William and I have been logging quite a few miles in our jogging stroller now that the weather is nicer here, and I thought I would share a few helpful tips for those of you who are already stroller running or are looking to start! It’s such a great way for the two of you to not only get exercise, but get outside for a healthy dose of fresh air and nature!
Run slightly to the side of the stroller
Run next to your jogging stroller with one hand on the handle bar and using the other hand as you normally would while running. This tip was the one that helped me the most when I started running with a stroller. It’s pretty awkward to run without your arms, so keeping one free helps alleviate this feeling. It also helps you keep a more normal form (or at least as normal as it can be while running with a stroller!) while you are running.
When you use both arms to push the stroller, you tend to lean forward more than you would running without a stroller. Think of it like running on the treadmill while gripping the bar in front of you–it doesn’t simulate normally running stride, and it’s less efficient.
Don’t Forget to Use the Leash
You may balk at using the stroller leash, but all it takes is one wipe out or misstep and your stroller could get loose and crash into something, or worse run into the street! Using the leash is safe and gives you extra piece of mind while pushing your little one. It might seem a little annoying to use at first, but you will get used to it.
Lock Your Front Wheel
Locking the front wheel of your jogger is an important safety feature. If you hit a bump or a rock and your front wheel is not locked, you can lose control of the stroller and its precious cargo. You can leave it unlocked if your walking leisurely, but if you run, lock it! It also makes the stroller much easier to control when you are running at a faster pace.
If you run with a BOB, look at the front wheel and you will see a pin with a red top that you will pull out. Twist the wheel into place. Drop it into the slot and then release the pin to lock it in place.
Bring Extra Layers, Snacks and Water
You never know what the conditions will be when you’re out running, so it’s always a good idea to take advantage of the storage basket under your jogging stroller. Store an extra shirt or sweatshirt for you and your child. Don’t forget snacks and water too, especially if you are on a long run. It’s also a good idea to pack a small first aid kit to stow in your parent organizer or in the storage basket. Better safe than sorry!
Run on a Bike Path or Walkway without Traffic
I know this sounds kind of like common sense, but there are a lot of distracted (and disgruntled!) drivers out there. Running on a path that is closed to traffic will help keep you both safer, especially in low light or adverse weather conditions. If you are running in lower light conditions, please make sure that you have reflectors on the wheels of your stroller and that you wear proper reflective gear.