When I started running again 2 years ago, I assumed that as the kids grew, I'd get stronger and therefore pushing them in the jogger would get easier. This was true for only the first year or so. I seem to have reached a plateau. Some days, pushing the jogger is a huge struggle.
My training plan called for 8-10 miles (with 6:00 min total uphill time) today. My hip was surprisingly not much of a concern but I just didn't feel much 'umph' today. I felt fatigued, sluggish and slow. I managed to pull out just 6 miles at an average 11 min mile pace. Without the stroller, I average about 8:30, so this bothers me. Granted, I stopped a few times to rehydrate, pick a leaf or two for the kiddos and talk about the difference between simple and compound leaves, answer random questions, and assist them with their snacks - generally forgetting to stop my watch (oops!) so I would guess I my pace was a little faster than recorded.
Perhaps it was the heat (low 80s)? Perhaps I didn't eat well enough last night/this morning? Perhaps I was just tired in general? In any case, I want to do better but don't want to overdo it either. It seems I'm walking a fine line. Then again, aren't we all?