8.16.2012

Stroller Running

Baby girl had a bit of a fever on Sunday and she felt fine the next morning, but I wanted to play it safe and not bring her to the Y daycare.  We had some mommy and me time available, since big brother was at camp for a few hours, so I thought it'd be nice to dust off the ol' jogging stroller and take it out for a few miles.  And when I say dust, I mean I haven't used it in over a YEAR.  Here's the last time we used the jogger:

May 2011

And Monday:

August 2012 - Just over a year later and she's GINORMOUS


I don't even know if you could call what I was doing with the stroller on Monday 'running.'  MAN, I forgot how HARD it is to jog with a stroller.  I do remember getting used to it, and it's not necessarily about pushing the weight (not that pushing those pounds makes running any easier), but not being able to freely swing your arms takes away so much momentum.  It's like an entirely different sport.

We had fun, though and it's always nice to get extra time outside.  She even spotted some bunnies on the side of the trail as I was almost done, so we got out to say hello.

Until I saw their beady red eyes and told her to back away from the bunnies; I had visions of Watership Down flashing through my head and hightailed it outta there STAT.

I was planning on consigning the stroller and I'm glad I hadn't yet.  It was nice to have for a little play date at Greenlake during which I remembered what a great receptacle it is for carrying a bunch of crap - towels, toys a change of clothes, etc.  I may just keep it around for another year or so for emergency situations or trying to change things up.  But I'm SO VERY GLAD that it's not something I have to rely on anymore.  Mad props to my teammate Jen and of course, the queen of TRIPLE STROLLER running: Dorothy.  I was proud that I got a 9:27 minute mile amongst the four craptastic miles I put in with just a single stroller (with reaaaally low tires, I might add).  She can run triple stroller miles in the 7 minute mile range.  There should be some sort of award for that.  If you see someone out pushing that stroller on a run, I highly encourage you to give them a shout out for a job well done.



6 comments:

  1. Thanks for the shout-out! You know, today I was feeling particularly slow on a stroller run and was ready to stop when a guy passed me on a bicycle and said "you are amazing". It made me feel good and gave me the energy I needed to finish strong! So yes, the words on encouragement are awesome!

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    1. yes! I remember those days when I'd get a shout out - so encouraging, especially when it would come from other mothers :)

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  2. It is nice to hear that it is hard for others as well, lol. I am at the running stroller age and I keep expecting it to get easier . . . I 'm waiting!

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    1. haha, yes - easier, but never EASY, I'm afraid :)

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  3. I agree! It's so hard to not be able to swing your arms. Oh, and my kids feel huge in a stroller.

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    1. yeah, I don't think I have much more than a year before my youngest is just too huge!

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