Chocolate: It's Why We Run

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Joining you all in spirit

I will be more than virtually joining you in your Tiffany-necklace quest on the 22nd! About the time you all are pounding up the hills in San Fran looking for chocolate, I'll be pushing my running stroller in Little Guy's first ever half-marathon. My next-door neighbor and I have committed to running "The Other Half" half-marathon in Moab, UT (home to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks) and received permission to run with our strollers and infants.

Needless to say, Husband thinks it's crazy to run a half-marathon pushing a stroller. I'm not sure that I totally disagree with him- as I've explained before here (I think) I just can't seem to figure out how to run with the thing without tripping or dying of exhaustion on any sort of uphill grade at all. However, running with my Little Guy and a single stroller seemed a perfect solution to my neighbor's original idea. She thought we'd take a girls' weekend of sorts to run the race- heading out to Moab with just the kids, meaning my little one, her adorable little baby girl, and her equally adorable 4 year old twins. Sounds fun until I realized the next part of her plan: We would each push a double stroller with 1 FOUR-YEAR-OLD twin and 1 baby. Remember again my earlier statement: I just can't seem to figure out how to run with a SINGLE stroller and little 5 month old infant without tripping or dying of exhaustion on an uphill. There is no doubt in my mind that the unlucky twin that ended up with me would be busy flagging down the sweep vehicle and EMTs after I had dropped to the ground somewhere in the first few miles.

My neighbor didn't quite comprehend my vision and thought we'd be fine. (Mind you, the woman is an amazing athlete and pushes a double running stroller like it's floating on air.) Luckily, we have convinced her mother to run the half as well, so now have a grandfather available to watch the twins and Husband is coming along too, so I'm off the hook and down to just pushing 1 child along.

I'm very much looking forward to the run- I can't quite call it a race as it will have to be very non-competitive. My neighbor and I rarely get the time we want to chat so it will be terrific to have a few hours on the road to do so. Only issue is that I will be huffing and puffing with that running stroller so she'll have to do the talking as she effortlessly runs along and I gasp in response. (There's also the "side" issue of what happens if Little Guy decides not to take a nice stroller nap like normal...) The course is beautiful with the red rocks and views. (Tons of movies and commercials are shot in Moab so you've actually "seen" the place before!) We're promised hot chocolate at the beginning of the race and beer at the end- very nice. Won't quite live up to my dreams of a chocolate mile and a Tiffany necklace, but it'll do for now, and it will be fun thinking of you all out running at the same time just one time zone away.

I do have one big request for you all. Could you please look closely at the finish and see if the half-marathoners get the same necklace as the marathoners? Good info for next year. (Is it not obvious that I am the one who started this whole thing by luring Cari in with the necklace? I'm obssesed!)

2 Comments:

Blogger Jaye said...

Yours, my dear, will be the more challenging race - kudos to you! You should see if the little ones get a medal, too! LOL! The very best to all of you on the 22nd! Keiko and I (we're still recruiting) are still training for our 1/2 in January in Phoenix. We're going to New Hampshire next weekend (8-9 October) to run amongst the fall foliage and stay at a B&B (inspired by Cari and my sister!). That should be fun!

5:46 AM  
Blogger Cari said...

Oh my. The longest I've run with a running stroller was 12 miles. And I vowed never to do that again. I know I should be encouraging you, so I'll just say GOOD LUCK!!! But you know you're superwoman and will do wonderful! I wonder if you can do a tri with the little ones ;)

8:33 PM  

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