On the plan was 9 miles at a moderately easy pace. I was hoping to get out of the house by about 10am so that Jonny could enjoy a nice nap and we could be home in plenty of time for lunch. By 10:30, after a quick diaper change and another potty break and a search for the "polka dot sunglasses and my new Dora book", I had both kids loaded into the stroller.
Finally though, we were on our way. As soon as we got going Jonny was asleep. I thought maybe Leona would like to take a little nap too, but when I suggested we recline her seat she knew what I was up to and didn't want to have anything to do with it. Since she wasn't at all about napping, we stopped at the EWEB plaza to run around the fountain and look at the river for a bit.
The red part of the map is the section that was closed... the dotted green line is the detour:
At first I was a little bit irritated because if I wanted to run through neighborhoods, I would've stayed near home and at least run through neighborhoods I like but when all was said and done it added just enough mileage to my 8.5 mile loop to make it an even 9 miles without having to add on more distance once we got home.
One of the problems with jogging stroller running tends to be the cargo. Leona, lately, is into sticking her hands and feet out the side of the stroller. Although I've warned her repeatedly that she is going to get hurt, she tends to not listen very well. I specifically told her to keep her feet in while we were running by a fenced area by the river. She listened until we had to be right next to the fence due to bikes passing us from both directions. At that point I think the temptation was just too high because the fence was just too close... next thing I knew there was this odd clunky sound which turned out to be her foot running along the fence.
Luckily she wasn't seriously hurt... just a slightly smooshed toe and she had her thumb and "security blanket" i.e. Jonny's head to console herself.
Her injury was just what she needed, though to finally help her give into that nap she so desperately needed.
Towards the end of our run, I decided to take a path that would take us by Autzen stadium (I love to run by my Duck's home). When we were almost there, I smiled at a runner who was stopped on the side of the road. She smiled back and said, "Are you Laura?"
"Oh, well Laura from Run Momma Run told me to read your blog." "I've seen you before and it was like seeing a celebrity". "You kicked ass in that half!"
Me: (in total shock, that in less than 2 seconds I've been recognized by a complete stranger and called a celebrity) "Wow, Thanks!"
So, Wendy, nice, awesome runner on the side of the road... you absolutely made my week! Thanks for saying hi!!!
Anyway, a short while later we were home. Leona woke up and was in tears again because I had told her she could get out and run the last little bit with me but she fell asleep. So we made up for it by letting her run up and down the sidewalk in front of our house.
Although it took us almost 2 hours to do less than 1 1/2 hours of running, life is sure more
fun adventurous when running with a jogging