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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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Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete     at 8:41 am

I am amazed at how much running has helped me get my identity back. I think your plan is a good one! My husband often has to work late, so running at 5:45am has been the only option for me. It’s not easy, but I somehow make it work! Oh and you’re right about running with a stroller. I don’t know how people do it. My husband pushes it in his races and still knocks out 7:30 minute miles!

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Emily Malone Reply:

You are so inspiring, Callie! And Nate, well, he’s just obnoxious. :)

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Hallie (@ChasingHallie)     at 8:44 am

It is so hard to get the individual time these days. I have a 5K in 2 weeks and still haven’t run a single mile! I am in big trouble. But it is extremely hard to find the time to run and take care of Molly. However, I have to do it.

I applaud you and Casey for the work you are doing to set aside time for you as individuals and as a family. I hope the new plan works for you guys!

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Louise     at 8:45 am

Boy, do I know what you mean about not feeling like you have much of an identity. My husband is the runner in the family and that is his release from stress. Right now, I have no release. If I’m not at work, I’m trying to keep our 3.5 month old entertained. If he’s napping, I’m running around cleaning bottles, straightening up, etc. Not sure if running is for me, but I have go to find a release.

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Melissa @ HerGreenLife Reply:

ME time is a must, and one that I’m still working on, as a mother of an 8-month-old. It’s not easy and does require lots of coordination with your partner.

I know that in my case, just saying it’s a good thing and I should do it is not enough, life is way too crazy for that. I need to figure out what I want to do with my “me time” and schedule it.

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Liz     at 8:47 am

Hi Emily – I’ve been following your blog for a long time but this is my first comment.

I could really relate to this post. I have twins that are now a year old and I started (SLOWLY) getting back into running when they were around 5 months old. I am finally truly back in the groove – we bought a treadmill which I use at the crack of dawn and my husband is great about watching them so I can run outside whenever possible. I agree 100% about the stroller – one of the reasons I run is for a little break from baby duty and taking the kids would kind of ruin that for me! Plus, like you said, it is HARD to push that thing.

Anyway – I wanted to strongly recommend you read the books “Run Like a Mother” and “Train Like a Mother.” I guarantee you will relate to them, they will speak to you. If you feel that running is part of your identity and you are struggling to get that back, these books will motivate you, give you tips for training, and just help you realize that everyone tries to find that balance.

They also have a facebook group I follow and a blog (anothermotherrunner.com). Hope that helps! :)

Liz

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Emily Malone Reply:

I will definitely check those out! THANK you!

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Kel Reply:

You can add them to your google feed too.

I am sorry to hear it is so hard – but you will get it worked out to work out!

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martha Reply:

I would definitely suggest “Train like a Mother” and “Run like a Mother”, they are so inspiring! and relatable too. I am not a runner, my kids are grown, but ME time is still important. Getting to the gym, meeting other moms/women who can keep you accountable for your workout. It is a tough place to be with the wee ones, I know, been there! Emily, you will figure it out. You look wonderful and Cullen is adorable! Thank you for sharing your life,

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Ali     at 8:50 am

Oh man – I agree that motivation and determination are half the battle; I think the other half (or 49%) is about recognizing what is realistic, what you need, and how to get that. So, you’re 99% of the way there :).

Are there any stroller running groups in Seattle? I know up here in Vancouver that there are a couple (I see them out on the trails) and it has always seemed to me like such a great idea. Maybe not for the serious training, but for building a community of folks in the same situation.

You and Casey seem to have a great model of working together, and Cullen is lucky to have such great role models of a wonderful, mutually supportive relationship. Kudos to all three of you!

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Kris     at 8:53 am

Hi Emily! I have a BOB too and I just wanted to let you know that it’s a lot lighter and easier to run with without the car seat attachment. Plus, it’s easier to be in your own world (and my 9 month old likes being in his too) when they can look out instead of just staring at you the whole time. Not sure when Cullen will be big enough to sit in it without the attachment, but I hope that helps. It’s still not as much fun (or as easy) as running sans stroller; but it’s definitely not as bad. :)

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Heather Reply:

My daughter is the same age as Cullen and she goes in without the carseat now. Of course, every baby is different and parent makes different decisions. Zoey has been without the carseat since 3.5 months and she is SO MUCH HAPPIER in there, as am I not having to push more weight. She still can’t sit up on her own, if that gives you a bit of perspective compared to Cullen.

