Running with a Stroller

6 Sep

Even though I said I was going to start running more than once a week, I haven’t. But at least I’m still running that one time a week. And I can finally see my frequency going up because….

I’ve started running with the stroller.

This is a milestone in 2 ways:

1) Emma used to only last 10 minutes in the stroller (in her carseat) before having a meltdown. Now, she can hold toys and enjoys looking around, so she’s content for up to 30 minutes.

2) Pushing a stroller while running is a crapton more work. Especially when I lock the front wheel to stay straight (like you’re supposed to). The stroller wants to veer to the right slightly, so I’m continually pushing on it to stay in a straight line.

The first run I did with the stroller was around our block a couple of times. MapMyRun on my phone said that it was a mile, but Travis doesn’t believe that. Based on my pace though, I believe it! (If it’s not right, I’m REALLY slow!)

strollerrun1The second run I did was around a small lake (pond?) near our house. One lap around it is roughly .5 mile so I did 4 laps.

strollerrun2One side of the lake is slightly hilly (or at least it feels like it with a stroller!) so I was very pleased about my pace. Maybe I can have a ‘fast’ 5K yet.

Speaking of which, I officially signed up for the Community Christian 5K on September 14! The race raises money for the school, and my good friend’s kids go there. She’s running the race too.


Another one of my friends is going to watch Emma (since Travis will be in Wyoming hunting antelope). I’m very excited. Races are so fun.

Do/have you run with a stroller? Any tips?

4 Responses to “Running with a Stroller”

  1. lynette September 6, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    I have, but quickly found a jogging stroller on freecycle. Made all the difference in the world. Still more difficult than solo.

  2. specialkkluthe September 6, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    @Lynette – I’m running with a jogging stroller too, but it’s still hard! 😉

  3. jenm83 September 6, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    We love our jogging stroller!! It’s a serious stroller let me tell you. 20 inch back wheels and 16 inch front wheels. I think wheel size makes a big difference. Stays in a straight line and so easy to push while running. We signed up for our first ever 5k! Run or Dye! Looking forward to it.

  4. Angie @ Pint of Goals September 6, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    I’ve run with our BOB a few times and it’s went well. I can only run two miles without stopping, and then I run/walk the last mile (not sure why I have this thing about doing at least three miles). I’m bad, though, and don’t lock the front wheel; I’m on a walking paved path for most of my loop and it feels stable to me.
    Congrats on signing up for the 5K! I may do one with Finley in a few weeks to support cancer research. I miss racing!

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