Running with a stroller mum here. My little girl (just turned 3) has an illness that means I can't leave her with anyone else (apart from Dad - who works away and is home 4/16 days). So swimming is out, but running and cycling are in. I combine the two - invested in a great jogging pram and also a fantastic bike trailer that I can use as a jogger as well.
At first it was definitely a walk/run thing, but now I am running the 3km (approx) to my eldest daughter's school with her (she rides her bike) in the mornings in 18 minutes each way. The first time I did it it took me 53 minutes total. I'll share an ego-popping moment with my 8 year old with you. I was running along with her on the way to school (youngest in pram, as usual). Me: (feeling fit and super proud of my improvement) panting slightly. Daughter: So, mum, for the fun run this weekend, are you going to run it or just jog it like you are now? Me: Words failed, continued running, felt my balloon deflate a little, but silently gave a bit of a wry smile.
I struggled at first to get my rhythm, but now find that it is easier to focus with the pram than without it. I have read articles where professional running mums tell you to lock your front jogging wheel, but that frustrates me beyond words. Like to leave it on swivel, because then I can turn and manoeuvre better. What do they know, anyway?
Having said that, I did two 1km runs a month apart (as part of a fitness test). The first time I ran the kilometre in 6mins 15secs, and the second (two weeks ago) I ran it in 5mins 12secs. Stoked, and completely shocked. Didn't think I had done it in even close to that. Running regularly with the stroller has really improved my cardio fitness, and I can float along comfortably for an hour now. Kind of stunned that this is really a part of my life. Never ever thought I would be a runner, but the benefits have been incredible - my kids love being out and about, and it is real "me" time in the midst of a lot of ups and downs medically.
Shin splints haven't happened. I got my shoes professionally fitted, and they are fantastic. Definitely pays to invest in a decent pair of shoes - mine have done more than 600km since July. I struggled to run at first, but definitely find that is a part of my day that I miss if I can't do it.
Good luck!!! And congratulations on what lies before you - it is an addictive form of exercise. If you don't already, consider cycling, too. Great form of exercise, and the kids love that, too. Go a little further, and see a little more.
PS - 1km is .62miles. 3km is 1.86 miles. 6km is 3.728 miles. Just so you have a point of comparison if you are not in Australia. Wow, miles make it sound like I don't run far at all!! LOL
Oh, and while there is a lot more involved in running with a pram, the benefits are great, too. I love what it has done for my arms and core strength, I truly enjoy the feeling of seeing other mums running with their prams (we're like a silent sisterhood in my neighbourhood - nod and smile widely on the way past each other), and occasionally I get the thrill of passing someone else who is running without a pram. (There goes that ego again!!). And, to be honest, I don't feel the weight of the pram at all - the wheels move really freely, and the weight is all absorbed there. Of course there is a little resistance, but not as much as if you were pushing the kids without the pram!!
Edited by MarlinWil On October 3, 2012 5:06 am