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Emily Malone Reply:

That picture is totally misleading (I used an old one). I actually DO run without the carseat now, but I still think it’s really hard to push! Although he is definitely MUCH happier out of the seat – that part helps.

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Amateur Mommy     at 9:01 am

I totally feel your pain. It seemed easier to run w/ my daughter when she was smaller and I was training just for a 10k. I’m supposed to do a half in 3.5 weeks and I’m considering downgrading to the 5k. She is a toddler now, heavy to push, and to push her 7, 8, 9+ miles? Too much.

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kath     at 9:01 am

I imagine running with a stroller will be REALLY hard. I mean, adding a water bottle in my hand makes running harder for me! I’m hoping to get the same BOB you have – but use it more for walking and hopefully leave the baby with Matt for running.

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Kara     at 9:01 am

I stay home with my kid and since I’ve successfully trained for a 50 mile race with no childcare, I might have some helpful suggestions:

1. Split your runs. Run on the treadmill during nap time (as much as you can) and also run outside on the same day. I do this every weekday and it’s the easiest way to get a “longer” weekday run done.

2. Strip down what you deem “necessary” in the stroller. Lighter stroller = easier to push.

3. Invest in a weather shield and sun shield. This will help you relax about Cullen’s comfort.

4. Realize that training with a stroller will make you a stronger solo runner. Yeah, it’s hard and sucks sometimes, but it will make you a faster and stronger runner and that thought helps me push through the hard days.

It never gets easier (that darn kid keeps getting heavier to push) but you do get better at the stroller running thing as time goes on.

Good luck! :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

You are one of those supermoms! FIFTY miles? I am impressed. All great ideas! Thank you for the tips. :)

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Kara Reply:

No, I’m just a normal mom…that’s the point. :) You can do it too, you just need to reframe how you view running (like giving up that zoning out thing, at least until you have a toddler like me and you want to zone out and ignore the whining about desires to stop and collect leaves)

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Melissa     at 9:04 am

Good luck getting all that figured out! It’s great how supportive you and Casey are of each other!

I’m also doing the Indy Mini, and I’m also scrambling to be ready in time (for a different reason though. I sprained my ankle really badly and couldn’t even walk at first! I didn’t run for over six weeks.) So anyway, I’m right there with you as far as the “can I be ready by May 5th?” countdown clock goes.

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Emily Malone Reply:

We can walk in the back together! :)

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Melissa Reply:

Haha, it may come to that.

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Carrie     at 9:09 am

Wow, I always see moms around here pushing their stroller like it ain’t no thing, but all of these blogs I’m reading lately talk about how it’s actually really hard to do, which I can only imagine! Good for you guys for sitting down and coming up with solutions though, I have no doubt you’ll do great at your up-coming half marathon.

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Whitney     at 9:15 am

I am not a mom yet and if I don’t get my “me” time for my workouts and runs, I am not pleasant to be around (hubs agrees, ha). I would think this is more true with moms since mothers devote so much time to their children (as they should). I hope you and Casey’s new approach works out for you and you are able to get back to racing that you love so much.

Side note- this post also confirms that I am not having children until my mom retires! ha I’ve already told her this! :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

I beg my mom to move out here every single day!

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Runmarun     at 9:18 am

Oh man, I hear you on the challenges of running with a BOB- it is crazy hard. I can only do it about once a week with a rest day (or two) afterwards because I am so sore!

I wish you the best with finding a system that works for you and your husband…and good for you for working towards finding a way to take time for yourself- it pays off such huge dividends once you get there.

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Sabrina     at 9:18 am

I love this post because here I thought you found a way to run with him 5-6 times a week, making me feel like a loser. I’m glad to know I’m just normal.

Anyway, I’m sure the bottle situation won’t make this a lot easier, but you need to find a trustworthy babysitter. I used sittercity.com, and while some of the applicants were totally sketchy, I actually found someone I LOVE. She is so sweet and takes care of R two days a week while I work. I am going to look for a second person that can “monitor babysit” so that I can go to the gym late now and again when Trig is traveling for work or if the two of us want a night out.

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Emily Malone Reply:

HA! More like five or six times total. :) I am actually using sittercity.com now! We are getting ready to move, which sort of complicates things (as you know), but I’m hoping to get it set up soon. Glad to hear you found someone you love – so reassuring!

