Yesterday afternoon, I was getting desperate for a run and Shoo was getting squirrelly. While Jones thinks the perfect day would involve playing Wii, switching to DS, watching a movie, and then starting all over again (yes, that is the one high point for him related to the tonsillectomy – unlimited screen time), Shoo is a very active kid and NEEDS to move all.the.time. Jones was doing well, so I decided Shoo and I could go outside for a while.
Normally, when we can’t go far from the house, I let Shoo ride his bike up and down the dead end street near us, while I sit on a curb and watch him. After sitting in the house all morning, I decided I needed to move too.
So, I ran next to him. We circled the block by our house. We went up and down the dead end street. We went in circles in front of the house. For a total of 3 miles.
It was the best fartlek run EVER. Seriously. Have you ever watched a five year old ride a two wheeler? They weave. They sprint. They come to a complete stop to watch a leaf or an acorn or a cat. I saw a 14 minute pace. I saw an 8 minute pace. I saw everything in between. I stopped dead on a dime. I jumped sideways. I went from a jog to a flat out sprint. I jumped curbs and dodged parked cars. By the end of the three miles, I was hot, sweaty, and tired (Shoo was fresh as a daisy).
Shoo still had plenty of energy, so when Beer Geek got home, he took him out for a real ride. Typical of Shoo, he went down a hill in his usual fearless manner and ended up flying over the handlebars when his wheel hit some grass.
|Good thing he already had his front teeth pulled or he would have knocked one out today, for sure.|
As you might guess, both boys had canned chicken noodle soup for dinner. Sigh.
13 thoughts on “The Ultimate Fartlek Run”
Ack, I don't think I could ever watch my kid going down hill. Scares the poop outta me. Looks like he is just fine, though! 🙂
I'm just laughing at the visual of all the stops and starts. Glad you got a sanity run in. Hope you got a good night sleep.
That is a fantastic idea!
Your poor boys! Well, at least now they have a semi-sane Mama to take care of them ;-)Way to get out there and get it done!
Sounds like a great workout!
Funny how kids can have such different personalities, huh?I once did a 16 miler by circling a 1.6 mile loop. Never again.
Sounds like a good workout – I'll have to remember that!Hope both your guys are doing better!
i need to do some intervals and have no sitter and was wondering how to do it with my kids
I have one of those crazy boys… never tired, always full of energy, could run/ride/jump all day… no fear… hurts himself all the time and then just keeps on going. Great job on taking him for the ride/run. Sorry about his poor little face though! Hope everyone at your house is eating solid food soon. 🙂
Love the Fartlek story. Hope Shoo is fine although I guess he is. Hope you are fine too!
Poor little guy! My 6 yr old, Sunshine, bit the dust and tore his palm up pretty good….Boys!
The cul-de-sac we live in is exactly .2 miles if you run on the sidewalk all the way around it. Ask me how I know that… :)Glad your kiddo is okay – well, both of them, actually!
I've done those runs but luckily my son is now 10 and they don't happen like that anymore. I do know they really give you a hard workout and as you say, the kids never get tired.