6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Strollin Along

I often get emails from readers of Tall Mom, I TRY to respond ASAP.. I may not always have an answer but I can generally put you in the right direction. Laura emailed yesterday asking for Tricks to keep little ones in the Jogging Stroller. I thought it would be fun to share my answers and tell you a bit about our Stroller.

I had Run very little before baby #2 came along, so when I was Prego with Little Stud #2 and wanted to buy a Double Stroller Muscle Man was hesitant. We found an Expedition Stroller with Rain Cover on Craigslist for $100. Little did we know we would be putting Miles and Miles on this Blue Beauty.. WE have for sure got our cost per use out of the Stroller.
I can't remember our first Family run, but I know Little Stud #2 was still bottle drinking.. They aren't always thrilled with getting in the Stroller so we have to use some tricks..
1. Get a portable DVD player, charge the battery and put in a good Kid movie. Our kids hold the DVD player and watch while we run. I am sure a music type player would work well also
I just like the picture above, it doesn't have much to do with the tricks.. but we do take the stroller everywhere :) Beach included..
2. Go to a local track. We are BLESSED because there is a High School track just 1 mile down the road, so we push the boys to the track, let them run around inside the closed fenced area while I get in extra miles, then put them back in.. Good way for me to get in extra miles and them to run in a SAFE Traffic free zone within eye shot.
3. Snacks and drinks.. if you have special treats that you offer for the ride then they think of it as a reward for going on a run. Cheetos, chocolate dipped granola bars, fishy crackers, Apple juice and chocolate milk seem to work for us. Always have a reserve in the bottom in case they run out..
4. Have a spot for the kids to run (may not apply for the Little ones). When we don't go to the Track we will finish our run on the corner and let the boys out for the last .1, that way they feel like they have a special part of the run.
5. Be flexible. If they want out for a bit to walk let them. I have found if my kids feel confined to the stroller they will rebel.. If they know we are flexible they will just relax and enjoy the ride. Little Stud #1 thinks he can use his Scooter fast enough to keep up, but generally only lasts a few minutes and is ready to sit.
6. Go around nap time and HOPE they fall asleep :)
Our Double Jogger (DJ) days are numbered because our kids are getting HEAVY!! I am very sure we have passed the height/weight requirements. Enjoy it while you can, the Jogging Stroller is a Fun way to get fresh air and teach your child/kids about your passion for Running.

DJ Stats:

Longest Run= 7 miles twice, once with Muscle Man and once solo OUCH!!

Race= 5 Mile Fun run 46:31 Report HERE

Average Distance Per Run= 2-3 miles

Uses of Rain Cover= Countless

Ran into BAD Weather= 3

Sippee Cups Dropped and Quickly Recovered= 15+-

Smiles= Endless

  • Many of you are Stroller Striding Moms. What tips do you have?? Leave a comment...
HAPPY TUESDAY!!

25 comments:

fancy nancy said...

I only have a single jogger so far but I have a few other tips. I totally stock up on books, food, drink, you name it! What has worked best for me is that I break up the run. This way she has something to look forward to and doesn't have to sit for as long. Either we run to the beach which is 3 miles from our house. She can get out and play for a bit then we head home; or we run to the park which is 2.5 miles away. She can get out and play for a bit then we head home. She has been asking lately to go running with me....can't wait for the weather to warm up!!!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Stroller running?

I am an expert! In the winter I use a heating pad between blankets and the weather shield to keep the little one warm for my 6.5 mile loop. I plug it in as soon as we hit the house and I gather gear then it is nice and toasty when we a ready to roll.

Scheduling extra time at the end of the run to allow the little one to run around outside too. I agree with letting them "finish" the run with you. It's let a special treat to run with mom after being good in the stroller.

Chatter. We often chatter the entire time I am running. Upside, increase your cardio workout. I used to teach fitness classes. It is great to be able to be "talkable" at your marathon pace for 6ish miles! Downside, lose of that quiet time that I crave in running. Upside, extra time connecting with the little guy!

Best advice I can give other running mommys: Don't use baby as an excuse for not running. Anything you want is possible if you simply find a way.

Denise said...

ha, i like the pic where they look annoyed to be in the stroller!

Aimee said...

Great tips! I have a double jogger for my boys too and LOVE it! But, like you mentioned, our boys are getting bigger (3 and 5), so the days we can still use it are definitely numbered.

Jen said...

I only have one in the stroller, but going at nap time is my number one tip! It makes for a nice run with little interruptions as she falls asleep. Snacks and water are also great but becareful if you are potty training or I should say be prepared as you may have to make a stop to let them pee along the trail. :)

marathonmaiden said...

you are intense for dj-ing it up :) i love that you do family style runs! hopefully when the day comes that i have a family i can do it too :)

Amy said...

