50 Laps Around the Cul de Sac = 6 miles
or in other words….
Getting Creative with your Training
Every week I face the same challenge of trying to find time for my training runs. There always seems to be a reason I can’t run. But lately I have come to grips with the fact that even though I may not be able to get a “perfect” training run into the day (kidless on a beautiful jogging path), a “creative” training run still counts and it’s definitely better than nothing.
These creative training runs include piling all three of my kids into a small jogging trailer, using them for 100lbs of strength training (forget about the speed training). I’ve also done some running at the high school track while the kids run amuck on the field chasing the wild bunnies.
But the most brilliant training I’ve started doing (and I can’t take credit for it – seems my next door neighbor was having similar problems trying to get his IronMan training into the day) is laps around our cul de sac. Turns out 8 laps = 1 mile. The kids all play “out front”, something they want to do everyday and I get my run in. It’s not my “perfect” training run, but it works, and my kids are happy. That’s all I can ask for as a training mom.
Do you have any creative training strategies?