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Jessica Reply:

Where are you moving to?

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Emily Malone Reply:

Just a different part of Seattle!

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Sabrina     at 9:18 am

Anyway, thanks for keeping it real.

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Heidi     at 9:19 am

You’re doing a great job. Don’t get discouraged, just like everything else in your life after a baby; running changes a bit too. I also hated running with a stroller, but you’ve already pointed out some benefits…like the core and arm workout.

If you aren’t already following the Dimity and Sarah from anothermotherrunner.com you should check them out. They might not have all the answers, but it’s helpful to know you’re not the only one battling the same frustrations.

Keep your head up girl, before you know it Cullen will be out there running WITH you :)

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Jenny     at 9:24 am

The only way I could really train for races was to get a gym membership with childcare. I waited until he was 5 months old. The first couple of weeks were rough on me, him, and his 3 1/2 year old brother (who had not been left with a caregiver up to that point), but it all worked out. Now they are right at home at the gym and look forward to the interaction they get with the other children, and my workouts went from sporadic to consistent. I also run outside on weekends if I have the chance.

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Sara     at 9:27 am

I’m not a career runner, but I do like to run as part of my workout, so naturally when we were looking at strollers last year before our first was born, we got a jogging stroller. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s a great stroller, maybe a little bit bulkier than traditinal ones, but I wanted to be able to run! HA! If I had known how difficult it was to run with a stroller, we’d have gotten a smaller, traditional stroller. Running with one hand pushing a stroller and then constantly switching hands when it starts to burn is so hard! When I run with the stroller I definitely don’t feel like I’m giving my run my all. I don’t know how those who seem to run with a stroller with such ease manage to do so!

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Bridget     at 9:28 am

http://www.nothrow.com/ I think you can buy these at lots of stores. These are a must for our walks. My son was a thrower! The shortest walk took forever because I kept having to pick stuff up. Then I got a bunch of tethers. Sippy cup or bottle went on one side of the stroller, and two toys max went on the other, It was amazing how quickly he learned how to retrieve his own things. =-)

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Emily Malone Reply:

SUCH a GREAT idea!!

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Willow @ My Own Trail     at 9:30 am

I hear you on running with a jogging stroller. I have never been able to get used to it and do not use it for my training runs. I have a few mom (and dad) friends who do all of their weekly runs with their little ones in the jogging stroller and they make it look so easy, but that’s just not the case for me. However, as a mom who works outside of the home, my time with my little ones is limited so I try to schedule my runs for times when I’m not with them anyway. I’m luckily to work at a community college that has an indoor track and try to use it two to three days a week for my maintenance runs. I still have to use a weekend day for my long run, but it helps me get my runs in during the week. I don’t know how I would manage it if I didn’t have that option. It’s so tough to try to balance it all and find time for ourselves, regardless of our working/parenting situation. But, as you said, it’s so important to get that time in each week. Here’s hoping your new plan works out. With that said, it’s time to stop procrastinating and head to the track. I only have 45 minutes today.

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Colleen C     at 9:31 am

Good for you, Emily! It’s awesome to see that you know you need to focus on you. It’s so hard for us moms. (My little guy is 7 months) I am by no means a runner, but a jogger (or even a wogger) and that darn stroller is intense! You’ve already gotten some great tips but here are a few from me …
1) For indoor jogs try him in the pack n play – we *just* broke this out for my sanity because L is crawling everywhere now. We used to only use it for naps, but now he plays in it (pack n *play* – ha) – throw a whole bunch of toys in there and see how long he can entertain himself.
2) As for throwing of toys off the side of the stroller – these guys are a lifesaver: http://www.buybuybaby.com/regProduct.asp?WRN=-1689828294&sku=18600064&
3) Once you feel comfortable and take him out of the car seat and put him directly in – it will change your life. But, like stated above, you’re still pushing a stroller, but it won’t be nearly as bad as with the car seat attachment! We started putting L directly into the seat (City Mini) around 5 months.

Good luck with the race!!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Pack n Play is a good idea! Our treadmill area is really cramped right now, but once we move I will definitely try that. And that picture is totally misleading (it’s an old one) – I actually DO put him directly in the stroller now, which he likes much better (and takes a bit of weight off). But he still fusses and throws things. :)

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Carrie Reply:

“Play Time” – is what we called it when our girls went in a pack-n-play. They hated it for a few days and then grew to love that time more than anything!!(we started out 10 minutes twice a day and eventually extended to 30-40 minutes depending on their mood.)

