first run with the BOB running stroller

running with the BOB stroller

I think I told just about everyone I talked to last week of my first run with the running stroller. I even managed to bring it up in a conversation about real estate and the falling housing market. Excited, much? Yes, I’m definitely thrilled to finally be able to run with the little one in the stroller.

The one ‘baby thing’ I always knew I wanted to splurge on was a good running stroller. My parents were generous enough to foot the bill for the BOB Revolution and every time I use it I’m thankful that they got it for us; it handles so well and provides such a smooth ride regardless of the terrain.

Until last week, however, I only used it with the car seat adapter and the car seat as C. was still so little and in need of that extra head support and cushioning. Most of what I’ve read about running with a stroller recommends that the baby have good head control or be around six months old. She’s now 5.5 months old and has excellent head control so I finally felt comfortable enough to give the running stroller a try.

running with the BOB stroller

I’m happy to report that our first run together was a success. Before long, I was groovying to my favorite running mix and C. was sound asleep in the BOB. I stuck to all paved trails to not jostle her too much although that didn’t seem to be too much of an issue; the large wheels of the stroller and the shocks made for a very smooth ride. And the far-reaching awning (pictured here while retracted) was also wonderful for keeping her face protected from the wind and sun.

running with the BOB stroller running with the BOB stroller

But alright, if I’m being truthful, the actual run was hard. And probably only in part due to the awkwardness that is running with a stroller. Mostly, my lack of running is to blame. The last run I went on was about two and a half months ago. And before that, I was running while pregnant. I can’t say that cycling has been any more prevelant in my life lately either. As I noted this past weekend, I got in a short little ride to the campus library and it was unusual enough of an occurance that I photoblogged it down to the last detail. I cycled a route that used to make up barely a fraction of my daily mileage and by the time I got home, my legs were burning. Needless to say, I’ve been in better shape.

running trail

winter running route

But does it really matter? Does is matter that I can’t strap on my running shoes and go running almost every day, as I’d like to? Does it matter that my bike collects dust on more days than not? No, it doesn’t. All that matters is that between days filled with chores, parenting, paying bills, doing laundry, and writing, writing, writing, there are those moments of peace when everything else fades away and all I need focus on is the rhythm of my breath and my feet pounding the ground. I doesn’t matter how rare or how scarce those moments become, it just matters that they’re there.

I love running and always will. Like a good friend, it’s patient and gives me space. And now that I can introduce it to my daughter, I love it even more. These tired legs still have a lot more miles ahead of them and with C. along for the ride, I’m inspired to keep going to show her what this thing is all about.

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15 Responses to first run with the BOB running stroller

  1. julia says:

    Couldn’t have said it better! Amen to that :-)

  2. M. says:

    That was lovely, S.

  3. Your excitement over running with little C. for the first time sounds like my excitement over our first bike ride with our little guy in the trailer. I definitely wanted to share it with the world. And yes, these times may not be as frequent as we wish, but you are so right that what matters is that, little by little, we are getting out there and sharing the joys of our active lifestyles with our babies!

  4. Julie says:

    You may not be in great “shape” but your figure looks fantastic. Congrats on all of this.

  5. Miss Sarah says:

    I am with Julie, momma – you looking fine!

    Usually having a nanny means more time to run away and bike for lunch or groceries, or attend my weekly Pilates class. But that is currently out so I am trying to turn laundry and housework into a cardiovascular activity.

    Too bad my laundry folding muscles are so well-trained, they’re not really learning anything new:)


  6. Emily says:

    Good for you, S! And your description of this first run with C. is so beautifully written.

  7. Bobbie says:

    Way to go! I can’t wait till Kiddo is big enough to go out in our jogger. We’ll have to take the babies out for a run then. C looks so cute in her bear suit!

  8. Heather says:

    Bravo! And I think you snagged the last warmish day for your first tandem run. Hopefully it won’t be another 2 months between runs!

  9. Marleah says:

    Your blog is one of the most motivational ones I read. My husband and I are 11 weeks pregnant, and it is so inspiring to see how you stayed active throughout pregnancy (although I’m not too steady on the bike, even not pregnant, so I’m avoiding that for now) and how you’re getting out there and taking baby along with you.

    Thanks for all you share with us!

    • simplybike says:

      Hi Marleah,

      congratulations on the pregnancy! I wish you a healthy and happy pregnancy, staying as active and fit as it feels right for you. And thanks for your kind words about my site, it makes me happy to hear that it can motivate someone else to stay active. It’s great that C. is now big enough to ‘run’ with me, it makes this hobby of mine all the more fun now.


  10. C says:

    It definitely is an adjustment running with a stroller. I won’t be getting a BOB until we have two kiddos. Running with a double will be quite challenging. Anyway, this is one of my favorite posts! The last two paragraphs I’ll take to heart.

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