THEY SEE ME STROLLIN'

In my new life there is a more stroller running. Like a lot more. I used to run her around the lake on Saturday once in awhile. Nothing over 4 miles. Last week I did 3 runs pushing PJ. I am lucky enough to have a really good running stroller, the Mountain Buggy, but it's still not my #1 choice over running solo. 


If you’re new to stroller running I will say this, it does get easier. I could barely crack 9 minute pace when I rarely ran the stroller, now I run 7:30s just fine. I think a lot of my struggle was because my tires were pretty flat. Tip number one: pump up those tires! 



STROLLER RUNNING SURVIVAL TIPS

PUMP UP THE TIRES
Can’t say it enough. Bring your run stroller into a good bike store, they will help you make sure the pressure is just right.

BRING ALL THE THINGS
My checklist

  • Cookie Monster 
  • Elmo Goes Potty book  
  • Cheese
  •  Cheerios 
  • Water for PJ 
  • Water for me 
  • PJ’s sunglasses 
  • Second running watch for PJ  
  • Jacket and pants for park after 
  • Phone 
  • Headphones
PRAY TO THE GODS OF GOOD MOODS
Sample prayer:
Please let ____ be in the mood to sit and watch the world go by at a blazing 7 miles an hour. Please let there be many doggies and birdies to look at.  May the sight of each fill her with joy and the will to keep sitting on her bum. On her bum!

PRAY TO THE GODS OF THE SKY
Sample prayer:
Please let the sun shine, but not too bright as it bothers my ___’s eyes and will make him/her scream eyes! Eyes! Eyes! Until her/his sunglasses are on or we go inside. Please let no water fall from the skies or blustery winds blow. And can you go light on the mud puddles?

Mud kickback is legit

ADJUST YOUR WARMUP
Toddlers are perfect for weighted squats. However their patience is low and you have to cheer them on, which takes the wind out of my sails. Or lungs. Any banded exercises results in PJ trying to climb all over me to get “into the band” and isn’t worth attempting. Lunging with toddlers … mixed reviews.

So I guess I’m saying if you’re used to some elaborate (or any) warmup routine, forget it.

Positive Note: I have found that a Sesame Street Spotify dance party can serve as a good warmup and is also good for shaking toddler sillies out before they are asked to sit for 45 minutes.

MAKE LIKE A DUCK
And let the glares and occasional verbal assaults roll right off your back. Running with a stroller is the equivalent of driving a mini van on the highway. Even if you’re going 85 MPH everyone assumes you’re slow and need to be honked at and aggressively passed.

I am constantly being hurried across the five way stop by drivers, “C’mon lady!! Go.” Um. I think I’ll wait for the SUV to cross the other lane if you don’t mind. And getting glared at for getting “too close” when passing on the run, even when the glarer is at the end of a four across chat-fest on Green Lake. I’m still the same width essentially. They on the other hand are FOUR PEOPLE WIDE. Step off ME!!! ARGH. Eh hem, I mean let it roll. Right off your back.

BRING BEYONCÉ
Having a friend makes stroller running much easier. And if you can’t recruit a friend, bring Beyoncé. One headphone in can make all the difference. The challenge is commenting in a sing-song voice on all the duckies and doggies while in your head you’re all, “Legs movin' side to side, smack it in the air…”
 

WAYS TO MAKE TIME GO FASTER
  • Keep a tally of all the bros you pass. 
  • Yell out duckie, doggie and birdie when you spot them. 
  • Play knock-knock on the stroller visor. 
  • Pay attention to your form, unhunch! 
  • Beyoncé (see above). 
  • Challenge yourself to get Cheerios, water etc without stopping the stroller. #skillz 
  • Teach your toddler to cheer for you on demand.

Do you stroller run? Are you one of the super humans pushing a three wide (I seriously can’t even fathom)? Tips?

Comments

  1. I'm a stroller mama. I did it with my first with a terrible stroller. This time around I registered for the expensive BOB and made sure that everyone knew I really wanted it. And I got it! After a really difficult pregnancy comeback I started pushing the stroller 4 months ago. I finally feel like I am in the groove. I even hit 7 miles in one run last week. Huge deal. But then I also realized I was making a stupid mistake. When my front tire started having issues I busted out the book. I found that I was supposed to be running with the front tire locked the whole time. Oops. Ok, so now with a locked tire, how do you turn easily? I feel like I have to pick up the front wheel. I miss the swivel. But they say it isn't safe to run like that.

    Sorry that was long. Lol. Love your posts.

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  2. I'm a stroller mama. I did it with my first with a terrible stroller. This time around I registered for the expensive BOB and made sure that everyone knew I really wanted it. And I got it! After a really difficult pregnancy comeback I started pushing the stroller 4 months ago. I finally feel like I am in the groove. I even hit 7 miles in one run last week. Huge deal. But then I also realized I was making a stupid mistake. When my front tire started having issues I busted out the book. I found that I was supposed to be running with the front tire locked the whole time. Oops. Ok, so now with a locked tire, how do you turn easily? I feel like I have to pick up the front wheel. I miss the swivel. But they say it isn't safe to run like that.

