Thank you, guest blogger Sarah Canney for this wonderful piece on running with a stroller! Read on to see how to get the most from your jogging stroller experience…
Since my daughter, Sophia was big enough to ride in my jogging stroller we have been running together. Over the past two-and-a-half years we have logged many miles, from small trips around the block to a ten miler and every distance in between. The stroller running season in New England lasts from March until November depending on when the first and last snow falls (yep, it snows in March–sometimes April) and how cold it is, during these months we run together 3-4 times a week. It’s the only way I can get the miles in and she enjoys getting out with me.
When I found out I was pregnant with Baby #2, I had every intention of continuing to run. I ran through my first pregnancy with Sophia and knew I would do the same with my second. I got the OK from my doctor and so my running has continued, as has my stroller running. Just as running is a little different during pregnancy, running with a stroller is also different during pregnancy. I’ve found that with a few adjustments it can be an enjoyable activity. Here’s how I’ve adapted my stroller running:
If you haven’t run with a stroller yet and are wondering how to keep your child happy and occupied here are a few tips for your little one:
Stroller running has been a part of our routine from early on and is now something Sophia asks for and looks forward to. Most of the time she simply chats with me or sings while we run (so cute!). If you start the habit early your babies will be used to it, but if you’re a late starter to stroller running there are ways to get your kids on board and hopefully these tips will help.
And of course always keep in mind general safety when running with a stroller, pregnant or not.
Running with a stroller is tough to begin with, add in being pregnant and it can get somewhat challenging, but it is still doable. With a few adjustments you can continue to run with your stroller until it becomes too strenuous or uncomfortable. Most guidelines for exercise during pregnancy say that if you were doing it pre-pregnancy then it should be fine during pregnancy. If you haven’t run with a stroller before, its inadvisable to start running with one during pregnancy. Of course, you always want to check with your doctor before engaging in any kind of exercise while pregnant. But don’t be afraid to get out there and do what you love, for me that’s running with my daughter. Soon enough I’ll be pushing a double:-)
Sarah Canney is a former high school English teacher turned blogger and freelance writer. When she’s not pushing her daughter in a stroller she’s racing and has run six marathons, countless 5K’s, 10Ks and “whole bunch” of Half Marathons. She and her husband live in New Hampshire and have a two-and-a-half year old daughter and are expecting a baby boy in September. You can find her on her blog at www.RunFarGirl.com and on Twitter @SarahCanney.
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