“What” you ask is the Urban Stay-Home-Mom Duathlon? Well, recently I determined (due to injury and illness) that my body was telling me… actually was SCREAMING at me to take some real time off from training. That… and my doctor told me I absolutely need to rest my body. You see, I really, truly love to train and race. And, to be honest, I haven’t taken a real break in a really long time… years, I dare say. So, for over a week now, I have enjoyed easy commuter bike rides, walks in the woods, and a little paddling about in the pool. I thought I would hate it… but I’ve really enjoyed the rest and extra time in my schedule. So, how is it then that I managed to do a duathlon without racing or training?
My kids had a fundraiser for their school called the Foot Frolic Frenzy. They received pledges per lap or running around the school track. I have 2 sons who participated, ages 9 and 6. My 9 year old ran at 11 a.m. and my 6 year old at 1:45. At 11, I ran 13 laps with my nine year old… well… ran is a bit of an exaggeration. I encouraged and supported him while we jogged together. After he was done, (and I had a nice lunch) I hopped on my commuter bike and rode to the grocery store to pick up a few items I needed for dinner. When I returned, it was time for my 6 year old to run. We, too, jogged 13 laps together. This, my friends, was my urban stay-home-mom duathlon.
A lovely way to spend a few off-season hours!