Happy Friday Folks.
A few months after my daughter was born, I was thrilled to come home from a late shift at work to find my husband had splurged on a beautiful new orange BOB Revolution jogging stroller. It was, and is, the Cadillac of jogging strollers and I was just getting serious about distance running, so I knew this stroller was going to make all the difference in the world when it came to my training runs with the baby. Three years later, we purchased the Double BOB and I’ve been pushing two kiddos around inside it ever since.
Something I can personally attest to is that it takes a great deal of adjustment to begin running with a stroller. Most people probably don’t even realize that your form can change dramatically when pushing a stroller. Aside from the fact you now have to be conscious of running with another human being, there are certain key posture check points that you should always keep a focus with while running with a stroller. I’m going to share with you my Five Tips for Running with jogging strollers.
Don’t Lean On The Stroller – This is very tempting, but terrible for your lower back and won’t make breathing any easier by scrunching up your core. If you find yourself tiring and bending in towards the stroller, remind yourself to straighten up, push your shoulders back, tighten up your core and drive through with your legs to power through those miles.
Alternate Hands & Grip on the Handle – In order to keep your form more true to your natural form, it’s best to utilize at least one arm to “pump” like you normally would and to alternate every hands few minutes. Also, keeping your grip varied with your wrists relaxed will help ease any tension you may have in your upper body.
Bend Your Elbows – Pull your body close to the stroller and keep your elbows close to your sides.
Keep Shoulders Down and Back – Try not to hunch over and focus on not internally rotating your shoulders.
Watch Your Footwork – Just because your trotting behind a stroller doesn’t give you an excuse to neglect your stride. Maintain a good distance behind the stroller, or even to the side if you chose, and try to keep your footwork as close to your normal stride.
Don’t forget to have fun with the little ones. If you need advice for managing a run with the kiddos, you can check out my post here for more tips.
What tips do you have for running with a jogging stroller?
Do you train with your kids?