Exercise is a part of my life I’m really not willing to compromise on when it comes to having a family. There are so many things I no longer get to do – sleep in on weekends, go to movies on a whim, and the list goes on. Running is my time to make myself feel normal and get some stress out, even if it only for 30-45 minutes at a time. Sometimes, running solo just isn’t feasible, so I am so so thankful I have a Bob Duallie running stroller. It was gifted to me last Christmas by my family, as everyone knew it would be the perfect gift for our growing family. I’ve been running with the single stroller for 2.5 years now, and feel like I really have it down pat. The double seems to be a whole new game, and since Davis is bigger now, I am getting comfortable running with him too! Here are a few tips on surviving (and enjoying) a run with 2 kids in the stroller.
Concentrate on Your Form
My first couple of long runs with a stroller, my low back absolutely killed me! I was obviously using the wrong muscles to push, and mile after mile was just making me ache more and more. Stay as upright as possible, and try not to you use your low back too much. A very slight tip at the hip hurts a lot once you finish up. You will use your core pushing a double (or single!) stroller more than you ever realized so concentrate on a night tall back and tight abdomen.
Don’t Pack Too Much
I think this goes for any stroller run – the more you pack the heavier the stroller weighs, and the tougher it is to push. Plan and simple.
Pick Fun Places to Stop
Especially when it comes to long runs, scheduling your run around places for the kids to stop and play is pretty necessary. I love it when Grant comes and asks me to go for a run. He’s actually been coming in our room in the morning, bright and early, asking to go running. I’m not a huge fan of the bright and early, but the running part is pretty cute! He really looks forward to going because we tend to stop and look at animals in the water, do pull ups at a little outside workout space, and search for trucks, busses, and fire engines. If he’s really lucky, like he was yesterday, we will even stop at the park for a little fun. I know Davis could care the least now, but getting him out of his car seat is a big perk in his eyes. It tends to give him the break he needs from being in the stroller to make it the last couple of miles home.
Switch Arms Often
You will create a pretty solid imbalance if you use just one arm (the same arm) to push your double stroller. When I get tired, I tend to use both arms to give me the extra push I really need, but for the most part, I tend to switch arms every handful of minutes or so. I am able to strengthen both sides of my body, and I don’t get that fatigue either.
Build Up Your Distance
As with just about anything to do with running, start small and slowly increase – this refers to distance and speed! It takes quite some time to get used to running with a stroller. Heck, its tough to get used to running with a water bottle! Cut yourself some slack and just keep at it. Before long, you will see your splits getting lower and your mileage getting higher.
Realize How Wide The Stroller Really Is
Remember, you are sharing the sidewalk with everyone, and a side by side double stroller is not exactly the most easily navigable item. Hug your right side as much as possible when passing so you give everyone ample space. I find most people are pretty pleasant and give you the space you need since you are pushing two little humans, but you always find those people you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
Being a parent is all about adapting to the new norm. I’m pretty happy there are amazing strollers out there so I can keep doing what I love and bring my kids along for the ride!
***This is not a sponsored post, nor did I receive any sort of payment. I really just love this stroller!***