Today I took both boys to a local trail with me to push them for a longish run.

Even weeds can be beautiful....

Some thoughts.

  • People never cease to amaze me. While getting the boys ready to go - a man dinged his bike bell at me. I jumped a little since I wasn’t in the way and wasn’t expecting it. When I looked at said man. He was wearing a white tank top, dress shorts, high white tube socks, and black dress shoes. He was riding a standing scooter. It had to have been motorized because he wasn’t pushing it – just flying along dinging his bell.
  • Out and backs are awesome but not when your kid starts to scream and won’t stop. 5 miles out – means you have 5 miles back till you get to the car.
  • Always bring extra clothes with you when you have kids. Colton dumped his entire bottle of water on himself somewhere around mile 8 – he was drenched to the point that I had to strip him down. Note to self: You will get embarrassing looks while in Target post run – attempting to find clothes for your son. No amount of you saying – Mommy needs to find you some clothes – let’s go buy you a shirt – will make other women stop looking at you. Just roll with it and embrace the fact that your son is wearing only a diaper.
  • Running is good for the soul. I felt weak the entire time. Felt out of shape. Was dripping in sweat. Wondered why I thought this was a good idea. Getting into my car and driving away I was reminded that I ALWAYS feel better after a run. I am STRONGER than running. It WON’T beat me.
  • Kind words from strangers are especially nice when pushing a stroller. Thank you thank you thank you to the three people who took the time to say something nice to me on this run. I was going up hill when a man on a bike went past and said – wow – nice pace with that thing. It was just what I need to push up the hill. The second person was another man on a bike who said – wow – I’ve got to hand it to you – it takes some serious strength to run pushing something like that. The third was a woman on a bike - who yelled out to me – go mommy go – go mommy go. Anyone who has pushed a stroller while running knows how hard it is. It takes running to a new level that I can’t even describe. It literally is one of the hardest things I have ever done and continue to do. When you take the time to lift others up you have no idea how much they probably appreciate it. Note to self: pass out more compliments to people you see running. It makes your day – make theirs.

 

  • Mile 1: 8:41
  • Mile 2: 8:37
  • Mile 3: 8:42
  • Mile 4: 8:16
  • Mile 5: 8:48
  • Mile 6: 8:19
  • Mile 7: 8:14
  • Mile 8: 7:58
  • Mile 9: 8:31
  • Mile 10: 8:22

10 miles – 1:24:38 – 8:27 avg

 

Do you feel better after a run? Do you push a running stroller? How do you feel it compares to running with out one?

Comments

  1. I can’t even imagine pushing a double or a triple stroller. Heck, I can’t even imagine pushing a single stroller while running! That’s amazing and you are SUPER STRONG because of it.
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  2. Wow, how old are your boys? The longest run I’ve taken E on is 5 miles. That’s pretty awesome.
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  3. I just have dreams of being as awesome as you and pushing a stroller with at least one of my kids in it! I don’t even have the speed that you do while pushing that thing! You are amazing! And totally agree with needing to remember to pass out the positive when running! Can make the world of difference for someone!

  4. I ALWAYS feel better after a run. I also feel like superwoman after pushing the double. The farthest I have ran while pushing 80lbs of kids and stroller is 2.25 miles. I was damn proud of myself too. When I run alone, I feel super fast.
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  5. I had a running stroller once upon a time. I credit it with causing my initial injury that led to 8 years of inactivity :( I think they are great for some people…like you! But mine didn’t work for me. It is so cool that you can run so long and so fast pushing your various strollers!
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  6. The trail is a great place for weird sightings like scooter man….glad to hear you got some cheers, too. I always cheer on stroller runners because I remember only too well how hard it was to run with one. Going up Edgewater from Planting Field was very hard, but I always did it! Also hard to run with the distractions of kids’ questions, having to hand them stuff, unwrap snacks, etc. I remember one run Daniel insisted we sing ABCs and play the animal sounds game the whole way – brutal!

  7. kathryn says:

    You are a goddess! Wow, those splits are amazing! Pushing 2! I get in such a bad mood when I have to push one!

