I don't think there's any better time than spring to get a bambino out in a running stroller. It's not so cold you have to worry about the babe freezing under four layers of blankets, and it's not so hot you start to ration the goldfish to limit the extra weight because it's such an effort.
But let's face it: anytime can be rough when the passenger is unhappy. So we culled those very helpful surveys from Train Like a Mother for tips on how to maintain a smooth ride when you're out for a run:
“Start the kids in the joggers when they are super young, so they come to love spending time there.”
—Julie (counts her best running friends as the ones who will push her jogger for a bit)
“My 4 year old son listens to an iPod shuffle, which keeps him quiet the whole time we run. I download whatever is popular, and he’s happy.”
—Katrina (wishes it weren’t so difficult to find a running partner that can maintain her pace)
“I have started using a portable DVD player, and I bring snacks, toys, and promise a treat when we get home.” —Elizabeth (loathes pushing the double stroller for trail runs, but does it anyway)
“I gave my youngest one Dum Dum for every mile we ran. He loved unwrapping them as much as sucking on them.” —Katie (can’t part with her 15 year old jogger with an estimated 10,000 miles on it. “If it weren’t for the jogger, I would have been on anti-depressants. I’m going to use it again when I have grandkids.”)
"Find a route with dogs, tractors, construction, horses, or lots of people. Talk to the kids and engage them in the environment. A promise of swings and playtime at the park afterwards also helps."
—Laura (organized a team of five pregnant woman to be on a relay for the Akron Marathon; she was 8 months preggo when she ran it.)
"Ipod Touch or iPhone with games or movies.”
—Leslie (prefers to run alone)
And one tip on how to keep the mom happy:
“I make running with a jogger easier by telling myself how awesome I am to be out running pushing two kids in the double with a third on her bike.”
—Julia (runs in Five Fingers to focus on her form)
We've got another way to make the miles easier: a Mountain Buggy Terrain, a stroller that lacks nothing in comfort and features for you and your tyke.
For you: an adjustable height handlebar (the importance of this is huge; it's as important for us tall folk as it is for shorter ones); two brakes, including one hand one; 16" tires that can conquer trails, sand or pavement with minimal effort from you; plenty of storage for bottles for both you and the babe, diapers, games, whatever it takes.
For the wee one: a super comfy seat that fits from newborn up to 77 pounds (a special car seat adapter is available); a sun shade that works as well as a beach umbrella; a removable front bar; and a cushy suspension system so a diaper doesn't have to be the only shock absorber going.
We've got one Terrain ready to roll to the house of one lucky winner; to enter, we need you to answer one of these questions on entertainment and running:
1. If you push a babe or toddler, how do you keep it happy when she'd rather be anywhere but strapped in?
2. If you don't push a kiddo, do you do anything special to keep them entertained at home while you run? (Like do you have special games or television time reserved for when you're running?)
3. If neither apply, how do you keep yourself entertained on a long run?
Let us know, and you could have a seriously cool new pair of wheels.
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States. It begins on 5/2/12 and ends on 5/9/12; the winner will be chosen through random.org and announced on 5/12/12. The value of the prizes is $500. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.