelia knew I was getting spoiled this week and that's why she made some of my workouts harder. I'm getting spoiled because my mother-in-law has been here all week because she came to help me out for my husband's first work travel since the baby arrived. Not only does she cook and feed me every night, she also made me dairy free cookies:
|I've eaten 12 times this amount already|
Faith has had someone to read her endless stories while I feed the baby and Cordelia is living the baby dream of being held almost all the time (between the 2 of us, she was rarely put down this week).
|Oh man, this is the life|
This post may make it seem like I sold Faith to the gypsies, but actually it's just that I have 30 pictures of a toddler blur. I either need a better camera or I should stop letting her eat so many of her Grandma's cookies.
Do you do hill and speed work on your own or do you need someone else (or a training plan) to tell you to do it?