We are in the middle of a good old fashioned heat wave up here in New England. I haven’t been able to do much running because of this heat, being with child and all, and I miss it. After I was told by my doctor that running is a.o.k. during this pregnancy I am wishing I could be out there every day. (Note: my heart rate should not be over 125 for more than 15 minutes. I do a mix of walking and running).
The last time I went running alone was a couple weeks ago and it was great and I got to listen to my music and decompress a little more than usual. But… I missed my running buddy.
We have a Bob Revolution SE. Like the treadmill, I think the jogging stroller gets a bad rap. Here’s a few reasons I love mine.
1. It looks badass. You know when you see a mama motoring down the street pushing a stroller (and HUGE props for a double stroller), you think “Wow, she is dedicated. What a badass mom.” At least in my head you all do.
2. It kills time. This isn’t as big an issue for me now because Priscilla is more independent and doesn’t require all my attention all of the time. Just most of my attention most of the time. Last year especially, a 30-45 minute run in the stroller was perfect. A book, some water, and we were good to go.
3. It helps with my stride. While it took a little while to get used to not swinging my arms, I actually felt like it helped with my feet. I have a big heel striking problem and if you think about pushing a stroller and running, its harder to kick your foot out far enough to heel strike than when you’re just running alone. I don’t know if it has translated into better form, but I feel like I’m being more efficient. Which brings me to…
4. I’m faster when I run with the stroller. Yes. It sounds strange that I would be faster pushing a stroller and tiny human, but I still run with my Garmin and right from the beginning my comfortable pace was faster than it was before I was using it. I don’t know if its because pushing the stroller gives me momentum that carries me or if I feel like I should be running faster for her entertainment, but the numbers don’t lie here.
I think it hit me that I loved running with the stroller one day when I was out and huffing and puffing along. I was actually having a tough run that day. And I jogged by a man out walking his dogs who said “you know, you’re lucky you can do that!” And I thought wow… yes, I am. I can exercise, spend time with my daughter AND set a good healthy example for her. I am lucky, indeed.