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Running With A Jogging Stroller

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When I was pregnant, my husband and I knew we wanted a jogging stroller. We’re both runners. After doing tons of research, we decided to purchase the Bob Revolution with the Infant Car Seat Adapter. It’s perfect because we could just plop the car seat in when she was younger, and now that she’s older, she can sit front facing. When I first started running with her, I was so nervous… both for her and for myself!

Would she like it?

Would I like it?

How exhausted will I get?

Will she cry the entire time?

…. Truth?

I LOVE IT! And so does she!

Running with a jogging stroller is one of the hardest workouts I’ve ever done!

Pushing a twenty pound baby in a twenty pound jogging stroller for 6 miles with rolling hills is intense!

It’s definitely taken my running to a whole other level!

I felt a little awkward at first. I had no idea what type of form to use. I was worried that I would be leaning forward too much.

Here are some tips I use when running with a jogging stroller:

  • To ride in a jogging stroller, the baby has to be at least six months old. If you have an infant car seat adapter, then they can run with you younger than six months.
  • I always keep at least one hand on the stroller when running. Its easier for me to run with one hand on the stroller and swing the other arm.
  • My pace is a little slower. But I’m okay with that. I’m pushing forty pounds… so a slower pace is expected.
  • I always pack a cell phone and some cash. Even though I’m not too far away from my home… you never know when it’ll come in handy.
  • I can carry water now! I’ve never been one to run while carrying a water bottle. With the stroller, I can easily pack a water bottle… both for me and for her.

The best thing about it is that we both get out of the house. I feel better because I get my run in… and she gets the stimulation of the outdoors.

What about you? Does anyone run with a stroller or know someone who does? Any tips?

19 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on April 1, 2010 at 10:19 am

    6 miles with a jogging stroller?!?! You are TOUGH! I’m sure it is very hard.

    That picture is so adorable by the way. I’m so glad you get to spend every moment with her now. 🙂

  2. Beth @ DiningAndDishing said on April 1, 2010 at 10:38 am

    It’s so great to see active mommies! I hope I’m that fit when I’m a mum 🙂

  3. Danielle (Coffee Run) said on April 1, 2010 at 10:45 am

    PROPS to you for running while pushing a stroller! If I ever had a child, I would def. use one 😀

  4. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on April 1, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Gosh she is SO precious. And, I can’t imagine running while pushing forty pounds! I think running is so difficul now!

  5. Samantha said on April 1, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Great post!!!

  6. Ameena said on April 1, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    That is the CUTEST picture!

    I used to jog with Maya’s Bugaboo stroller because we had no space for a jogger. That stroller was actually pretty decent!

    Good for you Estela! 6 miles is amazing!!

  7. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said on April 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Oh my gosh she is gorgeous!!! I can’t even begin to imagine running while pushing a stroller but I have heard that the “bob” is the best one!! 🙂

  8. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on April 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    That’s hard-core. Those strollers are heavy, and to push that while running takes coordination I don’t have. Oh isn’t she so cute in there?!

  9. Lisa said on April 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    She is precious! I don’t have kids (yet) but I know that I will want to be able to continue my exercise program while pregnant or afterward. I’m glad to hear that these jogging strollers are a good find! I’ve heard some mixed results.

  10. kalli@fitandfortysomething said on April 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    your daughter is so beautiful! i imagine running with her and the stroller is very hard-yikes 🙂

  11. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on April 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    i see moms running with a joggin stroller a lot and i can’t help but admire them! that’s a hard thing to do, but i think it’s awesome to present an active lifestyle to the kids at such a young age! way to go on the 6-miler!

  12. Mo@MommyRD said on April 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    We have the BOB Revolution too and love it! (And the carseat adaptor was worth every penny.) I’m impressed by your 6 miles. I’ve only worked up to 4, and boy, it’s the hardest workout. I was able to run 7 easily without the stroller without having done that distance in a couple of years. I agree with all your tips.

  13. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place said on April 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    holy moly 6 miles pushing a stroller?! that is amazing!! your baby is so cute, by the way. 🙂

  14. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on April 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    So precious!

  15. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on April 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Good grief…you are awesome running with a stroller! That has to be one heck of a workout! Seriously, those little cheeks are too cute. No wonder you decided to stay home. I would miss those all day!

  16. Jess said on April 1, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    She is adorable!!!

    I used my jogging stroller ALL of the time – both for jogging and power walking. You are totally right, it is nice to be able to carry stuff and it takes the workout to a whole new level!

  17. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie said on April 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Oh your daughter is a cutie 🙂

    I never thought about all the details that goes into buying baby gear…

  18. Nicole, RD said on April 1, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    If and when I have children, a jogging stroller is one thing I look forward to doing together most! Estela, your baby girl is gorgeous!!! 🙂 So glad you’re having a blast being the best mommy!

  19. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on April 2, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I have the Bob Ironman and although I dont blog about it, do at least 5 miles a day between power walking or running, either solo or with the hubs, with skylar in it. 3 yrs 2 mos later, 5 miles a day, 150 miles a month, x 36 mos, we’re talking 4000 miles+ in that thing and it’s still going strong.

    I’d say the stroller weights 25-30 lbs, random blankets and crap in it another few lbs, and child now weights 30-35 lbs. So I am humping close to 70 lbs and yes girl, adds a new dimension to working out!

    Major pet peeve is when cars wont cut me an iota of slack and I have to “break” stride or navigate that big thing up a random ramp that if car had been nice, i wouldnt have to do. Im sure you have these little moments too 🙂