We are an active family and love spending time outdoors. If the weather is beautiful outside, I would much rather hit the trails WITH my boys than run the treadmill. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices and decisions based on life circumstances… I choose running with my boys.
As the boys get older, the dynamics of our running together has changed. I used to push a single jogger, then a double jogger, then a double jogger with a little bike rider. Up until recently it was two big boys riding while I would push the youngest in the jogger.
This weekend the whole bike riding and mommy running tide has changed. This happened.
My youngest decided that he no longer wanted training wheels on his bike. He was ready. He also didn’t want mommy to help him as he rode independently. He just took off! No help. No hesitation. He was on his own successfully riding with two wheels. A little side note, he had his balance down by 13 months when he got his balance bike. He also knew how to pedal. The trick was combining these two skills at the same time.
This mile marker event happened this weekend. Since then, he and the boys have been enjoying the newfound freedom of riding bikes up and down our street. Sorry neighbors.
On Monday, I had a 3 mile training run on the schedule and the boys wanted to go for a bike ride. We compromised and hit the trails to run/ride… they rode and I ran behind/alongside them.
We successfully covered 4 miles with little incident. It was a run – walk – stop repeat type workout… but everyone remained happy and no tears were shed! Mommy win!
I have shared my tips and tricks on how to run WITH children while pushing them in the jogger, tips to always be prepared while exercising with kids,as well as how to have a successful bike ride as a family.
As my boys get older, a new challenge of working out with them is introduced. I can no longer strap them in the jogger or bike trailer. They are included and must participate. This is new territory for us… and we are learning as we go. Here are my 5 tips how to run while your children ride bikes.
5 Tips for Running While Children Ride Bikes
Like the boy scout (or girl scout) motto, once must always be prepared. As a mom, every venture out of the house makes me recite a list of must have items to bring a long just in case something happens. Always be prepared is a great motto to have when embarking on these adventures with kiddos.
Set expectations BEFORE you start.
Before we start on our adventure, I do my best to set clear guidelines and expectations. For example: if I can’t see you that means you are too far from mommy. Don’t ride too fast because I have trouble keeping up. Stay together. Stay on the right side of the trail. And many more!
Bring food (snacks) and water.
I purchased a hydration pack, from my local big box store, for each of the boys. It is kid sized and fits them perfectly. They carry their water and snacks on their backs. Working out: hiking, biking, exploring is a lot of work for their little bodies! Making sure they are properly hydrated and fueled is important. Not only for energy but also moral!
Bring a mini first aid kit just in case.
As a mom, we know that we must always be prepared. You never know what you will encounter or find when exploring trails and excitement. I try to remember to pack a mini first aid kit in the oldest’s pack… just in case.
Walkie talkies are fun for all.
Clipping a walkie talkie (on the loudest volume level) to their bikes has been a godsend for me when riding bikes on the trail. They each have a walkie talkie on their bike. I also have one. They are not allowed to touch or talk on it while riding. However, I can use my walkie talkie to tell them to stop, slow down, come back instead of yelling on the trail (on in a neighborhood).
Using the walkie talkies has helped keep the fun fitness endorphins running on high instead of having the panic and frustration of non-listening ears rule.
Must have patience.
We must remember that we are dealing with children and are making memories. Bring your patience. This is not going to be a relaxing, mind numbing, and refreshing run on the trail… it is a run with your children. Have patience, enjoy the journey, enjoy the memory you are making with your children.