    Sorry that was long. Lol. Love your posts.

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    1. I keep the wheel unlocked if I'm on smooth pavement! It's so much harder when it's locked. Confessions...

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    2. Oh my goodness. I'm glad it's not just me. After two runs of trying the locked wheel I went back.

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  3. Bring all the things! Yes, so essential. Packing for anything more than 3 miles feels like packing for a weekend away. Investing in a weather shield helped us. Turns out the toddler was crying because she was cold (insert mom guilt here).

    I notsosecretly love running with my kid in the stroller. Have fun out there! Thanks for sharing these tips.

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  6. Hahah totally agree!!! Love this! I get anxiety when the run is longer than 3 miles because baby does not like being in the stroller longer than that! I pack EVERYTHING! I feel terrible when I'm miles from home and the baby is crying and people are staring!🙈

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  7. All of these! I'm now a proud pusher of the double BOB (my kids are 3.5 and almost 1) and my newest trick is turning my phone into a boom box on the trail and letting the kids listen to my songs. We used to do Caspar Babypants, but now we just listen to the clean Pandora pop stations. :) The weather shield is also super important for keeping them happy and dry. I pretty much always train pushing them both, sometimes as many as 8 miles (my longest run in the single was 11 when my oldest was a babe). It has made me a much stronger runner! Go mama runners!

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  8. This really made me laugh! I have an infant so I pray to the sleep gods to keep her asleep for the entire run!

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  9. I run anywhere up to 1 hour 45 min with the pram, and run with it at least 4 days per week (I do 2-3 solo runs for faster stuff or proper long runs). It is an absolute godsend! It's hard work, and I have a few peculiar aches that come only from pram running, but it's worth it. We use it to commute a lot of places instead of driving - if we're going somewhere within 3 miles of home it's usually quicker to run when you factor in parking, getting in and out of the car etc.

    The only thing that I bring for my son to stay amused is food, and water. And my pram (a Thule Glide) has a permanently fixed front wheel - it's easy to get in the habit of popping it up when I need to turn but I think that doing that all the time contributes to a different running form - and the weird aches I mentioned!

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  10. Love this!! I'm going to to send it to my running mama friends!

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  11. Running watch for PJ - haha! My big issue when I was stroller jogging (let's be real) is that my rib kept going out. So, big time agreement on the good form and then I saw that Jasyoga has a new video for balance after stroller running that I need to check out.

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  12. omg how do you get your baby to love the jogging stroller?! I had these wild dreams my daughter would just sleep the whole time but no....she screams...and people stare. Does it get better or is it a once they hate it they will always hate it thing?

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  13. I ran with Z in the stroller until he was at least 3 and 1/2; we trained for 3 marathons together and he came on EVERY SINGLE LONG RUN. Needless to say, we got pretty good at the whole schtick. In addition to the general principle of bringing all the things with you I suggest getting a weather cover. Not only is it helpful in keeping raindrops off of grumpy toddlers but (perhaps even more importantly) it keeps the stroller from turning into an inverted sail on windy days and (perhaps most importantly) it keeps all the stuff contained in the stroller when the kiddo reaches the dreaded "throw everything out over and over again" stage. Trust me, you won't regret it!

    Despite the fact that stroller running is unwieldy at best I do have to say that I kind of loved it. We had some fun times on those Sunday long runs. Z loved being outside, we had lots of sweet conversations, he became dear friends with my training partner, and on one epic morning he even serenaded us with the entire soundtrack to Oklahoma, sung in order in his little 3 year old voice. I definitely don't regret bringing him with me on all those runs!

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  14. I ran with my second in a single, fixed-wheel, and it blew! We live in a city with miles and miles of golf cart paths, so at least I don't have to worry about cars...just the four wide women gabbing or the teenagers flying around turns on the golf cart. Ha! My friend and I used to take turns putting all of our kids on the golf cart and running alternating miles so we WOULDN'T have to push strollers. I got a double BOB for Christmas a couple years ago when I had my third and it was beastly trying to push a 4 and 1 year old. Now I only have one to push, but it's still in the double and she's usually good for an hour with minimal entertainment because I usually forget to grab something. I don't love it, but I don't hate it.

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  15. I am catching up on your blog since following you on IG. Loved all your posts - the recap on the trial made me cry. As a momma runner (of 3) - and also previously Seattle based and now in NYC, I love your inspiration. This post made me laugh OL - and reflect back on my many miles along Greenlake. we sold our Greenlake house this month - which is one block from the lake. Even though we have been in NYC for 4 years it was not easy to let go. But it was time. Change is tough! Good job for doing it gracefully with humor and dedication.

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