Finding the time and the energy to exercise after having kids is no easy feat. Between the late-night feedings, the general lack of sleep, juggling a seemingly impossible number of new tasks – squeezing anything else into your already packed schedule feels laughable. But in reality, it’s important to make time for things that keep you sane. It may be a while before you return to gaming with the boys until sunrise, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a half-hour to do whatever the heck you want now and then.
If you thought juggling life with one infant was a lot (and it is, it’s a lot), imagine doing it with five. Chad and Amy Kempel always wanted a big family, but after a long and painful struggle with infertility and pregnancy loss, they feared they would never become parents.
After years of wishing for a baby of their own, the couple’s prayers were answered and answered again, and then answered a few more times. Amy gave birth to five small but healthy babies, giving the overjoyed new parents the big family they’d always wanted.
“One of my escapes, either after they go to bed or early in the morning, is I go for a run,” Chad told Yahoo news. “Running is my thing, that’s my anti-depressant, that’s my feel-good, that’s my celebration. Every emotion, I pair that with running… When we had the quintuplets, I didn’t really expect that I would go running with all five of them at the same time.”
With their first birthday approaching, Chad decided to celebrate the massive journey the little family went through to get where they are today. As an added bonus, Chad’s symbolic celebration also allowed him to share his passion with the people he loved. For the quintuplets’ first birthday, Chad strapped the crew into perhaps the world’s only 5-seated running stroller and ran a full freaking marathon. Oh, and he also set a world record for “fastest marathon pushing a quintuple pram” in the process (4 hours, 42 minutes, and 49 seconds).
“Normally I would sprint towards the finish, especially when trying to set a record like this,” Chad recalled. “But we were running towards it, and I thought, I don’t want this moment to end. So I stopped, and brought it to a walk, and said I’m just going to walk across this thing and take it all in… I want the kids to know that anything is possible. Doing things like this with the kids is the kind of stuff that I had hoped that I would do as a parent.”
You can catch up with Chad and his amazing family on his YouTube Channel that’s clearly “Home of the Quint Hacks” right here.