If you have a child, you know how difficult it is to find time for a run. Therefore more and more parents decide to start running with their child. Here are several useful tips for beginners in running with a jogging stroller.
Most pushchairs are okay for low intensity antenatal fitness classes, but if you want to run more than a few hundred yards, or run off-road, you’ll need a specialized running buggy – for both your child’s comfort as well as your own.
Jogging strollers differ from traditional designs by having large inflatable wheels, lightweight frames, bike style brakes, great balance, and secure harnesses.
Once you begin to move fast, the unevenness in the ground has to be compensated for through special tyres. From nine months onwards, a child’s spine is usually strong enough to train with them in a buggy with good suspension, but if you’re not sure, consult with your doctor.
There are two main types of jogging stroller, the traditional pushchair style but with three large wheels, and the more rare “pod” style with a large weather-proof cocoon. These pods – quite popular in the US – can usually be pushed or pulled, and even adapted for use when cycling. Most major brands now offer “exercise” models and some have multi-functional seats that will fit in a range of wheel chassis to cut costs and save space.
Running with a stroller is a totally different experience to going solo, so it’s important to adjust your form and take your time to get used to the stroller, the conditions and the additional effort involved.
Height of the handle is crucial because it affects your posture, which will consequently affect your running. Ideally the handles should be about the height of your hips and the whole body should be aligned – head, shoulders, pelvis.
Once you determine the right height of the handle and there’s nothing hanging off the stroller, there should be no problem with your stride pattern. But expect to run slower than usually while feeling tension in the upper body. In the beginning, it’s recommendable to stop every few miles to give your neck, shoulders and arms a rest.