Making lemonade

Making lemonade

The pool I go to has the WORST lap swim schedule on the planet.

My plan was to take my kids to the play center while I did a swim workout. But to my surprise, there was no lap swim between the hours of 11 & 2 because of summer camps & swimming lesson.

So there went the swim for today.

However, I figured out a way to sneak ride in.


It’s the “Outdoor Movie Picnic Lunch Ride”

The kids can eat, be outside & have lunch… All while dad sweats his ass off.

It’s not perfect, but it’s done!

Stroller friendly races & runs

Stroller friendly races & runs

I got an email the other day asking about stoller friendly races. Well, here is a list of my favorites, click on the name of the race to register or for more info!

Bunny Rock 5K and Egg Hunt, Chicago – April 7th
This race is sure to bring lots of excitement and entertainment with Chicago’s own80's Rock Musicthroughout the course, the amazing amenities, and an overall fun, spring-filled 3.1 mile race!

Bunny Dash 5K, Palatine – April 14th
As competitors race through the course, various activities are available for families and kids of all ages. From an Egg Hunt with over 3,000 eggs to a Live Petting Zoo to the Easter Bunny, this event is full of delight and excitement that will definitely leave you wanting more.

Race to Wrigley, Chicago – April 14th
Chicago Cubs Charities’ 7th Annual Race to Wrigley 5k Run, which starts and finishes at legendary Wrigley Field, helps kick off the baseball season and runners and sponsors can show their support for a good cause. This year, personal fundraising proceeds will benefit Children’s Memorial Hospital-after you sign up for the race, thenregister as a fundraiser and make every step count.

Arbor Day 10K, Lisle – April 22nd
Celebrate the return of spring by participating in the Arboretum’s second annual 10K run.

Spring Fling 5K, Chicago – April 29th
The 3rd Annual Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Chicago 5k Walk/Run to raise awareness and funding for Lung Cancer research will be held on Sunday April 29th, 2012.

Southwest Half Marathon, Palos Heights – May 6th
a part of the First Midwest Bank Southwest Half Marathon and enjoy one of the Midwest’s finest events of its kind. From world class runners to physically challenged athletes who will compete in the Walk, Run or Roll competition, the Southwest Half Marathon offers an extremely fast, flat course with chip timing, 5-year age group awards, $10,000 in cash prizes and commemorative medals for all finishers.

Got 2 Run… For Education, Arlington Heights – May 19th
Everyone gets an Awesome technical T-Shirt, even youth sizes. All students get a backpack tag/zipper pull with the Got2Run 2.62 logo. Everyone gets a 2.62 bumper sticker to show off, just like the marathoners do with their 26.2 stickers!

Stepping up to wellness, Libertyville – May 20th
On Sunday, May 20, please join the Cancer Wellness Center of Northbrook, IL for their 5th AnnualRun/Walk. The event supports the Center and their Wellness Programs, which focuses on nutrition, exercise, spirituality, mediation and support groups. In 2008, the 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and the Marcia Slotky Family Walk attracted over 1300 runners and walkers and raised an amazing $155,000.00. This year’s event — to be held at Independence Grove in Libertyville- promises to be bigger and better.

Pathways 8th Annual 5K, Glenview – June 2nd
Pathways  is a state of the art, not-for-profit, outpatient pediatric therapy center located in Glenview, IL. The Center provides occupational therapy, physical therapy andspeech/language/feeding therapy for children with developmental delays, autism, sensory integration disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, and other neurological and orthopedic conditions.

Beloit Half Marathon & 5K, Beloit – July 21st
Finish behind homeplate of the Beloit Snappers Stadium. Free Miller64 Beer Over 21. Awesome Tech TShirt. Outstanding Finisher Medal.

Run from the cops 5K, Vernon Hills – July 22nd
The Jailbreak is back! Join us Sunday July 22nd, 2012 at 8:00 AM. Officers line up at the back of the starting gate and  “chase” participants through the course.  As our event has grown officers from surrounding communities have also joined the cause.

Champions 5K & 10K, Chicago – August 11th
All 10K & 5K participants will receive a customized Dri Fit T-Shirt (Men’s and Women’s Sizes), Customized Race Mug and Goody Bag. The event ends with a “Breakfast of Champions” breakfast of eggs, meat and BEER for all of our “Champions”, post-race ceremony, prizes, medals, and much more!

