Friday, October 22, 2010

Running with Little Boy

This morning I went out for an easy 3-miler.  The weather was my idea of perfection:  50 degrees and a little cloudy from last night’s rain.  I don’t have to work today, so I woke up cheerful and not feeling rushed to get my run in.  Little Boy wanted to run with me and his company was pretty much icing on the cake of my morning.

Running with Little Boy 005 Pre-run shot.  I’m not a big hat wearer, but I wasn’t sure if there was more rain to come.  In the background you can see our front yard “cemetery.”  We love us some Halloween around here!

Before we took off, Little Boy and I decided on a game plan:  run half a mile, walk for ten seconds, repeat.  Little Boy enjoys running, but he tends to take off fast and burn out quick, so I’m trying to teach him how to regulate his pace for longer runs.  He loved looking forward to the walking breaks, managed to keep a really steady pace and didn’t complain at all during the run.  We ran a nice, relaxed pace and chatted while we ran.  I put him in charge of the camera and every time he took a picture he asked, “Are you going to put that one on your blog, Mom?”  Yes, Little Boy, I am.

Running with Little Boy 008 We saw three huge cranes in this field, which of course didn’t show up in the picture.  Bummer.  At least the morning sky looks pretty, even if that desolate field doesn’t.  My runs are pretty utilitarian as far as the scenery goes.

Running with Little Boy 014Action shot.  I am well aware of the fact that wearing gloves with a strappy tank and running shorts sort of made me look like Minnie Mouse, but my hands get cold way before the rest of me does.

Running with Little Boy 011 Mastering the art of taking a selfie while running takes time.  What a goof.

We ended up having a terrific run, and beat Little Boy’s previous best time by over ten minutes!!  Final stats:  3.1 miles in 29:40 (this includes our walking breaks but not the two red lights we stopped for).  I couldn’t ask for a better start to the weekend!

Stay tuned for a really exciting announcement on Monday (hint:  there will be prizes!)  Happy Friday!!

24 comments:

Rae said...

How fun you got to run with your son!

Tell Little Boy he took awesome pics!

nikeathena said...

I'm wearing gloves and a tank today. I need to get some cooler weather running clothes. Looks like you had a wonderful morning run!

Jogging with Fiction said...

I love your post labels! Awesomeness indeed.

track coach and adorable wife said...

So cool to run with little boy and what a great time! And he was a great documentor of the run!

Heather said...

Sounds like a great morning! Little Boy got some good shots! I like your front yard cemetery.

Tortuga_Runner said...

What a great Friday treat!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

My hands and ears get cold early too. I could probably run all winter in shorts, but I don't. Love running with my kids!

Aimee said...

That is so awesome that you get to run with your son! Those are great pictures too!!

I can't wait for my boys to be old enough to do longer runs with me!

Alma said...

holy cow! that's a good time! happy friday :)

RockStarTri said...

it was nice of him to run WITH you rather than dropping you right away. Oh wait, that's my kid.

Teamarcia said...

Adorable little guy! I've got a little girl (or 2) for him. So funny how they run SO fast, poop out, then repeat! :D

tri like mary said...

Hmm. So you run 3.1 miles with a little guy, taking walking breaks, in a faster time than I run that distance by myself. I think I have some work to do! Thanks for the motivation and what a cute running partner!!

Rad Runner said...

Pro runner photographer on your hands P! Love the yard!! Before I even started reading I wondered if it was yours, but your rad, so of course it is! :)

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

wow...great time w/your lil' dude;-)

and i wear gloves w/tanks like that all the time.

happy friday!

Heather said...

What a fun start to the weekend!

Anne said...

What a great run...I love that you are able to help him while having such fun. The beautiful memories being made :)

Laura said...

What a cutie

Candice @ I Have Run said...

What an awesome run with your little guy. Love the selfie. I can't wait until my girls can run with me! Have a great weekend.

ajh said...

This sounds like a ton of fun!

The Green Girl said...

I loved this post so much! Your boy is absolutely adorable and I love that he was able to hang with his mommy!

Dawn said...

Very cool run! I think in all my years of running (10 maybe) I never made it to finish a 5K in 30 minutes or less. Maybe once. So I think you're better than an average athlete! :) Cute son, how nice you get to run with him!

Johann said...

What a great run! I love the cemetery!

Chris K said...

Hi P,
Thanks for visiting my Blog. You are my 50th Follower! Looks like you live in So. Cal? I, too, am an average so cal athlete :-)

Caratunk Girl said...

HEY! Love the action shot!