Hello! It has been almost an entire month since I last posted and that marks my biggest (unplanned, but welcomed) break in blogging, ever. I found that I did not have much to say lately so blogging took a seat in the way back of the bus. I got a notification that I had to renew my URL so I decided that was a sign to start posting on the regular again (relatively speaking, of course).
All though my running is minimal (about 10 miles a week), I am enjoying it very much lot right now. I am not training yet so I head out whenever I want to (or skip it when I am not feeling it). Last Monday night I ran a local 5k with Jennie in tow. It was hilly and it was hard but I finished in 25:16 (good enough for 3rd place AG)! This was my 3rd race with the stroller (so I am obviously now an expert).
I generally will only run with the stroller in very small races. With that said, here are some of my tips for racing with the stroller:
- Always check the race website to see if strollers are allowed. If it isn’t mentioned, shoot an email to the race director and ask. It would suck to show up to a race (without a babysitter) and strollers aren’t allowed!
- Check out the course or ask around ahead of time. Nothing like a surprise monster hill or a long stretch of uneven pavement. During the race last week, part of the road was choppy from construction and even though I slowed down a lot to go over it, the stroller sort of skidded out and it scared the CRAP out of me (I ran the remainder of the race with a white-knuckle death grip on the handlebar).
- Prepare your child (as best as possible, toddlers are extremely unpredictable lol). Give them snacks or a drink or their favorite toys. I generally stuff her toys into the pockets of the stroller or tie the toy to the stroller because she tends to catapult things out of the stroller when she is “done” with them!
- I personally like to start near the front. Though you may be careful as hell to avoid hitting anyone with the front wheel, other people dodge in front of you (and may not even know you are behind them) and it is very possible to clip some heels and it could end painfully for other runners.
- Talk to your child during the race! Ask if they are having fun! Point out cute doggies and tell them to say hi and wave to spectators! I like to make it a fun experience for my daughter as well.
General stroller running tips (what has worked for me):
- Push with one arm and use the other for momentum. Rotate pushing arms.
- Gran handlebar with both hands for control when running up and down hills.
- Never assume cars see you
- Time stroller runs around nap time 🙂
If you want to run a race that is stroller-friendly, visit RunStrollerRun.com. It is a great resource for finding stroller-friendly events in your area.
If you have run a race with a stroller, what are your tips?