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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    Personal Bests

    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.

Stroller Running.

I haven’t written much about running recently.  I also haven’t done much running recently.  Hence the nothing to report.

Even though in general I think I have the hang of this whole parenting thing, each week Casey and I inevitably end up sitting down trying to figure out what we can do better, and how we can become more efficient and aware of our time and each other’s needs.  With just the two of us out here in Seattle, we have to work hard to coordinate our schedules to ensure that we’re both finding enough time for work, workouts, personal time, and time together.

I would be lying if I told you it was easy.  And I won’t pretend that I am not jealous of other moms with nearby support and family that is easily accessible.  So many other moms with babies around Cullen’s age (and younger!) are back to racing on weekends.  I’m still trying to figure out how to even train for a race, and I’m already worrying about who will watch Cullen for a race we are both running at the end of June!

When we both decided to train for spring races (me running a half marathon, Casey running a full), we talked about how we could fit it all in despite our lack of childcare.  (Let me jump in to say that I am working on getting some occasional childcare hopefully soon, but this is how we’re managing in the meantime.) 

Our plan for mid-week runs was that Casey would workout during his workday (at his office gym), and I would do my runs with the jogging stroller during the day.  (We have a treadmill at home, but I can’t run on it while I’m home with Cullen – his naps are 30 minutes tops.) 

On weekends, we would trade off with him running Saturday, and me running Sunday.  And so for the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to get out for as many runs as possible while pushing this beast of a stroller.

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A number of people have asked me to write a review of our BOB stroller.  In short, I love it.  I would highly recommend it.  We knew that we only wanted one all-purpose stroller, and so far this one has met all of our needs.  My only complaint is really geared toward running with a stroller in general – not really a fault of this particular brand.

Running with a running stroller is really hard.  You know those moms who cruise down the road with the double jogger, barely even breaking a sweat?  I am convinced they are actually superheros in disguise.

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I knew that I was majorly out of shape, having taken close to a year off of running (during my pregnancy).  But pushing a jogging stroller while running makes me feel like I have weights tied to my ankles.  Even so, I have pushed forward and waddled my way around the lake at a snail’s pace several times a week. 

The jogging stroller is a full body workout – burning core, jello-like legs, and weakened arms from pushing forward the 50+ pounds of baby necessities.  Not to mention, running with a stroller forces you to develop an entirely new running stride – one that leans forward and only uses one arm at a time.  Not exactly natural.

So the point of all of this is to tell you that I came to a realization this weekend.  I love taking Cullen out for our daily walks, and even for casual I kind of feel like running today types of jogs.  But trying to train for a race while exclusively running with a stroller just simply doesn’t work.  I’m sure there are other moms out there who have done it, but it’s just not happening for me.

I was supposed to run seven miles on Sunday – just me and Beyoncé out on the trail.  But Casey got called into work and so I had to figure out how to make that work along with my sidekick. 

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Don’t be fooled – he wasn’t actually asleep as this picture suggests.  At the point when my window to run opened up, Cullen was wide awake and ready to make my run as adventurous as possible.  He showed off his newest skill, tossing toys out of the stroller left and right.  Once that wore off, he cried for his pacifier every other minute or so, just often enough to make sure I didn’t get into any sort of running rhythm. 

I’m exaggerating a little here of course, but it was during that run that I realized that training and babysitting do not go hand in hand.  If I want to be a casual runner and go for jogs with Cullen, that is absolutely fine.  But if I want to set goals and train for races, I need to be able to do that on my own.

The biggest problem I have when I’m out for my runs with Cullen is that I spend the entire time completely focused on him.  Is he crying?  Where is his toy?  Did his blanket slip down?  Does he seem cold?  And heaven forbid if it starts raining. 

But what I need to be able to do for just a few short hours each week, is truly and completely focus on ME.  I need to be thinking about my pace and my stride.  I need to look forward to climbing new hills and reaching new mileage.  And I need to be able to lose myself in my headphones without worrying that I won’t be able to hear my baby cry if he needs me.

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And so once again, I sat down with Casey to revise our plan and figure out how to be better, more efficient, and how to make it work.  I’m going to start doing my runs as soon as Casey gets home in the evenings.  With summer on its way, there is plenty of evening light now, so I can run in early evening while Casey gets some alone time with Cullen.  If I leave right away, I can make it back before his bedtime.  And if the weather doesn’t cooperate, I can always retreat down to the treadmill so that I can still log some miles. 

We’re going to give this a shot and see how it goes.  We both really want to support each other as parents, but also as individuals.  I don’t really feel like I have much of an individual identity these days, and I’m hoping to get a bit of that back by recapturing a sport I used to love so much. 

But it’s also entirely possible that the most realistic solution at this point in my life is to acknowledge that perhaps training for races does not work right now.  I’m okay with that.  I would much rather accept that than continue to feel frustrated by setting unrealistic goals.

We’ll see how it goes.  I love going out for long walks with Cullen every day – showing him new sights, new smells, and stimulating him with plenty of voices and faces.  And I still think we’ll run together here and there when the weather is nice.  But going forward, I’m going to do my best to get on the trail by myself just a few short hours each week.  It’s better for all of us. 

