Running with a Stroller: Part 1
We did 3 miles in the stroller!
My running buddy was out like a light as soon as we got out there – great news for me, since I know I can take her on longer runs now. Actually, it’s better if we run longer so I don’t interrupt her nap!
I knew my form would be disrupted – gals out there without strollers or children, enjoy your freedom!! I would be inclined to say this is going to toughen me up in the end. It’s challenging to keep your form AND keep the stroller from careening off road.
Weather is much more of a challenge with the stroller as well. Wind I consider “fun” (lol) but wind with a weather guard on a massive stroller is just a little bit of lovely torture. You’d think the wind at my back on the way home would make it easier, but controlling the beast was still challenging. My pace was almost 2 minutes slower than average but I felt like I was racing a 5k – all the while holding onto a shopping cart. Obviously it didn’t affect R, she slept through the whole thing, cozy as a kitten.
I recommend one hand on the bar. If you have to go with two, don’t squeeze! Keep your fingers loose and your palms touching softly so you can respond to the pavement’s irregularities. I unlocked my front wheel so that I could navigate the twists and turns better, maybe next time I’ll try with a lock. I am using a Graco Run Stroller, perhaps there’s something out there that handles better in the wind – something with a built in weather cover perhaps. Maybe a chariot is worth the investment when I have two kids to lug around…*fingers crossed*
Who has some tips or tricks for me for part 2???