Last night, I was getting ready for my run, and Norah declared that she wanted to go with me. She didn't want to ride in the stroller, she wanted to run.
I said okay, and she got on her running shoes, and off we went!
At first, she was truly into the running:
"Look at me running, Mom! I'm so fast! We're super runners! This is so fun!"
Then, after a bit, she declared she was "super tired" and needed a walk break. From there on out, we basically ran intervals -- run for about 1or 2 minutes and then walk for a few minutes, then run again. In total, we went 1.25 miles, and it took us 28:50.
We took some detours so we could view some houses' Christmas decorations and lights, we took some detours so Norah could pick up sticks or so she could inspect a hole in a tree, and we took one detour so she could "walk through the dirt." And, all along, we chatted. Norah, like most 3 year olds, basically narrates every single thought that enters her head, so it went a little like this:
"Ariel's not my best friend anymore."
"Natalie is my best friend now. She has the same shoes as me."
"Brady's also my best friend. Because I like him. And he likes me. He told me."
"Brady said I could come to his house and play."
"I want Brady to come to my birthday party."
"My birthday's in August. That's really far away. I'm gonna be...how many am I gonna be?"
"I want a Barbie cake for my birthday."
"I want Barbies for my birthday too."
"I told Santa that I want a Barbie for Christmas."
"Santa's watching so I have to be good so I get presents and candy. I've been good."
"Brady's been good too."
"Brady has an elf that watches him and tells Santa if he's good or bad. He's good. I don't have an elf."
To me, even though I could've run a full 3 miles in that time, the "run" was priceless. Since I got pregnant with Norah, and ran with her then, I've always hoped that running could be something we share as she grows up, and in my mother-daughter-running-fantasy, I've hoped for runs exactly like this (well, maybe more actual running, but that's a process).
It was kinda hard to put aside my selfish desire to get MY run done, but in all other ways, it was a great run. Mostly because of the wonderful company.