stroller running

  • 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!