Yesterday I went for an easy 5 mile run. Felt great, was happy to be out there. Started slower and finished faster. A good run.

6-7-15

Today is the first Monday of Colton’s summer break which meant I could either get up at 5 am and hop on the treadmill or sleep in and run with him in the stroller. Chloe and Miles will soon be finished with school as well, so stroller running isn’t going to be an option shortly, so I went with option 2 and slept in.

6 miles with Colton, the first 5 were the 5 from yesterdays run. {it’s interesting to me that the elevation gain and loss are different?! now I’m wondering how accurate that is?!}

6-8-15

Only today they didn’t feel easy, I didn’t feel great and my breathing sounded like I was doing a track workout.

I’m not complaining, I love being with Colton and I love running, so I’ll take a hard, hot, stroller run any day over no run.

 

My point is that stroller running is hard {I think I’ve earned the right to say this after 8+ years of running with a single, double, or triple stroller}. Don’t let that discourage you though. It can be very rewarding and is a fun way to spend time with you child{ren} in my opinion {we play games – like I Spy and chat with each other}.

When I run with the stroller I really could care less about my pace. Yes it’s nice when the pace is good {for me} or somewhat in line with what I want to run that day, but if it’s not, which is more often than not, that’s ok.

There is no magic formula that you can use for pace adjustment.

Everything is exaggerated with a stroller. That hill that would be hard normally? Throw in a stroller and a 40+lb kid and it seems like a mountain. A bit of wind? Suddenly you feel like you are running through a tornado as you push something that you are now very aware is not aero-dynamic.

I truly believe that every run with a stroller should be celebrated internally as an accomplishment. Whether a mile took you 15 minutes or 7 minutes, a mile is a mile. Contrary to what some would argue, I believe that if you look on the positive side, running with a stroller can help you grow or improve as a runner. It’s simply about looking at the glass as half full.

What are your thoughts on running with a stroller?  

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