  8. Wow! I am impressed. I am running a half this weekend in RI and I hope this story will give me an extra boost of inspiration to push it harder when I am feeling weak or defeated. You are great, keep it up!

  9. ALWAYS feel better after running. Nothing like that feeling, not even a good hard workout compares to the way I feel after a run. I have 3 young boys and most of my runs are with a double jogger, its better than no run at all. It is HARD! Great job Dorothy. Enjoy your weekend!
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  10. Yes, it is hard! Most of my runs are with a double, and sometimes my 5yo hops on the front on the ways to and from school. It’s tough, but you’re right – it makes me feel like super-mom!

    I’m totally going to take your advice and start encouraging others on the road. It does make my day, so I really want to pay it forward.

    P.S. I love seeing your face on so many websites I go to. :) I feel like an insider since I read your blog. Haha! Good for you, girlie!
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  11. I’ve finally gotten into a new routine of running at lunch and I cannot express enough what a different mindset I get into post-lunch-run. It’s really amazing.
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  12. No kids yet so haven’t had the pleasure of pushing one of those lovely things around, but I’m sure when I do I’ll suddenly have quads of steel.
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  13. That is an awesome pace with a double stroller. Amazing job. I loved your story about Target. I have been there, hehehe. :) Nice job mama!!!
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  14. You always inspire me with pushing your kids (and in everything else). I was out running one day and a big group of cyclists passed me and one guy cheered me on and said a few nice words. Made my day!!

    I’m with Annie – I love seeing your face all over the blog world. You are amazing!!
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  15. I love getting compliments when I’m running so I try really hard to give them when I’m out running. Always wave, etc. Especially to those Mom’s pushing a jogging stroller. Been there done that! Congrats on your run today!!! Go Mommy Go!
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  16. You motivated me on Twitter with this story but the darn rain here wouldn’t let up and I don’t have a rain cover. (I know dumb move living in Oregon, but I don’t usually take her)
    Keep running and sharing cause you keep me going. I have some big goals for myself this year.
    I love this quote you said: When you take the time to lift others up you have no idea how much they probably appreciate it. Totally true.

  17. I ran for several years pushing my babies in a double stroller. Nothing I loved more. I did it so much it was almost harder to run without it, my pace felt off somehow. Now all my babies are too old for a stroller, but every time I see a mama running and pushing I cheer her on.
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  18. i wish i could run that fast without a stroller!
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  19. I pushed a stroller for years. My youngest is 9 1/2 and I still have the double stroller in the garage. It’s dumb but I can’t get rid of it even though it’s close to 12 years old. My first one – a single stroller – finally died a few years ago and I sat and cried. It lasted from when I bought it for my now 20 year old daughter until I was pushing my foster daughter a couple years ago when she was two. 16 years. Now it’s a memory of one of the most difficult as well as most rewarding things I did. For myself and (now with hindsight) for my kids. I wouldn’t be able to count the mishaps with clothing and the subsequent runs to the store with child in diaper. Who cares what other people think. I was out with them, having fun. I ALWAYS feel better after a run. There are good runs and great runs. Period. Running without a stroller is easier, more free and more time to myself but I do miss those stroller runs. Not having them means the kids just keep getting older.

  20. That’s like cardio weight lifting!
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  21. Dorothy you ROCK!! I push a single stroller with a 14 month old and it’s tough but I can’t imagine 2 kids in a double!! Running makes me feel better too, in fact that’s why I ran today, too “feel” mentally better. The guy with the motorized scooter and bell cracked me up, too funny! I know what you mean about having an extra set of clothes with a little one, I try to keep 2-3 outfits in her diaper bag “just in case”.
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  22. Hi! I don’t know how, but I came across your blog, and I’m so glad that I found it! You are quite an inspiration and super fast. I am also a stay at home mom to 3 little ones, ages 2-5 and its busy busy. That is so great that you are able to get so many miles in with them in the jogger – I did that before I had my son, and I guess I didn’t know they made triple joggers, crazy! Looking forward to reading more:)
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  23. Comments people make to those while running stick with you! I always am amazed by those running with strollers, yet to see a double stroller out on my runs. But I always talk to all runners with a hi or whatnot, and if someone is struggling or looks to be pushing it (and pun slightly intended for strollers)- I give an extra little love. It goes a long way!

