Running Gear

  • What You Really Need to Know About Stroller Running

    Toddler with happy expression while sitting in running stroller

    Disclaimer: This post contains an affiliate link for one of my favorite running strollers, the KidRunner. I may get commission if you use my link to purchase KidRunner products. 

    6 Tips to Help You Love Stroller Running

    Confession time. I didn’t buy a running stroller until my second child was 18 months old. Originally, I really wanted to keep running as “me time.” But here’s the problem. In order to get back to running and building mileage, you need to consistently run. With two young kids, my husband nor I are consistently getting “me time.” It just doesn’t feel realistic in this phase of life. So I decided to give running with my kids a shot. Now, it’s one of my favorite ways to bond with my kids and get some exercise.

    Mom and daughter looking happy running together

    1. You Might Be Shocked By How Much Fun You Have

    Share What You Love

    I don’t know about you, but it seems like we do a lot of kid-focused activities. We have fun because our kids have fun. But when I run with my kids, I get to share something I love. That has turned out to be a million times more fun than I ever imagined it could be. 

    So Much Storage

    Stroller running is also surprisingly convenient. Not enough pockets in your running pants? No worries! Your running stroller you has covered. Often find yourself under prepared for your running nutrition needs? Not this time! You would never leave the house with your kids without enough food to survive three days. Heck, you can even pack a full first-aid kit. You’ll never feel like a better prepared runner in your life!

    Running Without Childcare

    Parents 100% deserve and need alone time. However, there are a million reasons that doesn’t always work out as planned. Therefore, its great to have a back up option for those days when your spouse is sick or your babysitter’s car broke down.

    happy toddler in bob running stroller

    2. Your Running Stroller Has a Minimum Age Recommendation

    Different running stroller manufacturer’s have different minimum age recommendations. For instance, Thule recommends at least 6 months old while an article on the Bob Gear site references 8 months old. Many strollers offer infant adapters, so you can use your running stroller for walks until your baby has enough neck strength to join you on a run. And, of course, your child’s care provider is a great resource here, too. 

    Woman pulling child in stroller behind her

    3. Your Running Stroller Has Awesome Features

    There are several great running strollers on the market. I admit that once I got into stroller running, I also got obsessed with all the gear. We now have the KidRunner, the Bob Alterrain Pro, and a jogging stroller converter kit for our Burley Bike Trailer. Running-specific strollers come with great features that offer safety and convenience. This includes locking front-wheels, suspension, handbrakes, and storage.

    Child Running on Football Field

    4. You Should Assess Your Readiness to Run

    Return to Running Postpartum - Self-Assessments and Tools

    Whether you are stroller running or solo running, you should assess your readiness to run. Dr. Carrie Pagliano has a great, free self-assessment screen. You can also check out Expecting and Empowered for guided help to return to running postpartum.

    Return to Running Postpartum - Research

    Like to know all the facts? Check out “Return to running postnatal – guidelines for medical, health, and fitness professions managing this population” (Goom, Donnelly, and Brockwell, 2019). It offers a first-of-its-kind, evidence-based set of guidelines for postpartum runners. They even include a section about stroller running (the call it “buggy-running”). Historically, stroller running articles often recommend a one-handed stroller running method. But in this paper, the authors cite a 2017 study (Alcantara and Wall-Scheffer) to offer a different perspective.  This study suggests two-handed stroller running “resulted in a speed and stride length most similar to non-buggy running.”

    toddler boy going down turquoise slide at palyground

    5. You Need a Strategically Planned Route

    Obviously, safety is top of mind when choosing a running route. But don’t forget to think about convenience, too. Shortcuts home, bathroom access, and water fountains can be lifesavers when a run goes awry. But I cannot stress this next part enough. Ask yourself, “do I want to stop at a playground during our run?”. And if the answer is no, then ideally plan a route that does not go past your child’s favorite playground. Do not, I repeat, do not learn this lesson the hard way.

    Toddler boy eating rainbow ice cream

    6. Snacks, Snacks, and More Snacks

    You know this one. Snacks for you. Snacks for them. So many snacks!

    Ready to go for your first stroller run?

    Now that you know the ins-and-outs of stroller running, it’s time to give it a try! Let us know if you have any tips to share with our community and, most importantly, have fun!

  • Why I Love ThredUp for Workout Gear

    Woman Exercising Online

    Disclaimer: this post contains ThredUp referral links. If you are a new ThredUp customer and use my referral link, you can receive $10 off your purchase and I receive a $10 credit towards my next purchase. Whether you use my link or not, I am excited to share more details about consignment shopping below.

    But what am I going to wear?!

    Are you ready to return to running but feel like you have nothing to wear?! You don’t need anything fancy to get back to running. However, feeling good in your clothes can give you an extra boost of confidence when you need it most. But high price tags can be hard to swallow if you aren’t sure of your size or exact needs. Here is how I use ThredUp to find cute and functional workout clothes at a reasonable price.

    Say "yes" to previously loved workout clothes

    Ok, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Yes, you can buy awesome, previously-loved workout gear. Before you judge, let me tell you why.

    David from Schitts Creek (tv show) saying "Eww"

    High quality workout gear at low price points

    Quality control

    First, ThredUp inspects all clothing before posting it online. They give you basic information like color, size, cut, fabrics, dimensions, and any signs of wear and tear. So you have a decent idea of what you are getting. 

    Play hard, wash hard

    Second, high quality workout gear should be able to handle a washing machine cycle as well as it handles a sweat session. I still wear some of the lululemon clothing I bought when I worked there a decade ago, and I promise I am not a laundry goddess. I throw everything together in a regular wash/dry cycle with regular detergent, and it comes out looking great every time. 

    More bang for your buck

    Third, with a lower price point, you can get more for your budget. As your mileage increases, your size or preferences may change. So its great to have a low-cost and high-quality way to keep refreshing that workout wardrobe.

    Athletic gear brands I love on ThredUp

    Go with what you know

    I have the most success buying athletic gear on ThredUp when I am purchasing brands I already know and love. I know their sizing, fit, and features. ThredUp is not an athletic-focused retailer, so they doesn’t necessarily know all of the details that make a product attractive to a runner. They don’t point out some of our favorite features, like reflectivity or an extra pocket to hold your phone. Therefore, being somewhat familiar with a brand’s products, can make it easier to do a little detective work and find items with the details that matter to you.

    My favorite workout clothes brands

    Zella and lululemon are my most common brand searches when looking for consignment workout gear. I buy a lot of lululemon cool racerback tanks, via ThredUp, because its a product they have had for years, comes in a lot of colors, and is really versatile. I also recently discovered lululemon now has their own secondhand-clothing site. I have not had a chance to use it yet. Check out the lululemon like new website for info on buying or trading in previously loved lululemon clothing and accessories.

    For Zella, a Nordstrom made brand, I am constantly on the lookout for products resembling the Zella Live in High Waist Pocket Bike Shorts and Live In High Waist Pocket 7/8 Leggings because “pockets” and a high waist, need I say more?! You can often find Zella products at great prices on the Nordstrom website, too. Make sure to take advantage of their major sales and discounts when products are headed towards their off-season.

    Ready to start shopping?

    Want to give ThredUp a try? New clients can use this referral link to get $10 off their purchase. Happy shopping!