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Tips For Running With A Stroller

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I love running with my jogging stroller. I’m able to get a full body work out, put in my miles for the day,  all at the same time of being with my son, without paying an arm and a leg for daycare a sitter, a personal trainer, or even gym membership. You just need to be motivated, a little educated on exercises, and have a good pair of running shoes, along with complimentary jogging stroller.

I purchased my jogging stroller about 4 years ago on Craigslist, by a mom who barely used it. It was in mint condition, and I was able to get it from her for $75! It’s the Jeep Overland Limited Jogging Stroller with Front Fixed Wheel. Yes. Fixed Front Wheel. This ties in with my upcoming tips below,  but since purchasing the stroller, I’ve put in hundreds of miles in, have replaced the tubes of the tires, after normal wear and tear, managed to drop the baby weight, and have seen amazing sunsets and sights with my son everyday, who is now turning 5 in November, and I still continue to push his little 37lb body!! (It’s actually really great weight resistance for me!)

 

Check out my Journey To 30. I have ton’s of posts on my weight loss journey and other running posts!

 

Let’s be real. Going to the gym is nice, but it doesn’t always work out. (No pun intended!) Sometime virus is floating around, and you don’t want your child to catch it being at the gym’s daycare. Also, being on the treadmill isn’t the same as being outside. Running with a stroller sounds easy, but there are a few things you need to know for safety. Now, back when I purchased the stroller in 2011 (when my son was 9-10months old), the realness had definitely faded on wanting to run. The jogging stroller literally sat in our garage for a good year and half, with occasional neighborhood strolls (no even a run!), or just a visit to the park. It really wasn’t until THIS YEAR!! I had started running everyday with my now 4 year old.

 

DISCLAIMER: This is all my opinion, based on my experience. I’ve been able to achieve positive results towards my goals
with this jogging stroller by pushing a well sized toddler, not a baby.

Tips still hold good value .

Please note that I am not a professional and that all doings on my blog must be completed at your own risk. I do not take responsibility for any harm or injury that may occur. Be safe!

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Here are 10 Tips for Running with a Jogging Stroller!

1. Research:

Research, research, research!! A mistake made when purchasing my jogging stroller (BUT ended up loving it anyways!) I barely did any research on different kinds of strollers at the time of purchasing my Jeep Overland. Because I was working on a budget and was limited to Craigslist availability. The stroller was in great condition, used once, and was at the max price point I could do! The only reason the couple was getting rid of the stroller was because they were moving out of the country.

If you plan on purchasing on a used jogging stroller here are a few things to look for:

  • Size & Weight
  • Materials
  • Wheel Size
  • FRONT Wheel Style (Obviously, which I failed to do. BUT love my stroller anyways!)
  • Easy Opening & Folding
  • Brakes
  • Wrist Strap
  • Condition of tires
  • Seat Belt Harnest
  • Accessories & Extra Features:
    • Reflectors (Be seen on the road! My stroller includes reflectors on within the fabric of the canopy which outlines the stroller)
    • Leg Holes
    • Canopy
    • Handlebars
    • Play Tray
    • Parent Tray
    • Basket Storage
  • DON’T SKIMP ON THE STROLLER. If you are going to be running often with your baby, you need to invest.
    Here is a great article from Runner’s World about finding the best jogging stroller to fit your needs.

2. Safety

Locks, brakes, handles, wrist strap. Check all, know how to use them and you’re good to go!! The wrist strap is pretty important! I jog in the hills, and most of time near water, you wouldn’t want anything to happen where you loose control and the stroller goes off to danger. Keep that wrist strap on you!

Most manufacturers of baby equipment like strollers all have certain standards. The restraint system should be a five-point harness. It secures the baby above the shoulders, waist, and in between the legs. This keeps the baby from climbing or falling.

The buckles on the harness should be easy for an adult to use, but difficult for a little one to unfasten. Be sure your child’s straps are secured, attached to the strolled and adjusted at a snug and comfortable fit!

Terrain

Along with safety, Choose a nice path, trail, concrete  or pavement your stroller can handle. I personally, take straight trails.

Stay on a leveled path, something you and your child can and enjoy!

3. Shoes

I love trail running. I love the feeling of gravel and dirt pebbles at my feet, and it’s always in the most beautiful areas, and it compliments my particular stroller. Having great shoes that fit, and that are made to cushion or stabilize your feet are important. I for instance, need trail-running shoes. They’re designed for off-road routes with rocks, mud, roots or other obstacles.

This all depends on your style of running. Assuming you’re a mom that just sticks with road running with the jogging stroller within your neighborhood, and park pathway, you’d need road-running shoes which are designed for pavement.

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4. What To Pack

Have everything in a small gym bag,  rope drawstring bag, or small diaperbag that would that be perfect for work-outs that are on the go. You don’t need everything, just the essentials. You’re not running for 3 hours, so you don’t need to pack like you’re going to the amusement park. Keep things light!

Here are some things to pack for you:

  • Water Bottle
  • External Phone Charger +Cord
  • Phone
  • Granola Bar
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Block
  • HatAfter workout: I usually have these in the car waiting for me after a work out.

Things to pack for your child:

My son is now 4, so if you have a baby you can pack whats needed for his/her age. (Diapers, milk, bottle etc..):

  • Snacks
  • Toys (Cars/Action Figures)
    • A few sandtoys (If you plan to stop by the sand park play structure)
  • Juice/Milk
  • Pack-It Travel Cooler
  • Hat/Beanie
  • Small Blanket (I run in the mornings, and it tends to be really chilly, but I love the morning AM air, so I need to make sure my son is warm and cozy!)

