5 Tips for Stroller-Running

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As the world record holder for fastest female marathon stroller push, you may have correctly guessed that I run with a stroller a lot.

These stroller runs are often my favourite. After all, I have the greatest of company and we have the most fun adventures. Sure, we chat in the car, but our conversation and game playing really hits the next level during stroller time. That being said, more than a few rides have been challenging. Here are my top five tips:

Baby Comes First

If baby ain’t happy, ain’t nobody running. I always have snacks in a cup (on leash), a water bottle with a soft spout (for hard bumps), toys and a white noise maker. For my older girl, I have an iPod loaded with educational games.

Most importantly though, I always have a carrier stowed away in case I need to walk home with babe in arms.

Mother Nature’s Moody

We live in Vancouver where the weather changes by the second. I always have sunscreen, an extra blanket and a rain cover in tow no matter if it’s January or July.

Take Baby Steps

If you are just getting back into running, start gradually. If you do too much, too soon, you are setting yourself up for injury or burn-out. Little steps make a big impact.

Start and end with a gentle walk and think about jogging slower than you walk, and walking faster than you jog.

It’s best to do a little every day and go 1% farther each time you go out. Slow progress is lasting progress.

Also, remember that something is always better than nothing – for you and your baby. Even if that means running down the block and walking a fussy baby home. At the very least, both of you got some air and a change of scenery.

Dress Up

Running with your baby is a lot less expensive than taking classes or hiring a sitter, so give yourself permission to buy good equipment… like proper shoes and a good stroller. It will go a long way to everyone’s enjoyment and stave off injury.

It also helps to be dressed the part. You want to look and feel your best.

And don’t forget the visibility gear if you ever find yourself out in the dark.

Have Fun

The absolute most important thing is that you have fun! It’s great for both you and your baby to get outside for some fresh air and movement. You will probably end up with a happier baby and you will almost certainly end up being a happier mom!

Soon you’ll see the benefits your regular running routine provides your whole family, and you’ll be hooked!

Do you go for runs/jogs with your baby? 

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Allison Tai is mother to two young girls, Amelita and Seren. She is also an elite obstacle course racer and fitness coach. You can find her blog at www.yomamasofit.com where she muses about her life as an athlete, and her life as a mom.

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22 responses to “5 Tips for Stroller-Running”

  1. Laurie P — January 29, 2015 @ 12:06 pm (#)

    Great tips! “Give yourself permission to buy good equipment” …..ABSOLUTELY!!!!!

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  2. ellen beck — January 29, 2015 @ 2:36 pm (#)

    So much of it is the stroller stlye- and thats a beaity she is using. I have known quite a few ladies who run with strollers and boy it looks like a lot of work!
    I like the tip the best that if the bbaby isnt happy doing it, that it isnt a thing to do. Some babies hate wind in their faces or going fater than a walk. Thaats good advice!

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  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen — January 29, 2015 @ 3:01 pm (#)

    it certainly sounds like mum and baby both enjoy the jogging 🙂 I prefer walking myself but then I don’t have a baby to push in a stroller anyway – mine are all adults now.

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  4. Jenn Erin — January 30, 2015 @ 1:43 am (#)

    “If baby ain’t happy, ain’t nobody running” – Absolutely loved this line – so true! I also currently live in Vancouver, so I will definitely will be packing sunscreen, an extra blanket and a rain cover too! Thanks for the tips!!

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  5. nicolthepickle — January 30, 2015 @ 4:40 am (#)

    I prefer walking to running, but I do happen to own a double jogging stroller. (Hey it was on sale). Maybe this summer I should try to run a little. Baby steps right.

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  6. Christine — January 30, 2015 @ 6:14 am (#)

    Back when my girls were babies, I did want to get more active.. and jogging was one of the things I wanted to do. However, my stroller was not made for that. It just didn’t move well. Looking back, I wish I would have invested in a better stroller… I’m sure the girls would have loved to ”jog” with me. BTW, all very good tips!

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  7. Anna W — January 30, 2015 @ 7:26 am (#)

    I ran with my children when they were smaller in a two seater baby jogger. It was great and all enclosed so even if it was cold out they were always comfortable.

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  8. DARLENE W — January 30, 2015 @ 10:33 am (#)

    My daughter ran with the kids in a stroller

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  9. Jenna Em — January 30, 2015 @ 2:04 pm (#)

    Is that true – about the world record? No, unfortunately I never ran with my stroller. At that time in my life I did not run, and had either a double or triple stroller to push. Would totally do it now.

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    • Allison Tai — January 30th, 2015 @ 2:14 pm

      It is. And technically the 10k. Too bad it’s only recently become popular… and doable with stroller technology 😉

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  10. Olivia — January 30, 2015 @ 5:52 pm (#)

    I’ve never been much of a runner. I see those moms out there, and I have nothing but admiration for you! 🙂

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    • Allison Tai — January 31st, 2015 @ 1:06 pm

      It’s all about following what you love… for some running is not it!

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  11. Mishelle — February 2, 2015 @ 4:24 am (#)

    I never would have tried this as a mom of a young child – I’m a bit of a klutz and running makes it worse but as for taking children for a walk, everything she’s listed is great to take with you… for down here in the maritimes I’d also add a wind guard for the stroller because we have a lot of wind sometimes that comes out of nowhere’s!

    M

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  12. Melinda — February 4, 2015 @ 10:34 am (#)

    Good tips. Looks like you have fun running with your little one

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  13. Elva Roberts — February 4, 2015 @ 2:54 pm (#)

    If you plan on running with your baby, toddler in a stroller, then reading this post is an absolute must–sensible and reasonable tips to make the occasion a happy one for both you and your passenger.

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  14. Victoria Ess — February 7, 2015 @ 9:38 pm (#)

    I never have but I would like to! Definitely would benefit from reading these tips!

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  15. Elva Roberts — February 28, 2015 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    No: i did not even have a stroller when we started our family some 59 years ago.
    I did take my babies outside and my husband fenced in our front yard so the little ones could play there where I could keep my eye on them. I did exercise when I could and was and am still interested and involved in exercising. I think you are a wonderful Mom and I know you are enjoy your jogging and your babies.

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  16. kathy downey — March 9, 2015 @ 7:47 am (#)

    I never have,but looks fun

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  17. kathy downey — March 10, 2015 @ 10:02 am (#)

    Good outing for mom and baby

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  18. loucheryl — April 5, 2015 @ 5:25 pm (#)

    Awesome tips! I run with both of my boys. They LOVE for me to “go fast”! Give’s me motivation. 🙂

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  19. kathy downey — August 13, 2015 @ 3:04 pm (#)

    My friend just started Stroller-Running a few weeks ago and siad these will are so helpful,thaks

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  20. Elaine Buonsante — October 10, 2015 @ 11:00 pm (#)

    When I compare my first stroller to your running jogger, they are world’s apart!! Your generation is so lucky and so smart!

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