It’s not only helpful for you, it teaches your child how to entertain themselves. Eventually, you graduate them to “Room Time” where they do the same thing with a gate at the door. Ultimately, the goal is for them (as toddlers) to be able to play in their room on their own without needing your attention every five minutes.

This is such a gift to teach your child how to play. I have three girls (and another on the way) and I don’t know what I’d do if my children didn’t do this – you are giving them a chance for creativity, discovery and imagination – and it’s so good for you too!!! Good luck!

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Sana     at 9:35 am

Good for you! I have no idea what it’s like to raise a child but, I can tell you that you are doing an awesome job! Even though you are now Cullen’s mom you are still yourself and need to do things alone.

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Amanda     at 9:37 am

Hi there
I am a very newbie prego Mama and I am very curious to know about running with a baby. I was told by some people that they do not recommend running with an infant in a stroller until 8 mos and from others as long as 1 year?? I live in Canada so not sure if any other moms from Canada have been told this but I would love to know what your pediatrician has said Emily??

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Heather Reply:

I am from Canada a my health care provider told me that as long as the baby could be fully reclined, I could start running without the carseat in the stroller around 3 months. I think retailers say later but health professionals say earlier. I guess it’s what you’re comfortable with!

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Katy @ MonsterProof Reply:

I’m in the US. Our stroller says 6 months, but I similarly heard that if your child has good head support you can start at 3 months. I definitely was WALKING with him in the jogging stroller by…2? Maybe? But he was very stable. It depends on your child.

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Amanda Reply:

Thanks Ladies!
So Heather, they recommend running without the carseat? I would have thought babe would have more support in the carseat? Is the incline the issue?

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Heather Reply:

You can start running with the carseat whenever you are ready to run, and then you can move the baby out of the carseat and directly into the stroller around 3-4 months. Your baby’s head control should be that indicator. They do need to be (almost) fully inclined because if they can’t sit up on their own, they won’t have the core strength to sit in a stroller. My stroller doesn’t get 100% flat, but it’s pretty close.

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Emily Malone Reply:

I have read here that it’s six months, but I actually started with him directly in the stroller around three months. I only do it on paved smooth trails without any major bumps, and he likes is much better than the carseat!

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Bridget     at 9:37 am

Thanks for you honest, Emily. Thinking about you and hoping you can find something that works for YOU!

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Chamyli     at 9:39 am

OMG, I fully understand the frustration of stroller….I almost wonder if I am doing more harm than good sometimes with causing neck/arm cramps! I saw someone else commented on it and wondered if you were actually running with him in the carseat?? That is a lot of extra weight and I found my son was just so much happier sitting forward. Yes, I know because he is young you need to keep him reclined quite a bit and that can be a concern if the stroller were to go backwards, but I never saw that as a concern after trying it out carefully a few times. If anything I didn’t like how his head bounced against the back of the hard carseat as opposed to bouncing along with the fabric – and yes I have the BOB. Hopefully you can manage some kid free runs in these longer days!

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Emily Malone Reply:

That’s actually an old picture – I have been putting him directly in the stroller for the last two months. He definitely likes being directly in the seat much better, but I still find it hard to push!

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maria     at 9:54 am

Yep, we are in the same boat. We live in DC while both of our families live in Memphis and New Hampshire. I never understood the need to have family support around until now! I have also found it frustrating to find the time. It isn’t that my husband isnt’ supportive, it has just become that much harder for BOTH of us to carve out time for exercise separately. I have resorted to run on the treadmill around 7 at night after my 6 month old goes to sleep. On the weekends, I can run outdoors, but during the busy week, that is just when it is going to happen…IF it is going to happen. I would like to wake up early and run but I find it too hard to do with nursing.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Totally agree! Casey needs to exercise too, since he’s not exactly pumped to be away from us all day long. He definitely needs his own release. We’re doing our best to figure out a way to both get that. Wish I was still in DC so we could run together! :)

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Heather     at 9:54 am

I also was goingto mention that I use little rings that attach to toys and I feed them into the stroller straps so that the toy is still accessible but it’s attached to the stroller.

I hope it gets easier for you!! Im finding motivations more of a problem than time!

