Here I am on the summer holidays. I’m seeking inspiration and a bit of confidence. I need to get out with all three monkeys, for a bit more than a stroll to the library or the park for an ice cream. So, I have been reviewing some old posts to tidy them up and improve now that I have half a clue about blogging. This one shows me just how far I have come so far. First published in November 2015.
Finding alone time: Impossible!
So lets be honest, I’m breast feeding and my alone time is limited. I could use this as an excuse not to get out, but I can’t as I have invited you people into my life. So now I need to come up with a workable plan.
Running with my monkeys is the only option. I have decided that I need to incorporate my return to running into my day to day acivities. The other option would be to get up at 5am and that isn’t happening (even though I have resorted to this in the past).
If this is going to be successful my first step needs to be small. Very very small. I was going to suggest that three times a week I put on my trainers and go and stand by the front door. This is most definitely achievable. But not really achieving anything. So what is it going to be? When I think about training with my monkeys it makes a lot of sense.
Top Monkey and Middle Monkey have so much energy that at times I have no option but to run. There have been occasions, in recent years, that a sprinting toddler has headed for a busy road at break neck speed. The natural instinct to save my offspring from sudden death under a bus has taken over. Ultimately though, I want my monkeys to be fit and healthy too.
The school run, the perfect opportunity (or is it?)
With three school runs per day required this school year, this would be an obvious place to start. We live a mile and a half from the school, a manageable distance, however, this can be fraught with difficulties. For example, the week before the autumn half term was Walk to School Week. It did not begin well.
We met up with our friends to walk together. We believed we had timed it perfectly. Sadly we were wrong, who would have thought that time would need to be factored in for a repeated argument relating to the game “I Win”! I hate this game. It usually involves one Monkey (TM) running to an undefined point and shouting “I Win”. Another monkey (MM) unaware that he had even been challenged to a race, would then descend into an undignified tantrum and storm off in the opposite direction. This happened several times on the trip to school until we were so late that I was required to load MM into the pram with BM and run as fast as I could to the school dragging TM behind me.
By the time we got there I was sweating as though I had run a marathon and I resembled a large tomatoe. Although I was determined to see it through, Walk to School Week continued in a similar vein every day until the final day. Unable to walk in the morning we chose to walk home.
…it was apparent that something had gone very very wrong
All was well and relaxed as we had all the time in the world to walk home that day. Approximately, half a mile from the end of our walk one of the monkeys walking with us declared his need for the toilet. I have chosen to preserve the dignity of said monkey and not name him, as of course everything lives forever on the internet.
Unwilling to go in the bushes, he chose to carry on ahead, without any suggestion of the impending disaster. Meters from the end of the walk, he froze, it was apparent that something had gone wrong. Very wrong. As we approached, he sheepishly disclosed that he had sadly attempted to break wind and filled his pants. In that moment the anxiety and pressure of Walk to School Week was released. It summed up the entire experience in one involuntary bowel movement.
Now, I am not suggesting that we shouldn’t walk to school with our monkeys, however it is better to approach it with a flexible, realistic and sensible attitude. Start small. The monkeys, as the weather can be unpredictable.
So, what is the plan?
This week I intend to make a minimum of three exercise dates with the monkeys. Middle Monkey is desperate to ride the bus home from school so I will arrange to power walk up and ride home with him one day. I will fit in a power walk in the park with Baby Monkey and I will make a proper date to take Top Monkey for a run.
Top Monkey loves to run, really run. So as my first challenge I have decided to set a goal involving him and his love of running. Park Run have started a new Junior Run near to where I live. For those that don’t know, Park Run organise free weekly, timed 5km runs. They are open to everyone of all abilities. The junior route is only 2km. It is an easy and achievable target and Top Monkey loves a challenge. He’s currently on a sleep over with his Nanna but on his return I will sit him down and we will plan what we are going to do. I’ll keep you all posted…
Update: I still haven’t got TM out on a Sunday Junior ParkRun. I must make it happen before September.