Hot to Trot and baby rucking


Running in circles has never been so fun, @stacey__ferguson! 🙌Today was the Hot to Trot 8 hour event, and if Stacey wasn’t exhausted from running one mile loops all morning with me, I wore her out by talking her ear off the whole time. 😂Nothing like passing 20+ trail miles with a friend! ❤️ I ran the first half with Stacey, and then hiked with Cadence for the next 5ish miles. 👶 Didn’t quite make it to 8 hours once Cadence joined, but we had so much fun while we were out there! #guts #hottotrot #longrun #motherrunner #trailrunning #womenrunning #marathontraining #bestlittletrainingbuddy #21monthsold #kelty #babywearing #gobeyondpace #runyourworld

Today I ran the Hot to Trot 8 hour race, abbreviated to 5.5 hours for a baby. ❤ I started out running with a friend who I met over Instagram, and I enjoyed every lap so much getting to know her. I love our running community! My husband brought Cadence to me a little over 4 hours into the race, so I hiked another hour and a half with Cadence. I totaled about 20 running miles and about 6 miles hiking with Cadence.

Hiking with Cadence is one of my favorite things because she is a delightful passenger, but it’s also a great workout. Most people “ruck” with a weighted vest, but in this case, I have a weighted baby! 🙂 Here is a neat article that I read last year talking about all of the benefits of rucking. My favorite benefit listed by Men’s Health was this:

It Builds Your Endurance—Safely
Rucking turns your lazy walk into a heart health boosting endurance endeavor.

“The cardio benefits of rucking are comparable to those gained from other long, slow distance exercises like jogging,” says Jason Hartman, C.S.C.S. who trains Special Forces soldiers for the US Military.

But unlike jogging—which has an injury rate anywhere from 20 to 79 percent, according to a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine—rucking actually makes you more injury resilient, says Hartman.

“It builds up your hip and postural stability, and that makes you more injury proof in all your other activities,” he says.

Anyone else love to ruck (with or without a baby)? What about timed events?