Jones doesn’t have camp this week. Shoo only has camp Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Beer Geek is working like a madman so that we can go out of town Friday morning. This leaves me trying to pack, straighten up the house, and try to run a few miles, while also entertaining the kids.
Yesterday we went out to the Udvar-Hazy, a part of the Air and Space Museum. It’s located out near Dulles Airport and houses all the big planes and space stuff that can’t be displayed downtown. The boys LOVE this museum. I think we go there more often than we go to the zoo, even though the displays have never really changed. By the time we got done with that, it was time for Beer Geek to get home and for me to go to the dentist, so no running yesterday.
Today, Shoo went to camp and Jones and I took the metro out to the end of the line. He mentioned yesterday that he’d never been on the part of the metro that goes above ground, so that’s what we did as our “mommy and Jones” activity today. Then we had ice cream. :o) Then we picked up Shoo.
You’ll notice no mention of cleaning, packing, or running LOL. And then Beer Geek called and said he might be home late, which meant only one of us would get to work out. So, what was a girl to do?
Mile repeats on the treadmill, that’s what. I set the boys up with lunch and Harry Potter (the first one, which Jones had been begging to see). I jumped on the treadmill and ran a fast mile. Then I ran upstairs, checked on the boys, had some water, and jumped on the treadmill again. Jones is almost 8, so I feel comfortable leaving them for a short while, but not long enough to run 4 miles straight through.
I ended up doing four miles that way (8:50, 8:42, 8:35, 8:20 with about 2 minutes in between as I ran up and down the stairs) and did a short cool down. When I checked on the boys, they were still doing fine, so I jumped back on for a half mile and then, after checking on them, one more half (4:25, 4:20). All still good, so I did two quick quarter miles (1:59, 1:57) and a short cool down. All in all, I managed 6 miles during Harry Potter, while never leaving the kids for more than 9 minutes!
Tomorrow and Thursday, Jones has playdates during Shoo’s camp, so I can get two short runs in before we leave and then my race is on Sunday. Now the trick will be to get in 20 miles while we are on vacation…