Tonight, in the middle of an unusually warm spring week, I bring you the top five reasons why it's harder to push Emily in the jogging stroller this year than it was last year:
5. She is so much more aware of her surroundings. If we get within a 1/2 mile radius of a park, or a field, or anything else that looks interesting, she'll start in on me: 'Out, Emily get out. Swings! Emily swing! Walk! Emily walk!" And so on it will go until we are well past the area. She may or may not also start whining when her pleas of excitement are ignored.
4. She asks me to sing. I only have so much lung capacity, and I'm usually using almost all of it already.
3. She likes to take control of our running routes, and will start pointing in directions I was not planning to go, insisting "this way, mommy!". If I listened to her, we may be running for a long, LONG time.
2. She's no lightweight. She's packed on quite a few pounds since last fall it seems, and you definitely notice the extra weight on the hills.
1. There are dogs everywhere. And birds. And cars. And anytime Emily sees something she likes, she'll point it out, or ask about it, and she keeps repeating herself like a broken record until you acknowledge that she has spoken or responded to her questions. This leads to a considerable amount of huffing and puffing by the end of an average four mile run. It feels more like fourteen.
Still, having the freedom to go out for a run again almost anytime I want has been wonderful. The fresh air and the sunshine has been good for the soul this week, and we've enjoyed every minute of it! Come on spring!