Monday, July 12, 2010

Multi-Tasking Exercise

24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 18 weeks in a Hal Higdon marathon training plan. Running, specifically marathon training, takes horse steroids time. Lots and lots of time. According to Garmin, I ran approximately 4.5 hours last week (34 miles). Add warm up, cool down, stretching and foam rolling, and I'm in for a pretty solid 10 hours a week of running alone. This all takes a bite out of my waking free time. And, let's be honest, probably half of that time is cutting directly into pillow fort constructing time sleep time. Thus, I've gotten very good at multitasking.

For example, this weekend, in addition to my long run of 12 miles (details below), I celebrated my 6th wedding anniversary with my wife. In the 6 years that we've been married, we've celebrated numerous ways: Vacation to the Caribbean, quiet night out of shopping, etc. However, with ever frequent baby checkups and the all to real proposition of another mouth to feed, we decided to take 'er easy this year and just celebrate each other**. Read: no gifts!

However, even though we agreed to nothing...like my dad says, I may have been born at night - but it wasn't last night....and I know better than to not have a card and a little something. Unfortunately, I was working from home all week with my wife and wasn't able to sneak away. The solution: grab something on the run! I run without my shirt on*** so I had to carry a shirt, and my running flow was interrupted to pick out the perfect card (which, of course I did), but overall I was able to combine my two loves: shopping at walmart and riding shopping carts Running and my wife. Multitasking at it's finest.


Am I alone here? Or has anyone else ever ran errands while out on the run? Other than this weekend, I've returned movies, went to the post office, and have picked up flowers.

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12 miles on Saturday at 8:19 pace. Seemed slower than that because of the heat (89 degrees), the humidity (50%), and my Achilles which is STILL a bit sore from the hills on Thursday. It is "monsoon" season in Phoenix which means that we'll get frequent clouds, occasional sprinkles, and will actually get some rain about once a month. It was sprinkling when I started out on my run which made me feel like I was running through a swamp.


**Why are you reading this? Did you expect something dirty?
***Another mental picture to get seared into your head like the one of me on the can

28 comments:

Jamoosh said...

You forgot to include the time it takes to drink a recovery beer - well, recovery wine in your case.

Tricia said...

I've returned library books. (We run with a jogging stroller so it makes "running" errands much easier)

Whitney said...

Congrats on 6 years! That will be us in November - our due date is our anniversary!
I've returned movies on runs... but that's about it. But once I have a jogging stroller, I'll be able to do a lot more!

BrianFlash said...

I do love the 'purposeful' run. But about all I've been able to accomplish is returning clothing and buying stamps.

Chad said...

Once I ran to the grocery and bought razors. When you get the kid, you'll do more stuff like that.

Dr. TriRunner said...

Ohhhh yes. I frequently pop into work mid-run/ride and drop off my schedule... check my schedule.. fix my schedule. I've done the grocery trips, library stops, pick-up and drop-offs at my mom's house, you name it.

I wonder if I could get away with a fake baby in a stroller? Sounds like that's the way to go...

Allie said...

You picked up flowers while running? I would love to see someone running with a bouquet of flowers. The closest I've been to running errands while running was I drove to the post office before I drove to the track, LOL.
Happy Anniversary!

Teamarcia said...

Sadly there are no multitasking runs for me as I live in the middle of nowhere.

Ironman By Thirty said...

Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary.

I do multi-tasking runs/bike rides all the time. Stops at the grocery store, hardware store, library, or a mailbox to get a Netflix video out that missed the mail carrier are the norm rather than the exception.

My most memorable trip was when my wife was sick and I was tasked with making chicken noodle soup. I had everything except the celery. So, on my run, I stopped at the grocery store for a package of celery. I'm sure that I looked ridiculous running the last mile home with the celery in hand (forgot a backpack).

Ace said...

I recommend combining running and dental work. Makes the running seem more pleasant.

64 CLASSIC said...

Happy Anniversary!! Our Second is coming up... I have to start planning.

Runs with a purpose--returned library books, and a movie or two, mailed a letter or two...

Thinking about a cool one for the fall. Will save the details for later as it will most likely turn into a blog challenge!

Rad Runner said...

Hooray! and congrats! High five on the multitasking!!!Big points :)
I ran to the ATM to get money that I needed for later in the day? :)

Angie Bishop said...

Congrats on your 6th year together :) May they keep getting better and better!
How is the little sprout?

Anne said...

Happy Anniversary!
Actually, I'm still too much of a newbie to dare stop for errands during my run.

Tricia tagged you on a recent post and I have to say, your blog is very entertaining :)

The Laminator said...

Seems to me you've got this thing down to a science! Happy anniversary!

Pam said...

Congrats on the anniversary! I almost made it to six years once...

I've returned movies on the run, but that's about it.

50% humidity? HA! I see your 50 and raise you 49.9.

Her Name is Rio said...

Happy Anniversary! What a great wedding picture!

I've returned library books, mailed letters, and returned DVDs on the run.

Julie said...

Happy Anniversary Adam! I love your wedding picture....the two of you look like the perfect little model couple:)

I have never multi-tasked on a run. I just run...nothing else:)

Cynthia O'H said...

I love errand runs. I also like "one way" runs, when I run to another town and meet my husband and my boys. Only once, did I panic; they were 30 minutes late, it was a holiday Sunday, everything was shut down... You get the picture.

Happy Anniversary to the two of you.

Chris K said...

I am single, a commitment phobic, and more shallow than a wading pool so I just don't have those issues to worry about.

Jill said...

I'm sitting here reading blogs while my glute is parched on my foam roller and my "stick" is rolling out sore calves. I can only comment when the minute of rolling is up.

inspiREDtorun13 said...

I've never literally ran an errand. I'll run around the neighborhood when short on time because it's the fastest option. I do think I run so much on the treadmill b/c its a great way to multi-task TV watchin' and gym crushing. LOL.

Congrats to you and the Mrs!

RunningLaur said...

Congratulations on 6 years of marriage - I hope one day to be able to say something similar about myself.

Usually my errand runs are for the grocery store - must be something about food an running... I've also run to/from the light rail on occasion, which is nice.

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kilax said...

Happy Anniversary! I wish I could multi-task like that on runs. Everything is too far away! :(

destinationathlete said...

Happy Anniversary!

sRod said...

I've run a lot of the same errands: returned movies, dropped a letter in the mail, picked up milk for breakfast. You're somewhat limited at 645a.

Congrats on the anniversary! Six is still a few years away for us.

Laura said...

I once ran to BestBuy to pick up a movie. And I frequently run to Tasti D-Lite for ice cream.