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Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride     at 9:57 am

Seriously, I think you’re a superhero mom with all that you do and no family close by! I can’t even imagine how much time and planning goes into that.

It’s so nice to read how wonderful you and Casey are as parents but also as partners in this. I can’t wait to be a mom one day, but deep down I fear losing my individual identity. I think while you show it can be hard it can be done! :)

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Katy @ MonsterProof     at 10:00 am

I understand! I’m supposedly doing a 10-miler in 5 weeks…um…seriously in trouble. I had been doing well, and then my 10 month old got sick. A lot. And was waking up at night. A lot. And I was just exhausted. I work full time, so when I get home I want to be around him. That means that (when I make it) I go to the gym after 8pm. And most nights I’m just too tired to do it!

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Jamie     at 10:04 am

I raised my son alone for the first few years and there is no way I could have come up with the time to run. I worked all day and then dealt with all of the parenting alone. My solution was to buy an exercise bike and workout DVD’s. Now that I have someone in my life, I find what works best for me is to go while everyone is still sleeping. I get it done and out of the way and I know that my fiancee is there if my son needs anything. I don’t know if that is possible for you, but you could maybe run with a dog for safety in the mornings?

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Emily Malone Reply:

Single moms are my heros.

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Cherise     at 10:09 am

I wonder if you’ve considered a ‘running buddy’. I don’t know if you have any running friends with kiddos around Cullen’s age but the only way I was able to maintain my sanity and get back into running was to hook up with a friend during the day. We actually load both our babies (mine 4 months and her’s 6 months) into her double stroller and one day I spend walking the stroller around the lake, the next she does. It’s a good 3.5 mile loop around so the runner usually does 3 or 4 laps while the walker does 1 or 2. It really works great because you get in the zone running each lap but if one of our sons has a break down, mom is only a few minutes away. It also helps that we both breastfeed so we each top them off before we start and can usually get our work-outs in before another feeding is necessary. It still means you’re not getting a good run everyday but, hey, I’ll take what I can get! My husband also watches our son on Saturdays so I can do a weekly long run.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Totally! I actually have a really great group of mom friends here, and it’s so nice to be with other people who understand meltdowns, feedings, missed naps, etc. :) I usually meet one of the other moms for a walk every other day or so, and I do a moms group too. We haven’t tried coordinating running together since the babies are still so young and unpredictable, but they are probably starting to get to an age where that is possible.

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Kathy Reply:

Do you know any of the other mothers well enough that you would feel comfortable swapping sitting time. Ask them if they would watch Cullen an hour every few days while you run, and you would watch their child for an hour every few days while they run or do whatever they need to do. You all get a bit of me time for free. Having children is so time consuming but know that the time will fly by and you will have a lot of me time in the near future. What if on Saturdays when hubby gets back from running, he watch Cullen while you go for a run? That way you have the training done in one day and you can spend Sunday together as a family? Just a thought. I sure wish I lived in Seattle, I would be MORE than happy to watch Cullen while you run.

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Brie     at 10:21 am

I am constantly in awe of this blogger, who did a sub-20 minute 5K with twin 3 year olds in a jogging stroller. She is a superhero. http://twinsandtriathlons.blogspot.com/

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Kimberly @ Healthy Strides     at 10:29 am

I am sorry to hear that stroller running isn’t going as you had hoped. I know it has been key for me to be able to run since having my son almost 9 months ago. I would not be mentally stable otherwise (and I mean that in all seriousness). While I have been able to run without the stroller, I do most of my runs with it. Here are some of my tips (sorry if they’ve been listed above):

*Time your workouts with nap time. It’s much easier to run when they are sleeping.
*Make it a daily routine and try not to deviate. We head out at 7 every morning for a walk.
*Start with shorter distances and build up his tolerance for the stroller.
*Don’t take all that stuff. Miles has a blanket and a paci – nothing else. I talk to him if he’s getting fussy but mostly I ignore him.
*Set a day once a week where you get a baby free workout. My husband knows that every Wednesday that I will not be available after work and he is on the own for dinner and in charge of the baby.
*Go after he’s down for the night. If a run wasn’t possible in the morning, I do it at night. Yes, I want to spend time with my husband but I need my time, too.
*Cram in the miles on the weekend.

Best of luck to you. I really hope you and Casey find a schedule that works for ALL of you.

