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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How to Streak when your Spouse is 700 Miles Away

Jerry's been gone for 75 hours now (but, who's counting), and not only have I kept the kids alive, but I've also managed to keep the fish alive, remembered to blow out burning candles, and...oh yeah, keep my streak alive!

So, at this point, I'm certain I've acheieved "expert" status on streaking without a spouse.

Here's what I'm thankful for:

  • Daycare.  Week day runs would be much harder to fit in without it.
  • The double running stroller.  Kids haven't run in it much for a long time, so right now, it's a novelty for them and they're enjoying it.  Over the weekend, we ran to a couple of parks, and that was a good combo: They had to sit in there for no more than 10-15 minutes, and then were released to the park, then back in for more running.  Breaking it up helped us all.
  • The treadmill.  On campus I have access to the gym treadmill, and in my temp apartment, there is a gym also equipped with a treadmill.
  • Good friends.  Who, while not yet called upon, have offered to take the kids if/when I want to run outside, by myself.
  • A good babysitter.  She's been watching our kids since Norah was a baby, and I've already booked her some weekend mornings so, again, I can get outside for runs by myself.  The fact that she's willing to come in the morning and for just a few hours is great; she's a huge help.
I'm pretty fortunate to have all of this at my disposal (it would be even better if I had the space for a treadmill IN the apartment, but alas, I don't even have room for my books in this apartment!), and even though it's not as convenient to keep the streak alive without Jerry here, I think I'm going to be able to manage it.

At least for the time being.  You never know what wrenches life will throw in my way, but for now, it's working.


Carolina John said...

Wow, that is seriously impressive. Keeping the streak alive while the spouse is away? That takes some serious creativity. Well done!

ajh said...

VERY impressive. Good luck with your move and temporary single parent status.

Anonymous said...

miss you! hows the streak going?