Mayhem Monday: Racing my 4 Year Old

After basking in the glow of the Fargo 10k, I ended up taking most of the week off. Not intentionally, I actually felt pretty good but work kept me glued to my desk during the day, negating my usual workout time. There are some major, major changes going on that will take effect before I go on maternity leave this fall and it’s keeping us all super busy and super on edge. I’ll be happy when we can start this transition and get back to our regularly scheduled programing.

Baby had a serious growth spurt in the last couple of weeks. Egad!
Baby had a serious growth spurt in the last couple of weeks. Egad!

This past week also marked the beginning of soccer season, our first!, with my oldest. We had the worst possible weather both nights (freezing, windy, raining) but the kids were super troopers and had a blast playing. Hopefully this week, it’s a bit warmer out. I sure do love watching my little man get involved in sports. He’s a bit unsure and timid but he’s trying his best and I am so proud of him for stepping outside his comfort zone. Watching a bunch of 4 years olds play soccer is also some of the best entertainment around. I highly recommend it to anyone needed a good chuckle.

As this is the long weekend, we happily had a lazy day on Saturday, putting off all our usual chores and routines to just enjoy an absolute gorgeous day as a family. It really doesn’t get any better than that. Hubby snuck out for a run in the morning while the kids and I played outside in the yard and when he got home, I did the same. I had hoped for about 4 miles but about a quarter of a mile in, I knew that wasn’t going to happen. I had a terrible ache in my side that was likely the baby sitting in a bad spot and had to walk most of the first mile and then sit on a bench for a few minutes. It really was the first bad run I’ve had this pregnancy and the most uncomfortable. After I decided I would just head back to the park where hubby had taken the boys to play (along my planned running route), I started back and baby must have shifted because the pain was gone and I felt perfectly fine. I ended up doing about 3.5 miles in total, which was fine by me. As I jogged past the park where my boys were, I loved that they noticed me and started calling out and cheering for me. Ridiculously adorable! I stopped in at the park on my turn-around and played with them for a few minutes before we all packed up to head home for lunch. I jogged beside the bike and trailer for a bit and then they pulled ahead. I could hear my 4 year old yelling “Mama, we’re gonna beat you and win the race!” as they sped away. When I rounded the final corner heading into our bay, he was waiting for me and came running over to run the last 100 meters or so with me. It was easily the highlight of that run. He was smiling and laughing the whole way in and didn’t even mind that he “tied” his Mama for the win. I love my kids!

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Nearly 23 weeks pregnant.
Nearly 23 weeks pregnant.
Happy feet.
Happy feet.

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Shadow Bumpie
Shadow Bumpie
Happy to be in the sunshine running!
Happy to be in the sunshine running!

This week is a bit up in the air because I’m not sure what will await me at work. I’m hoping it’ll slow down enough for me to sneak off for a short run or two but who knows. For now, I’m just going to enjoy the last day of my long weekend and let tomorrow worry about itself :)

Have a great week everyone!

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Stephanie

Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

5 Responses to Mayhem Monday: Racing my 4 Year Old

  1. I love your shadow bumpie! Also, four year olds playing soccer is amazing. I used to coach them – because you don’t really “win” or “lose” you just aim for having fun. Its the best age to coach!

    • It is seriously the best thing ever! Last week, I watched 10, 4 years olds plow into one goal trying to be the “one” to score. I nearly died. I just love their enthusiasm for playing and having fun.

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