If you’re like me, you run when you can. I run with a 2008 Mountain Buggy Stroller (which I absolutley love by the way). It’s a work out to just get the kids bundled up and into the stroller. It’s a bonus if they are still happy and willing to go.
It is no easy task running with a stroller, let alone a double. My daughter is 30 lbs, my son is 16 lbs, then the stroller it’s self is approximately 80 lbs. Like I said, no easy task. But I love it.
Here are a couple tips and suggestions I have learnt while running with a double stroller.
- If you can, run without the stroller. It’s not always an option, it’s not always possible to leave the munchkins at home. We do what we can do.
- Sidewalks are NOT your friend, I tend to run down groomed gravel trails or the Galloping Goose. The Goose is a mostly paved trail that runs from Sooke to downtown Victoria and at some point forks off and goes out to Sidney.
- Don’t worry about your pace. Just get out there and run. You are pushing a lot of weight, you don’t want to injure your self.
- Do your shorter runs with the babes. Leave the longer run for when your partner is home.
- I HIGHLY recommend feeding the kids BEFORE you go for your run. Much less whining and complaining.
- Check the buckles. Twice. You don’t want one of the little munchkins sliding out.
- Don’t bring the full diaper bag. Bring a couple diapers, wipes and a snack/bottle.
- I found it very difficult to run with headphones, with the kids. I always feel like I am taking them off anyways because I thought I heard one of the kids yelling or crying.
- Forget the freaking blankets. When I only had one child and we went for run/walk, of course I wanted to keep her warm. Blankets are so evil, SO EVIL. They get tossed out, they fall, get dirty, wet. They are a major pain in the ass. Look into getting something like the Bundle Me by JJ Cole. There are much cheaper versions (ex. Wal Mart brand).
- We usually end our run at the park. Give the kids a chance to run around and burn some energy. Gives you a chance to stretch out.
Get out and do what you can do. A run is a run, a walk is a walk, no matter the distance!