Wausau Marathon & Half Marathon, Wausau WI – August 25th
Finish in Downtown Wausau. Free Miller64 Beer Over 21. Awesome Tech TShirt. Outstanding Finisher Medal. Saturday Evening Free Post Race Concert for Participants starting  at 5PM. Live Bands throughout the course

There are a lot more races that allow jogging strollers, you can look them up at

It’s always fun to run with your family and as parents who run we always appreciate events that accommodate strollers, but it’s important to remember a few things when participating.

1) Start at the back of the pack.
2) Go slow, don’t plan on setting a PR if you’re pushing a stroller.
3) Keep some distance from the runners in front of you.
4) Don’t stop on the course. if you have to stop pull as far off the the side as you can.

If you know of any other good stoller friendly races, tell me about them in the comments section!

Family, Life and Training – How to fit it all in

Family, Life and Training – How to fit it all in

I’ve written about the balance of fitting triathlon training in to an already busy schedule, but as my work situation has changed it’s actually gotten a little harder.


Right now I’m trying to balance being a Stay at Home Dad of a 2 year old and a 3 month old, and training. Lately I’ve been trying to be a super early morning (like 3 or 4am) person, so I can workout before “work” starts but there are some variables where even that fails. For example the last two days my 2 year old woke up several times between 2am and 4 am. And when he’s up at 4 HE. IS UP!  So that killed my early AM swims.

Yesterday I decided to hit the pool at 8pm instead, unfortunately it was closed for repair. The new plan (with Coach Jen’s approval) was to make the swim up today and do a double workout. I was pretty pumped about this! I would swim in the morning and do my Bike/Run brick in the afternoon. A total swim/bike/run day HOLLA!

Wrong… Well not totally, but it hasn’t panned out so far. My son was up at 4am, good bye morning swim… So the plan right now is to Bike/Run in the afternoon still and then swim tonight.

My only issue with night workout is that at the end of the day, weather I was working in an office downtown or managing 2 kids at home, I’m worn out! I NEED to bang these swims, rides and runs in first thing in the morning to assure they get done, and get done well.

At the beginning of this seasons training schedule, I talked to Jen about my new stay at home situation and mentioned that if I could do a bunch of my runs on a treadmill that it would make my life a little easier. She said that running outside is always best, but treadmill was okay as long as I ran at a 1-2% incline to simulate running outdoors.

So in a couple weeks my treadmill should be here, which theoretically help me get more workouts done during the kids naptime. Right now I can always ride my Felt bike on a trainer while they sleep. Last season even in the nicest weather I had to do trainer rides when I needed to be home, so did them in the back yard!


But running, just like swimming, is an issue because of the weather, amount of day light and length of time I need to run.

Today’s run is only a 15 minute hard run off the bike. Though its not ideal, for 15 minutes in 40 degree weather I can put the kids in a jogger and get it done. But if it’s an hour or more that can be a problem in the winter. So then it’s treadmill time.

So right now I’m trying to find a perfect balance… or maybe a good enough balance.

What do you do to make sure you get your training in?

Managing sleep, training and everything else.

Managing sleep, training and everything else.

You know the story. You’ve got a big week of training lined up, but you’re missing out on valuable sleep that you need to help your body recover.

It’s the story of my life right now. I’ve been working to bounce back from a knee/foot injury from the Chicago Marathon. My training has been made up of short easy workouts, slowly building to the long hard sessions I’ll need to prep for IM Florida 70.3 and IM Wisconsin.

To add to the mayhem I have a 2 year old who’s decided 4am is time to be wide awake, and a newborn who… well… is a newborn, so she hasn’t quite developed a respect for “night time” yet.


Take this morning as an example, Sam (my 2 year old) was wide awake yelling “DAAAAAAD WHERE ARE YOU!!!” At 4 am, I tried to get him to back to sleep for a while, but after an hour of up and down I called it quits and took him downstairs. My wife and I were already up and down with our newborn, so we’re drained.

It’s too early for breakfast, so we had some fruit (and coffee for me) and started to play. After a cup of coffee I had a little pep! I reluctantly put on Wonder Pets (we don’t like him to watch TV, so it’s a last resort) and I got on my bike. My legs felt like Jell-O… I just didn’t have it in me, after 5 minutes I bagged the workout.

Because I’ve been so tired I took the last 2 days off. So I REALLY wanted to get some work in today. I’m going to shoot for getting a ride and run in during nap-time. So we;ll see how that goes.

So how do you manage getting in your training and rest? Do you have any tips or suggestions?