Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Can you run a mile - naked?

Abbie and Micah can. Last night at bedtime, I was getting them undressed in the den. I said to Abbie, "Now, before you go get your pull-up and pj's, I want you to run around the house two times!" By "running around the house", I mean the loop that goes kitchen, hallway, living room, kitchen (there are 2 kitchen doors in our house, one at each end). The "loop", we discovered later, is 56 feet long. So Abbie squealed and started running. (Naked.) Micah, of course, wanted to get into the fun (Katie was in the bath and therefore not participating. She was jealous, though.). So Micah started running. I had to be the "lap-counter" for both of them. Abbie paused for a few minutes after 9 laps, so Micah got the jump on her. Then she dove back in, and the two of them ran laps for about 12-15 minutes (I wish I had timed it!). I made them stop at 100. (Although Micah got a few in after he finished 100, because Abbie was behind him. He did 106.) So Jon and I were curious as to how far they had actually run, because although they were a bit sweaty, Micah wasn't even breathing hard. Jon got out the tape measure and did the math, and found that 100 laps is 1.060606 miles. (Micah did 1.124124124...etc.) It should also be said that both of them were pissed off that I made them stop, and both slept VERY well last night.

4 comments:

Melody Strayer said...

Hmmmm... interesting fitness idea. I might have to try it myself... (note to self-- make sure the blinds are closed).

nanajobx said...

i believe this started at my house when Nico was visiting . Micah and Nico ran many, many laps around the house. (not naked though). the competion was fierce and i'm sure they both slept well that night.

Gretchen said...

Melody- I should have also said that I discovered (AFTER the kids were in bed; I was in the den during the running part) that our front door was standing wide open, so my kids did 100 naked laps past a glass door with a view of the main street of our town.

Connie Garlick said...

I have run a mile - not naked. I think I would frighten the cats (not to mention my husband). And I would have to close the front door as well as the blinds.