    I remember when I just started running and I would run past this bus stop of middle school kids. One day, one of the boys yelled in front of all of them “Run, Fat @ss, Run”. I will never forget it and I still get nervous to run in front of bus stops even though I have lost some of the weight. Or when I was running in the 5k with the group I coached and one of my ladies had to walk. So I walked with her. Well my shirt said ‘coach’ on the back. Some lady yelled, “Come on Coach…. you should be running”. The lady with me felt so defeated and almost snapped at her “she is walking with me, because right now I need to walk”. I just smiled and ignored the lady.

    Lift others up… always.

    {sorry for the long response back…. :) )

  24. WOW- I have done everything in my power to get out of running with my double stroller. It is SUCH HARD WORK! When the kids were younger, I would take them on this hilly 3 mile loop and within the first .25 they were demanding snacks and jackets off and to go potty and that they are thirsty and I would say breathlessly, “Can’t…. stop…. mommy…. working…. you’ll… be….. okay…” but that didn’t work so I just started giving them lollipops and bags of candy to get in those 3 measly miles.

    That being said, I now run ALONE!

    Amazing pace for a double stroller run- you GO!!!!
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  25. I love the reminder to “spread the love.” when I was racing my first half-ironman, not only did strangers encouragement help, but when I was really hurting, I realized that thanking the volunteers and cheering on those struggling beside me was the best was to get through those really tough and hot miles. Great job on the run!
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  26. I don’t have kids but I have pushed one of my girlfriends kids in her BOB and thought I was going to die. I had no idea how hard it was. I can’t imagine keeping that pace with 2 kids and going uphill! you are supermom. I do think it actually helps become a stronger runner-its a TON more work. hopefully one day i will have that opportunity. kudos to you!

  27. Yes, it is amazing what a run does to you. It could be a good run or a bad one but it is always a victory. this morning I got up at 5:30 and ran 5.28 miles on the treadmill before my daughter woke up. Then I strapped on in the jogger and we ran 3.8 miles together. After she went down for her morning nap, I ran another 4 miles on the treadmill. While it wasn’t the most efficient marathon long run as there were breaks-I figured it takes a mentally strong woman to keep running when I could have just showered after the first 5 miles. You are a great inspiration of being mentally strong. I have talked enough about you and your blog to my hubby that when I get discouraged, he says “mile posts does it and you can do it too”:)

  28. So nice that those around you offered words of encouragment. Great reminder to do it more often myself.

    Pushing my jogger (single only) on my usual routes is tough especially if I get out of the habit, like over the winter when I am inside more often. There are no flat routes where I run so hills are a daily thing. When I run my 6.5 loop with the stroller I might be slower but I usually feel like I just ran my 9.5 loop solo in terms of effort. There is a bigger sense of accomplishment but sometimes there is less satisfaction if my little one has not enjoyed it and I spent the run “fussing” with him. Then the run is not the mental nature break that I crave it to be. Either way, fussy kiddo or fantastic kiddo a run outdoors always trumps not doing it!
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  29. You are amazing! Ten miles with two (big) kids? Unreal.

    It’s been weeks since I’ve been on a run w/ the stroller. W hates the carseat now and I don’t want to put him directly in the stroller for a few more weeks. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I MISS running pushing that heavy thing!
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    • Thanks Jen!! In the winter when I have to run on the treadmill I miss stroller running – now that the kids are 100+ lbs combined I’m finding it HARDER to find motivation than last summer when the weighed less :(

  30. I love reading your posts about running w. a stroller. I did a HARD run w/ mine the other day–a running path I hadn’t been on in a long time that had some big hills. I love how powerful running with it makes me feel though. Loved the encouragement I got, didn’t appreciate the lady who looked at me, both times I passed her, like I was crazy!
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  31. I know that I’m late to the party on this post – but I’d love to start a dialogue with you about running with jogging strollers. I’ve spent quite a bit of time contemplating the different facets of running with one.
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