Baby 5 Mile Conditioning Workout
What you will need:
Heart Rate Monitor
16 month old that doesn’t like to be in her car seat and stroller very long!
Sunday, September, 16th 2012
What a beautiful day Sunday was and I got to start it off with a workout with my fiery redheaded 16 month old daughter Madison.
So, my wife worked a later than scheduled bartending shift for a wedding last night and did not get home until after 2am. Needless to say she was wiped out at 5:30am when Madison woke up. But like a trooper she got up and fed her morning breakfast and got her things together. Due to my busy work schedule I rarely get to spend one-on-one quality time with Madison. So any chance to get her out with me to work out and see others working out I try to take full advantage of.
Now that it is getting cooler out I feel a lot better taking her out for extended periods of time as she doesn’t deal well with the heat and humidity. So I decided to take her to the Ridley Creek State Park to run the 5 mile loop. Well, I got that and so much more! Before I get into the details you should know this girl never sits still! She is always moving and so curious about the world.
We had to park about a half mile away from the main 5 mile loop gate. If you are from the area you know that the loop starts with a nice incline that builds up to the huge mile and a half hill. Started off with a nice jog up and got moving on the major hill. That is where Madison got squirmy. About a quarter of the way up she wanted out. Not down, just out. So now my jog turned into a lunge workout with 25lbs. weight with 1 hand on the stroller and one under Madison. I had to keep switching because all of you mom and dad’s know about that burn. Thighs are burning and biceps and shoulders are getting a nice isometric endurance workout. My HR was at 85% of max and still only little more than half way up the hill. Finally we make it to the top of the hill with the heart rate at 90% of max. At this point I had to squat down and put her back in. Back on the jog now as that the loop begins to flatten out a bit. So I get about mile and half in and she wants out again. I had to lean back to the squat down. She is walking along fine until my little trainer decides that it’s time to start the leg training portion of the workout. She wants to help push the stroller. So I tilt it back on 2 wheels, she grabs the handles and starts to push. For about 100 yards at a time over a mile and half I am in quarter squat walk to help balance and push the stroller. WOW what a burn. Thank God I have such a fun and cute distraction. Back in the stroller, squat and biceps and on the run. With a mile and half left we pull over to the water fountain another squat, biceps and hold. Madison gets a drink and I really need a drink and repeat that 3 times. Back in the stroller another squat and biceps hold. Then back to running again.
So knowing my daughter and the fact she will not want to sit in her car seat so back out of her stroll except this time she doesn’t want to walk anymore so I am walking down the hill switching arms side to side. Biceps and shoulders burning all the way down the hill and back to the car.
What a workout. We both need a good lunch, bath and nap. Cannot wait until round two next Sunday. I will post all the new workouts my new trainer (Madison) surprises me with and would love to hear what other moms and dads out there get out of their baby workouts. As always, please share and visit our website, friend us on facebook or follow us on twitter.