Figuring It Out As I Go Along, or Why Walking with my Kids Doesn't Always Work
Sunday, April 03, 2011
Yesterday, I met several members of SparkNashville for the inaugural Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor walk. We were walking around Bicentennial Mall. The route is 1.5 miles and we were to do two laps of it at whatever pace we wanted to set. The important thing was getting moving.
Teddy instantly became friends with Camille (Oilpainter here on SP) and, when the walk started, they were in the lead. Ok, it was more that Teddy took off and Camille decided to keep up with him. I was watching from behind, grateful that Camille was with him and thinking "There's no way I'll be able to run and keep up with them at the weight I'm at now." But I kept my steady pace.
Rich and Pete were supposed to be with us, but that didn't quite work out. I kept glancing behind me through the throngs of people to see if I could find them, but they were nowhere in sight. I trusted that my husband wouldn't lose my 2 year old and continued on.
Close to the end of the 1st leg of the square, Teddy came running back to me for some water. I gave him the bottle and was going to let him run back up to catch up with Camille, trying to keep an eye on him. But then he fell. After getting his shoe back on (which had come off in the fall), there were so many people between Camille and us that I didn't want to risk letting him run off on his own. And while I was willing to try to pick up my pace a little, the full out run that Teddy wanted to do kept me telling him he needed to come back to me. Even at 5, he doesn't always understand that the reason I don't want him out of my sight in a large group of people is because I'm afraid someone will take him, or that he'll get hurt and I won't be able to be there when it happens. He thought Mommy was just being mean and I had to pull him over to the side several times to talk with him about his temper tantrums.
About 1/4 of the way down the 3rd leg of the rectangle, we ran into Rich and Peter. They had cut through the mall because Rich knew there would be no way they would ever catch up with anyone otherwise. We looked at a few of the interesting bits and facts as we walked. We stopped to look at some info about a spring under Nashville that had been a major source of water for the town when it was founded, and Pete decided running around in the grass on the mall would be more fun than walking the rest of the way. Rich and Teddy had already headed off, so I was on the grass with Pete. Of course, he didn't REALLY want to play. He didn't know what he wanted to do. So we wandered a bit, me waiting for him to change his mind so we could continue walking or at least DO something. I saw the NashvilleSpark family making the end of the second time around, then a few minutes later, Rich and Teddy heading back to us.
The idea of the walk was kaput by then. Teddy was grumpy because I wouldn't let him run off to the front (because he likes to be in the lead). Pete was unhappy because we weren't wandering in slow random circles. And I was unhappy because I really WAS looking forward to a good 3 mile walk. We met back up with the SPers and said our good-byes. Camille promised Teddy that at the next walk, we'd make sure he had his own water bottle and he and Camille could continue up in the front. Sounded like a good idea to me.
There's another walk tomorrow night, over in Brookmeade. On the one hand, I want to go walk it. The more exercise I can get, the better. On the other hand, I'm not sure if I can do the walk with both my boys. (And Rich has tutoring.) With one that wants to be at the front of the line and the other that wants to dawdle (and screams bloody murder if I put him in a stroller), it's not really conducive for a good walk. So I may need to plan for Cane Ridge Park the following week. Either that, or restrict my walks to when the boys are in PDO or do my at home walking daily and forgo the thought of sun. I'm not sure the best way to handle getting the exercise that I want/need in the sun with keeping my kids close enough that I don't need to worry about them.
I'm sure I'll find a way. I just haven't figured out what that way is going to be yet. In the meantime, I'm considering going for a nice, long walk while Rich and the boys are in church. Between church and the time the boys play on the playground afterward, I should have close to 90 minutes for walking. And it's a beautiful day out, so I certainly can't complain about the weather.