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5. Warmup

Warming up should gently be included before going out for a run. Even if you’re planning to drop off one of your kids to school, taking the jogging stroller! Prepare you body with exercises by gradually increasing the heart rate and circulation; this will loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles. Stretching the muscles prepares them for physical activity and prevents injuries.

I’ll be posting a warm-up routine I usually do when I run. 2 minute works out, easy and painless. (Insert evil purple emoji here.)

6. Hand Placement

In the early stages of my weight-loss journey my trainer would always push me to take my son out with the jogging stroller, and to try to push with one arm and swing the other arm. Switching often. This will help create a more regular stride. This is another good reason to keep that wrist strap on!!

Adjustable Handle – This feature makes the choice pretty clear for tall parents or serious runners. Normally, strollers make it exhausting for taller people to bend to push the stroller around. It’s great when you can lift it to your personal height and then lower it back.

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7. Infuse Workouts

To keep things interesting besides running, pull over with your stroller take out your child and do some mommy and me work-outs. My son loves trying to attempt planks. He’s really good at it! Squats, jumping jacks, step-ups and toe taps are other exercises you can try together! Try doing these little workouts for about 5 minutes, then buckle up and continue on with your run!

 8. Break

It’s important to take a break. Stop your run at the park or just let your son our and play for a little while. During this time we hydrate, I pull out any requested snacks, and we talk about our surroundings. What kind’s of animals he can spot. Other times, this is when he collects twigs, stones, feathers, and other pieces of nature.

9. Music

My jogging stroller includes a music-on-the-move speaker located in the parent tray placed between two cup-holder. Don’t pack your headphones, and just plug in your phone or iPod or iPod touch for music both you and your child can enjoy!

10. Time Frame

I keep my workouts at a max of 2hours. It’s usually a time frame in my daily schedule that works both for me, my son, and also the weather. I  pack the stroller in the car, drop off my older son to school, and then we head straight to a regional park in our area. It’s like clockwork. I’ve kept this new system within my schedule for about 8 months now. Running or no running, with or without a jogging stroller –working out, you should keep it consistent, Everyday to 5 days a week, or by mileage. 13miles split within 5-7 days. It’s doable. It all depends on how important your fitness goals are, and of course if your schedule works out with your child to run! !

Getting out and be active with your kids!! It helps teach them healthy happy habits!

Do you have any good tips for running with your stroller? Where are your favorite places to run?

Was your stroller purchased new or used like mine? Submit a comment below!

 

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Summer Breeze (My Last 10K!)

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I’ve been asked quite a few times, aren’t I wasting my money registering for these 5K/10K races. My answer:

It’s not a waste of money. I’m not here to show off. The medals and bibs I display in my home are to inspire my children. I want them to say, “If mommy can do it, I can do it too!”

For those who clearly do not have children, or have no desire to inspire, I get it why you would think it’s a waste of money. On my behalf, I’m proving myself my body is capable of doing something great, not just crossing the finishing line. My mind, body, and soul are all in tuned, and coming home with a fantastic glow on my face, with a shinny medal is just a prize. The LARGER prize I receive is when I arrive home from my race, and sharing my race with my children. And that is definitely something you can’t buy. For those who like applying a dollar amount on everything. There you go, literally, my registration fee to my race is to the bib and medal I can show to my children. Happy? (Pffft. SMH) 

With that said, I can run continue running everyday, working hard, waking up early E V E R Y D A Y, eating right, stretching, foam rolling and THEN come home hot and sweaty, miles are documented on my running app, my body and mind are fulfilled, but my children won’t care. They witness mommy running everyday, and see me collecting these medals.

Now lets breeze to my results of my last 10K!!

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Can we all giggle a little because I am again in the top 10 of my age division?! Celebrating and embracing my ability to keep the same position, I also improved my pace time by a minute, within a week from my last lace

(Click here to read about more from last weeks 10K!)

Top 1o Female 10K 25-29

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I’m very satisfied and content with the end result. Too be absolutely honest, I was not able to run at all that much this week due to a family emergency. I stuck with other at home routines (abs, knees, legs) all at home. SO it’s surprising to me I was able to still stay within the top 10 in my age division. Very proud of myself.

Here are some photos from the race! Enjoy!

(Photos provided by Brazen Racing)

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The race was held at the San Leandro Marina (about 50 minutes from San Francisco).

Located off Monarch Bay Drive, this 30-acre regional park that borders the beautiful San Leandro Shoreline.

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Look at the intensity… And the bayshore view.
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Continue to follow me as I train for my first Half Marathon later in the year!! I’m very excited to share my journey, and hope I can inspire anyone else out there!!!

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We Just Run

There are seasons in life, where you focus on 1 thing, and that 1 thing consumes everything about you. With me, its running. I typically do a good job with keeping my body active, as I go to the gym, lift weights, and do all my health and body corrections (Foam rolling, and occasional massages). But when it comes to a phase of running…..I go all in.

I’m no full marathon runner, but I’d to be. One goal of mine, is to complete a full marathon (26.2 Miles FYI), at 4.30Hrs. I believe I can do it.  But I have to work hard, train hard, and RUN.

Here’s one of my go to running gear sites.

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They provide everything from running shoes, trainers, and any apparel for the typical running! Check’em out! I gotta run!

Next up: Training for my holiday marathons…

#WeJustRun

 

Happy Shopping!

 

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