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With school out for the summer, we asked Carrie, our national fitness director, about some tips on how to include the family into a running routine. Here's what she had to say:
Q: What are some tips and tricks for running when kids are on summer break?
A: I think the tip is to get up early and get it done before everyone is out of bed or, have them ride with you. Some people will even try find a public track that allows public access and bring some sand toys for the sand pit. Run there, do some faster paced intervals, and run home. Super fun for everyone involved!
Q: Is it possible to train with your kids and spouse close by?
A: I do all the time. We are like a circus show out there. We have a tandem bike that my husband and oldest daughter will ride and then they pull the two little guys in the stroller. It is quite the scene but it works and occasionally we will take a dip in the splash pad or stop for some ice cream if it fits in after the run, as well.
Q: What are a few creative ways to include your family in your training?
A: My daughter likes to run a little now so I will let her run with me when I get back and it gets her so excited. She loves to have one on one time, but on the flip side I also think it is a nice way to sort of have a date with your spouse. We pay for a sitter to go for a run and maybe grab dinner even if we are a little sweaty after. Nice way to get it all in!
Q: Do you have any tricks for getting out for a long run while still keeping up with the rest of life’s demands?
A: I know some will think this is weird but I wear my running clothes to bed a lot of times. That way when the 5:30 alarm goes off, I can just put on my socks and shoes, brush my teeth, and go. I also always have a friend waiting for me or meeting me. That is the kick in the pants I need to know someone else is relying on me as well.
Q: Do you recommend finding races that your kids can sign up for, too? (i.e. They run the Kids K and you then run the 5K)?
A: I do think signing up for kids’ races are fun. I am not one to push distance on the younger kids but I do think when we lead by example it only makes into easier for kids to want to stay healthy and fit as well!
Q: Anything else?
A: I just think keeping things light and fun for your family is key. I love to workout but a lot of times it is best for everyone if I just get up and get it done. Makes me a better mom and wife and leaves the rest of the day for my kids to take center stage when need be.