I purchased a Bob Revolution off Craigslist and I can't say enough about that stroller. .you honestly get your moneys worth. I can jog and literally push it with one finger (off to my side even). Yes, they are expensive, but they will last longer than the cost of 3 pairs of running shoes and will save your back. It is a one-time expense that will last. Plus, you get your money back out of it when you sell it. For mom's (or dads) who run with kids it is a MUST. Totally worth it. I've gone through two regular strollers just from normal wear/tear and they combined cost as much as the Bob. Bob is super duper quality.

Mary said...

Thanks sooooo much for the tips! My little one is 5 months and have done tons of walking with the car seat attachment. I am longing for the weather (NJ here) to warm up so that we can take the BOB out on a real run now that she can sit up.
I am about to start training for my first half and I am so excited!

Heather -Momma Running Amok said...

I love my BOB single and double joggers. My 4 year old begs me to go for a run daily. I always tell people that from 1 until 2ish it can be tough when there is a lack of communication and they want to walk, but once you can really talk to the kiddos, most of the time they get it and actually realize they have the easy part and enjoy being out, exploring and relaxing with the breeze in their hair....snack, drinks, toys and all help too!

Roselyn said...

I am SO excited I found your blog. I'm a new(ish) runner training for a half marathon and I'm going to be doing it with my 2.5 year old in the jogger. (While my 5YO is at school). I LOVE reading your posts! Happy running!!

Run with Jess said...

I started with a single jogger, then upgraded to the double stroller. It has worked awesome for our family!! We have two favorite routes... one that starts/ends at a playground along the river trail - lots of geese and walkers for the kiddos to yell at. The second is a gravel trail (tough push!) but the kids love all the wildlife we see - squirrels, birds, chipmunks and even deer! On a nice summer day, I pack the kids lunch and head out straight from preschool pickup. It's done and out of the way... which makes hubby happy that I'm not sprinting out the door as soon as he walks in! :)

Emily said...

adorable post. i love all the pics with your little studs and the stats!

Kate said...

You running moms are amazing! I didn't start running til my youngest was way past stroller size, so none of this applies to me...but boy are you all knocking out any excuses I could have made! I do love that now he occasionally wants to go running with me. He's a budding trail runner for sure!

Great post and pictures, Mel.

Amanda M. Carey said...

Wow! Proud of you guys for doing the jogger. I run on rural roads so the jogger is always drifting the way the road slants for water run-off. Also, I'm so tall and my cheap stroller doesn't have an adjustable handle (upward), so I always have a pain between my shoulders by the time we get home....probably from constantly readjusting to avoid running my baby into the ditch and also because of the lowness of the handle. I get up basically in the middle of the night to avoid having to run with the kids and also to get it in before work. It's rare that I run in the light of the day unless I go during "lunch" or I am racing.

Laurie said...

Wow, lots of great tips! I'm with "fancy nancy", if you have time plan a fun park along your route so that your little ones can get out and run around. I just recently though about using the portable dvd player, I think that's a great idea for longer runs, glad to know you've used it too.

Marlene said...

This post made me smile HUGE! Those boys of yours are precious. Love that running is a family affair!!!

bobbie said...

Nice post with lots of good info! Your little studs are adorable:)
Speaking of emails just curious if you received mine for TM1000 miles?? Never heard anything back from you??

Carly said...

I think it's great that you do this because it gets them involved in your being healthy and they can see their best role model in action.

Liz said...

I have a jogging stroller with speakers and an MP3 player hook up. I put songs on that my son likes and he sings while I run. He loves to pump me up!

Julie D. said...

Love your stroller stats! I'm not a stroller striding mom so I give huge props to those of you that are!!

Croughwell said...

My longest run with a double stroller was 20 miles. I went around nap time and the kids slept most the run. When they woke up I had snacks for them. For a prize for doing so good, I stopped at a park for them to play.

Crystal said...

When my daughter was about 5 months - 7 months I put her to sleep almost every evening by walk/jogging. I didn't use it much once she started walking. I can't imagine pushing 2!

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Rochelle said...

Those are great tips! I'm going to use them this summer! We've only ran a few times with the boys cause our stroller sucks - what stroller do you use? would much rather run with the boys and make it a family affair than run on my own...or on the treadmill when they are all asleep!

S Club Mama said...

go on a scenic route, too. My DH has pushed our boys twice on a 10-mile trail run and in one 5 mile race. I've only pushed them 2.3 miles because I'm a weenie (and our boys together weigh about 75 lbs). But definitely books, toys, drinks, snacks. We've never used the DVD player but I may have to look into that. :D