There are some days when you don’t want to go to the grocery store with your kids, what with packing up of the van, then the cart. And don’t even get us started on when (not if) one or more of them has to go to the bathroom. But a trip to the supermarket is probably a walk in the park for Jenn Weatherall. The mother of two took part in the Ed Whitlock Half-Marathon over the weekend — and brought along four kids.
It was all in an effort to break a Guinness World Record for the most children pushed in a stroller during a half-marathon, Weatherall pushed, and pulled, two double strollers with two kids in each of them. The Waterloo, Ont., mother ran 21.1 km and completed the race in just under three hours and 25 minutes.
Weatherall told CTV News that “the last 10 kilometres” were the worst, as maintaining the double strollers made her shoulders so sore she “couldn’t move them anymore,” but what’s a little pain if it means breaking a world record? Still, that’s not all Weatherall wanted to accomplish. She also wanted to show her kids that anything is possible if you work hard enough for it.
Weatherall added that the kids were totally fine throughout the race because, like the supermom she is, she had loads of distractions to keep them busy. “They all had things to do and things to colour, lots of treats and food. No one complained and they all slept for the last hour, so it was perfect.”
For those of us whose children can’t sit through a 90-minute movie or a trip to the grocery store, it’s OK to be a little jealous of Weatherall and the equally awesome kids, right? Sore muscles and all.