Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Little Clarification & Why Hills Are Like Toddler Car Seats

Ok ok. I'm giving hills a bad wrap here. I do not hate hills. For me they are exactly precisely like toddler car seats. I hate the thought of them. I know it's going to be a fist fight to get that stinking seat attatched in the car just the way it's supposed to be. I know that I'm going to physically break out in a sweat as I try to cram all of my body weight into the seat to make it tight enough so that the seat will not budge. I know that my daughter will never sit still enough for it to be a simple procedure to get her into the seat and that there's a really good chance when I go to buckle her the belts will have somehow managed to twist themselves in a manner that resembles something of a pretzel and brings me pretty close to the edge of insanity (for real...why can't they just make those belts retractable into the car seat like adult seatbelts? I mean is there a reason? Or is it just some sick soul who takes pleasure in seeing moms' heads explode?)

And of course I know that getting the seat out of the car is even worse then putting it in and will most likely result in actual physical injury to do so (scraped knuckles usually, but I have been known to actually fall out of the car on occasion in attempt to get them out...what can I say? It's a tight squeeze). I have even made travel decisions based on whether or not the car seats will have to be moved.

But ultimately, I like the benefits of car seats. Yeah yeah of course safety in the case of an accident and all, God forbid, but have you also considered the benefits of having your child strapped into a car seat for any period of time however brief that may be. They're not going anywhere. They're not getting into anything. Maybe a booger or two might end up on your window, but all in all there's a significant chance they're going to fall asleep and you'll get a minute or two of peace and quite. Ahhhh...sigh...just thinking about it makes me smile. I love car rides.

So what I'm saying is the positive far outweighs the negative. So ultimatelyI do what I have to and I deal with that seat. Now as for hills... Hate the thought of them, like carseats I know it's going to be a battle (an uphill one, haha...ok that was lame). I'm going to be tired, sore, my legs are going to burn and I'm going to wonder why I'm doing it in the first place. But ultimately, I know the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. It's overcoming a challenge. Keeping things interesting. And most importantly, making me a stronger runner in the long run. So yes, I complain, but I really don't actually hate them. It's just the thought of them that I despise.

But in 3 more days, those hills willl be run. Ugh...3 more days to hate them.


Anonymous said...

Good Job!!! Sounds right to me! I enjoy reading your day to day trials. S.E.

Karen said...

What's even worse than installing a car seat? Installing a car seat with a locking clip! If you gotta install one of those suckers, you can skip your workout for the day.

Kelly's runner said...

When in doubt, run uphill!

Anonymous said...

Holy Cow! I would much rather run an hour or MORE of hills than put one of those car seats in. I think I sweat more with the car seat than running. Hang in there... runnanna