It’s no longer 90 degrees by 7:00 am around here. Hallelujah. And also, most of the kids are in school for most of the day. Hooray. This means, for some of us anyway, that mid-day runs are not only possible, but possibly preferable.

Yesterday I took the boys out with me for an easy 8-miler. It was a beautiful day, and I felt kind of bad taking up some of our prime daylight, no-naptime hours with my run. So we killed two birds with one stone and I ran down to the park, then stopped at the playground Manchild had chosen and we all played around for a while. Then we packed up again and ran home for lunch.

Run, check. Playtime, check.

Now, I wouldn’t do this on a tempo run (oh, wait, maybe I tried that one time and realized after 3 miles that it was kind of a bad idea), but for easy runs it can be ideal. Sometimes I take the boys to the park, sometimes we go to the store. I don’t have to pay train fare (or for gas), I get my workout in, I don’t have to feel guilty about short-shrifting the boys on their playtime, and I can get errands crossed off my list as well. Plus I don’t have to wake up early to get my run in before the day starts.

If time is tight, try to squeeze a multi-purpose workout into your schedule. It’s a win-win-win as far as I’m concerned.

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