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I’ve recently welcomed a wonderfully charming and
surprisingly energetic toddler into my life, and trying to find a time to run
is almost as hard as convincing him not to toss his food from the highchair
tray.

Before our adoption was finalized,
my neat and tidy weekly running routine included structured neighborhood runs
and various workouts like interval runs and a strength training circuit for
runners. Now, I’m happy when I get my run in at all.

So
here’s what I’ve learned so far: I have to take advantage of every second. My
normal leisurely morning dog walk has morphed into a dog run before the little
guy wakes up or my husband gets out the door. There are even built-in
“interval runs” when my pup decides to chase a squirrel at top speed.

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I’ve also found that I enjoy
running with my son in a stroller. Any walk can turn into a decent run if he’s
in the right mood, so I make a point of wearing
my wicking clothes and running shoes even if I think we’re only going on a
short stroll. Luckily, my Bob Revolution stroller, with a front swivel tire
that can be locked into place, transitions smoothly from a walk to a run. I’d give
it high marks—you can almost push this thing with your pinky finger and
it easily rolls over rough terrain— but if I were more of a long distance
runner, I’d probably go for an even lighter weight model designed specifically
for running, like the Bob Ironman.

I love the new adventure that my
life has become and wouldn’t trade my time with my son for anything, but I know
to be a good mom, I need to stay in touch with my own goals and stay healthy.
I’d love to hear tips from you moms on the run about how you juggle your
responsibilities. Any help for a newbie?