Cool Runnings?

Here’s the deal: I have yet to get me and the boys over to the gym for me to run on the treadmill. I can do it for yoga class, but it seems like taking them to Child Watch twice a week is more than we can handle. Or, more accurately, more than Squish can handle. And because I have a policy against taking them out in the stroller when it is cold, I haven’t been taking them out at all. And because they haven’t been sleeping well at night, I haven’t been able to get up in the morning to go by myself as often as I would like. (Which kind of makes me a little bit cranky sometimes.)

However, I’m rethinking my stance on winter running. I’m thinking that it might be okay for me to take them out in the stroller in the middle of the day. This is because I want to go running more often, of course, and I want to save money on bus/train fare, and I figure if we’re going to be walking to and from the train station in the cold, or standing waiting for the bus in the cold, it might actually be preferable if I just ran them around on errands. They could be bundled up in blankets and I would be moving, so it couldn’t be too bad, right? And it just might save me some time because I know that it takes 30 minutes for me to get Manchild to school in the morning if we take the bus, but I can get him there in about 20 if I run.

Am I being completely irresponsible to even think that this would be okay? It seems as though walking around in the cold is just part of city life, so if we’re going to be out there anyway, we might as well be running, right?

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  1. Maybe right. I took Derek out on a cold Chicago morning to discover that the battery on our car was dead. We waited for the guy with a battery starter who patrolled the streets in his truck. He came after a protracted delay, and I got Derek to Laurie, who cared for him in the mornings while I worked. When I picked him up, she said that he had cried hysterically for a long time after I left, and we both thought he had gotten somewhat hypothermic in the wait. So remember the boys’ surface to volume ratio is different from an adults’ (more surface from which to lose heat, less volume to create it) and they’re not running, so bundle them up and watch the temperature and the wind chill factor. If the running helps keep you sane during a winter when you are shut in with two kids, it’s a good thing for them too, just make sure they’re swaddled and comfy. Oh, and the other side of the argument, your grandmother gave me heat rash my first time out in the fresh air by covering me with too many blankets, but I was born in March, so it was probably April coolness, not January cold, that she wanted to protect me from.


    lizzie Reply:

    Thanks for the thoughts, Aunt Ruth. It reminds me that Micah and I made a rookie parenting mistake a few years ago and took Simon to the park inadequately shod. He started screaming when we were almost home and we couldn’t figure out what was wrong. When we got home and took off his socks and shoes we felt so bad. His little feet were freezing.

    I’ll keep this in mind as I reconsider my winter-running rules and try to figure out how I could make it work and keep them comfy cozy in their yellow bubble.


  2. A stroller blanket works wonders (and it is on your runner’s wish list). I bundle Aidan up in coat, hat and scarf, put him in his little sleeping bag and feel that whenever I take him out of the cover he is on the verge of sweating. Granted I am not running but that is where the plastic cover comes in…they are great to keep off the wind and cold air. With that combo and sensible dressing they will be more than warm enough for day time running in NYC.


    lizzie Reply:

    I think I’ve got to get the weather shield. It sounds like the most important piece of the winter running puzzle.


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