Baby Joggers – 3 Simple Rules for Running with Your Little Training Partner
Finding time to run between family, work, food, and sleep can be difficult for anyone and it is very challenging for families with young children. Tons of families have figured this out and use running as an opportunity to connect, have fun, and be exercise super hero’s for their children.
Running stroller technology has come a long way. Companies such as B.O.B. have made it so easy for parents to bring their little ones along for a run. These high-tech running strollers are comfortable, light weight, and easy to navigate.
The next time you lace up your running shoes and buckle in your little training partner please keep these three simple rules in mind.
- Rule Number 1: Safety! Always, always, always put your child’s safety first. Running on a two lane country road without a shoulder, probably not a good idea with the baby jogger. Twenty mile long run in 90 degree heat probably a bad idea for you and a very, very bad idea for a toddler.
- Rule Number 2: Safety! This is common sense but always put your child’s safety first! Running is a habit, a day without running for some is like torture. If you find yourself between squeezing in a potentially unsafe run with your child or not running at all, you will never regret making your decision based on what is best for you and your young child.
- Rule Number 3: Have Fun. You are not going to win the Olympic Marathon Baby Jogging Championship so slow down and enjoy your run with your little one! (Unless they add this event in the upcoming games, and if they do we will edit this blog entry.) Seeing your little girl/guy light up when you ask them if they want to go for a run is extremely rewarding and motivating. Don’t set any training expectations when you run with the little one(s) in the baby jogger. Run for time opposed to distance and enjoy every minute! Below is a photo I took during a recent run with my son Ryder (2 years old) who wanted to stop mid-run to see the “dogs”.