These past few months have been a whirlwind. We moved, my husband started a new job, and D has continued to keep us on our toes. It feels like there is always something needing my attention. Being a stay-at-home mom, there isn’t really a lot of “me time”. Even as I write this, D is taking a break from playing and is now nursing. Now that fall is officially here, it’s even easier to find an excuse to not exercise and eat some Halloween candy instead. That being said, I have learned to make it work. No excuses.
I have a jogging stroller and there is a lovely paved trail within 10 minutes walking distance of our home. My jogging stroller desperately needs an upgrade. It was bought second-hand and according to the manufacture date on the label, it is 10 years old. It’s very basic; no cushioning for D and no bells and whistles. It does the job, though, and gets us around. Today I looked outside and thought, “Ugh, I don’t want to go out in the rain.” I shooed that thought out the door and bundled D up and strapped him in the stroller. I put the rain cover on over the stroller and we headed on out. By the time we were halfway through my jog it had stopped raining, and I felt fantastic as we got home and walked through the door. Nothing beats a good stretch after a run.
I was gifted a coupon for a free week of Stroller Strides classes at our local Fit4Mom community. Stroller Strides is a 60-minute total body workout that incorporates the stroller and your surroundings. I love the idea because there is no need to worry about childcare since your child comes with you. I have some friends that do Stroller Strides and they all love it. I am also in love with the idea that the program is consisted of a group of moms demonstrating to their children that fitness is important. I will report back as to how I like it!
For you parents out there that love hitting the pavement with your little one in a stroller, mark November 8 on your calendar. November 8 is National Stroller Running Day. You can find a stroller-friendly race near you by visiting Run Stroller Run. If you’re not feeling an organized race, just go on a jog with your little one or see if a friend wants to tag along. BOB (those drool worthy strollers), Fit4Mom, Linkouture, and New Balance are sponsors and partners for the event. There is also a giveaway you can check out over at Mom’s Little Running Buddy (I am hoping the odds are in my favor and I win a gorgeous BOB Revolution Pro).
If you need a little push, check out the RunDouble app. I have it on my Android and love it. It uses GPS to track your distance and saves your stats so you can see how you are improving. I can also listen to Spotify while it’s running and it will continue to give me announcements on my intervals. It has different programs, including a Couch-to-5K, 10-K Starter Plans, 5K Improver, 10K Event Training, and Half Marathon Event Training. The first couple weeks of the Couch-to-5K program is free and then you have to purchase the app. For $1.59 you can get the full Couch-to-5K program, or for $3.20 you can get ALL of the above programs.
So get your laces tied, pop open that jogging stroller, and go hit the pavement. What are you waiting for?