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Better Off Alone

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Saturday was a test for me. I wanted to see how long it would take for me to run 2 routes. One is 4 miles, and the other is 3.5. 7 miles in total. I woke up feeling really good. My son is usually my running buddy on Saturday mornings. My hubby is a little overprotective. He's not crazy about the idea of me running in the dark streets of Miami before sunrise, and through the park alone, so I woke up my son at 5:30 am. He got dressed, we left the house and met with the other runners.

The first 2 miles were awesome. I ran 2 10-minute miles...the first time I've ever been physically able to do that. The second 2 miles were done in 11 minutes each. Now here's where I start kicking myself for waking up a 17 year old who does not share the dream of running a marathon with me.

First he started complaining how tired he was, and how it stinks that he never has a day he can sleep in, since I wake him up early on Sunday for church too.

Then he complained that he had no music to listen to, because he forgot to charge hos ipod. Do you know how hrd it is to run without music, he asked me. Yes, that's why I charge MY ipod the night before.

Then he had some mysterious sharp pain in his stomach...probably because he was hungry.

Oh, and he must be tired because he didn't have any coffee.

Then he makes me walk to the park, rather than run, with the promise that he will start running again once we reach the entrance. We get to our destination, and we start running again. After about one minute, he stops and waves for me to keep going. So I did. I ran the length of the park and back, and now he wants to walk home. He is getting jock itch, he claims, and it's painful to walk. We took the shortcut home, so it wasn't a full 7.5 miles like I wanted.

Want to ruin your workout? Bring a teenager with you.
This Saturday, I'm letting him sleep.
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    I hate the whining...if you get any ideas let me know...
    1830 days ago
    I'm sorry your run wasn't what you wanted, but you supplied your son with an awesome role model for his health. The example you shared with him is something he will be able to look back on later. The fact that his mom wants her family healthy not just herself. Teenagers are challenging. What about talking to him and agreeing on like one Saturday morning a month for you? Then plan an activity like strength training or basketball he enjoys once a month.
    1863 days ago
    lol...sorry you had a bad run, but i'd say you are right! better off by yourself next time! just bring some mace with you!
    1864 days ago
    1864 days ago
  • MICHELLE8182
    Oh that does sound frustrating! I always go back and forth with working out alone or with someone. It is safer and nice to have company, but sometimes I just want to go when I want where I want and how fast I want:) Pretty cool that he runs with you though!
    1865 days ago
    It's impressive that your son runs with you at 17. When my older son was 17 there is no way he would run with his mom especially on a weekend before at least noon;)

    My younger son is 9 and I can't wait to do some serious exercise with him when he's a little older, maybe we will start cycling together this year. He's such a good kid and I look forward to sharing my healthy lifestyle with him.
    1865 days ago
    Oh girl.... I feel your pain. Good job on getting in what you could. Teenagers can be so HARD!!
    1865 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797

    Teenagers are expert complainers!
    1866 days ago
    LOL yes indeed. My Daughter wouldn't have made it a mile before the whining would have started so I understand!
    1866 days ago
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