Are you a stroller runner but shy away from running with groups? Do you love to run with friends but are nervous to do it with your stroller?
Last Wednesday evening, my husband and I took our three little ones (ages 5, 4 and 2) on their first group run with our favorite local running specialty store, Future Track. It was an absolute blast, they loved it and have been asking all week to do it again. I don’t know why it took us so long to do our first family group run.
If you have never taken your kids on a group run before, I encourage you to do it. Challenge yourself, have some fun and let your kids be a part of it. Here are a few tips, many of which apply not only for group running with kids, but running with kids in general.
If you are a runner who also happens to be a parent, I encourage you to get out there and run with a group every now and then with your kids. It may take a little extra effort to get out the door. Okay, I’ll be real, it took a lot of extra effort to re-arrange car seats, load two strollers (we brought a single + double), prep dinner and PJ’s for the ride home, but it will guarantee a great workout and a fun family activity for all!
Do you participate in group runs with a stroller? I’d love to hear about your experiences, tips and stories (good or bad!).
Caitlin Jacobsen is a Run Stroller Run contributor, mother of three (ages 5, 3.5 and 1.5), competitive runner for over 15 years and currently fits in about 40 miles/week running with her triple stroller. Running is Caitlin’s meditation, her biggest passion, her release, her endorphin boost, her survival tactic and her happiness.