I have about six weeks to pull myself into half-marathon shape.  That’s a tall order to say the least, given my current level of fitness.  But I’m still motivated and determined, and as I’ve learned in my many years of running in the past – that part is half the battle. 

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Courtney     at 7:52 am

I have a friend who has 2 children that she pushes, and recently did a sub-3 marathon with pretty much all baby jogger running! She runs with a group of girls, who will take turns pushing it during a long run, so that she didn’t have to worry about pushing it the whole way. I know that doesn’t solve the part about toys being tossed out the stroller, etc, but maybe you could find someone who could run along side you and give you a break so that you can run a little more naturally? Not ideal but maybe could help you make it through June!


Kira     at 9:12 am

I’ve found one of the most challenging things about running is NOT comparing myself to others, and, in your case, comparing yourself to pre-pregnancy Emily. Hope you all can find a system that works for you!


Diana @ frontyardfoodie     at 9:34 am

I hated running with my jogging stroller because it totally messed with my form and I found my back didn’t do too well. I love my stroller but definitely not for that. So I feel ya.

Since we’re having all our kids together I’m not too worried about running now. I ran all through my last pregnancy and definitely did a lot of working out (and even a race) between having my son and getting pregnant but I’m taking it in a relaxed way since I know that until my third (and last) kid is born I won’t be able to be hardcore about running. It’s actually been really beneficial because when I run I tend to let cross training fall on the wayside and now I’ve learned how to do so many other types of work outs!


Jeana     at 9:37 am

You are not alone. Running with a jogging stroller was a rude awakening to me after having my first baby. Just know that it does get easier, now I’m one of those crazy ladies pushing my double BOB around our neighborhood lake. I don’t really do more than 4 miles with the girls, and I just plan on a slower pace, its just so nice to be outside with them so I try and fit it in where I can. One thing I do that has helped a lot is I I use those little rings you can buy in the baby section to hook a toy to one end and then hook it to the hoop o the shoulder strap. That when toys won’t jump ship :) Do you guys have a jumper for Cullen? That is one way I can log miles on the treadmill, I just stick the baby in the jumper next to the treadmill and we “run” together. My kids LOVE the jumper though. Good luck with your training. You can do it!!


Christina     at 9:50 am

I think as a parent sometimes we expect to eventually bounce back to the way things were before and it can feel like losing your identity when you can’t. I think working and finding a schedule that fits both your needs will most definitely help you with finding your identity again and feeling independent.


Niki@justrunninwithit     at 9:58 am

Here I always thought stroller running looked fun! I guess I didn’t account for all the weight that you have to push! Silly me. I have a stress fracture in my foot and I can’t run either, I know how frustrating it is! Hang in there! :-)


Meagan     at 8:41 pm

Emily! I wish you the best in this. Sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders! Team work and giving yourself grace is so important!

I am going to be up in the Seattle area April 6-10th… Do you have any tips or must see places? Or good eating suggestions? I can’t eat gluten or soy.


Emily Malone Reply:

Welcome to Seattle! I actually just made a page of all my favorite spots!



Rachelle     at 12:53 pm

My comment has little to do with running (b/c although I’d love to be a runner, it isn’t working for me).

Anyway… with the perfect 20/20 hindsight of having a 3 year old and having found the parenting style I like, I wish I had read a certain book when my guy was little. It is called Parenting With Love and Logic (they have a special version for 0-6 years). I wish I had read it when my guy was 1 (or younger). It is a parenting method that lets them learn from their own mistakes (I will leave the book to explain that!). I am not saying to let your 4 month old do this per say, but I am saying I wish I’d read the book A LOT sooner than when my son was 3 ;-) I think it would have helped me a lot.

When you have time (ha ha hhhaaaa), check it out!


Emily Malone Reply:

I will check out the book! Thanks! :)


sunnyd     at 1:34 pm

awesome info and great ideas from everyone here!

I just wanted to point out that most jogging strollers don’t fully recline and therefore are unsuitable for babies under ~6 months. they need head control not just to be inclined but also to deal with the jostling of a run, so even if you have one of those add-on frames for a car seat, you’re still not supposed to jog with them. $%#* kids and their underdeveloped spines ;)


PJ     at 10:34 am

Maybe someone has already commented, but have you tried using a jogging stroller with large wheels? The large wheels make it much much easier and almost effortless to push. My jogging stroller is “the best money I’ve ever spend” as I’d be a prisoner without it. You are really inspiring and I’m thankful to have found your site. Thanks for sharing!!


Mary     at 12:19 pm

I started running about six months ago. I have five kids so I have always run with a double stroller. My first run without it was glorious!
I actually prefer running with the stroller…i feel that it gives me a great workout, and leads to being pleasantly surprised at my speeds when I go without it.
Because my kids are used to it, they sit quietly and we talk about the things we see along the way. Today for the first time I jogged with my six year old on the glider board…kicked my butt, but I felt so accomplished afterwards! I love that my children cheer when I go fast and tell me how wonderful the wind feels through their hair.
I consider running with the double stroller my “training”. I am nowhere close to being a great runner, but I’ve found something that works for me.


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Alison     at 6:44 am

Hi Emily,

I also purchased the BOB stroller and I love it. I don’t have any problems in using it for Mary and she is very comfortable with it. I am also having fun in using it for daily meetings with my stroller-runner mommies.


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