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[bites tongue to avoid making comments about logistics]
When's the race, and when's the baby due? Hopefully not too close together, or you may find yourself either disappointed or very unpopular!
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha..... (and not mentioning your spurious apostrophe). I'm a new dad and although I would love to get out and run it really isn't possible unless I abandon my wife and daughter for an hour each evening, which would make me as popular as syphilis at a porn star's convention.
If you intend to keep up your running during the early weeks (months) you'll have to find a way to do it which doesn't impact on your time with your baby. Can you run at lunchtime?
We have a 10 month old but I've just about kept running going. Lunch time is good, as MW says. Also running to work instead of sitting on the tube is a good idea.
I'm training for a marathon at the moment and I've had to cut down the number of weekend long runs, as otherwise I wouldn't be about. I also do them early - i.e. 6.30 am, so I'm done before the day has really got going.
I'm with Nessie ..............*bites tongue*!
You haven't said what the race is. Is it a long one or shorter one, obviously a shorter one being more do-able on getting out to train?
We have a 3 month old. Fortunately I have a fairly understanding wife who also likes running. Lunchtimes aren't an option for me, neither is running to or from work, so it has to be early mornings and evenings. I'm working towards making my training as efficient as possible.
It will be more of an issue once Mrs CB goes back to work though!
what's the problem?
4 kids ... 50 miles per week ... just get yourself organised.
Seriously, the great thing about running is its flexibility ... it's the ideal passtime to fit around a busy life.
currently have a broken leg, although should be somewhat healed by now, so. this is from past rather than current expeirence
i have three girls, 2,4,5. Family has to come first, so if the wife looks like she could turn violent if i suggest going for a run, i skip it.
Get used to running at 8/9/10pm, when the kids are (hopefully) in bed.
I managed to train for the London Marathon last year, but i have to admit, I didnt do it on my own, and my wife sacrificed quite aq bit for me to be able to do it, particularly the long runs at the weekend. Impossible to stick to a program though.
...yep, flexibility is definately the key, you have to be flexible, but thankfully, so is running!
Relating to this thread very much indeed! I've been blessed with two boys 3 years and 7 months. I've taken a step back seeing as 18 hours shifts as a chef and having a family are very much like oil & water plus adding training sessions into the mix; I've seen "THE LOOK" many a time. I find it easier to get out as soon as my wife gets in so that I'm back for bed time duties. Other than that understanding is needed.
Cragchick, maybe ill change the title, it will be a little bit more diverse then at least?
I have found the running buggy that im going to get, its this one..Out and about , i live in Swansea so i can do some of the Swansea Bay 5 k races by the time they come around, july/august time?
Does anyone have a treadmill and do you use it indoor when the baby is there?
As I read this thread, I am sat in running gear having just put my two little princes to bed (3 and 1)! I was hoping my wife would be back from work on time so I could get out for an hour but alas she is a police detective and some little scrote has kept her late!! How mush coverage does a portable baby monitor have, ha ha!
I think we have met once with your buddy FL
All i can say about running and having little ones is yes you can carry on running but in my case you may not want to carry on racing so much because as they get into the toddler stage i wanted to spend all my non working days watching them grow up I think it all depends on how many days you dont have to work aswell.
My 2 lovely boys are 20 and 18 now and i can race as much as i like
Good luck for the coming weeks
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I am in much the same situation as you. Baby due Aprl, first Ironman August. People laugh when I say my wife was supportive because I had to do this year before I turn 40. Apparently all deals are off when junior actually arrives.
Having done IM I can tell you that there's no way on earth I would be able to do the amount of training required now that I'm a new dad. It's not just that other things take up your time but the other things become more important. With IM training you can't even fit in quick sessions when time allows. You have to do the 6-7 hour bike rides, the 3-4 hour runs and the hours of swimming.
I wish you all the best but please don't miss your baby's early weeks and months in exchange for an IM finish.
Having a 5 month old and training for The Brighton Marathon does make me focus and use any spare time I have.
Lunchtime runs are a necessity as is getting out at 6 on a Saturday morning. It's going to be tough when those LSR hit 20+ miles.
Loving this thread completley agree with lots of the comments you can still train at the same level you did before having kids but i've had to adjust the times that im doing them. i've now started running to and from work and going out on lunch times if you can is a good idea. I do enjoy getting up at 5.30am for a run through the park though once i'm up its my favourite run. It still leaves me all the normal time i'd have for family so i dont get that look that so many have spoke about already lol