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Heather @ Get healthy with heather     at 10:29 am

I think it’s so great that you guys work together to help each other meet your goals. Not only is it nice for you to get you time, I bet it’s a huge encouragement. Keep it up girl! :)

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Caphillbarbie     at 10:32 am

I can totally relate! It is so incredibly hard to find the time and energy to really run. My husband works very long and unpredictable hours and I definitely find its easier to go as soon as he gets home, even though that means pushing through some series fatigue. My only recommendation is to really try to seek out child care at the gym or elsewhere, it will help both you and Cullen adjust to being apart for a short time and you will feel so much better.

On the upside, Cullen’s naps will get longer and more predictable. Following the advice in the Health Sleep Habits book is so helpful and he will probably settle into a schedule in another month or so.

Good luck!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama     at 10:38 am

Oh, this post comes at a great time for me! I just had an awful run this morning with my double BOB. Yes, running with a stroller sucks. It feels like you are running in quick sand especially when there’s a hill involved. When my kids were newborns (age 2 -4 months) I trained for a 1/2 marathon. I did not do any running with them. It was all after my husband came home and on the weekends. During this past winter, I was getting up @ 5 a.m. 2x/week to run on our treadmill before the kids woke up. My other training runs were after work or on the weekend when hubby was with the kids. Now I run 1x/week with the kids(easy day – ha!), tempo/speed early morning run on the treadmill, run after work (3-4 miles) and long run on the weekend. It works for us!

Good luck!

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Emily Malone Reply:

YES to the quicksand! I can only imagine how much more complicated things get with two kids. A lot of people have suggested the morning workout, but I’m kind of wondering how early is TOO early! Cullen is usually up by 5:30am, which means I’d need to be getting up at 4:30. His mid-night feeding is usually between 2 and 3. Haha I’m not sure I can do it!

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Jody     at 10:45 am

Are there any mom’s running groups in your area? In Baltimore we have Moms on the Run. It wouldn’t be able to help with race training, but its a good group for combining your love of running and making more mom friends who can understand! If not, making you could pair up with some mom friends to either run together or take turns babysitting and running?? You’re doing awesome! I’m sure the schedule will get easier in the next few months.

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Tiffany     at 10:54 am

I too had 45 min (to the exact minute) nappers. Alas, I had to subcome to the early mornings…. it’s the only consistant time. ever. and my kids are now 10 & 12. Now, eating dinner as a family (if not on a ball field!) is important to us. If it doesn’t happen at 5:30am, it’s not happening-in my house anyway. Good Luck!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yeah unfortunately Cullen is up for the day between 5 and 6am right now, so I’m not sure I can swing much earlier than that. I’m looking forward to the toddler sleep I hear so much about! :)

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Heather     at 10:58 am

It’s so good to know other moms struggle with individual identity. Avery Grace is 12 weeks tomorrow (where’d the time go!?!) And my husband and I are along too because he is military. It’s alot tougher than we thought she having no family near. We’re trying to figure it our too. Good luck ‘:)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Congrats to you! We are definitely not alone. :)

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RunEatRepeat     at 11:10 am

I kinda want to start running with a stroller now so I’m used to it.

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Bri     at 11:10 am

While I was still living in San Francisco, I babysat a baby boy from 3 months to 6 months. At first, his mom had to get used to leaving him alone, so I would meet her at her house, we’d all go to wherever she was training (she does triathlons so it changes) and I would sit and play with the baby and she would workout knowing she was nearby if something happened. Once she got used to it, she started leaving us at home and going herself and asking me to stay more and more time. The point is, I think you can take gradual steps until you’re more comfortable to achieve your goals and take good care of Cullen at the same time! Good luck!

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Erika     at 11:19 am

My son is 19 months now but when he was little he sounded exactly like Cullen. I put him in an in-home daycare when I returned to work when he was 6 months old. The nap schedule there was 9-10 then 1:30-4. I thought there was no way that he was going to take those naps because he only slept for 30 min. at home. Well it only took a couple of days and he was on schedule. I am sure the sitter had to use some CIO when he was would wake up from the first sleep cycle but I was amazed that he actually COULD do it. Of course this meant waking him at 6:30 every day even on weekends.

I started training for a half when my son was 14 months old. I had to wait until I was getting a full nights sleep for awhile.

There is a website http://runninginthefamily.com/ and the training plans only call for running three times a week – so up until the last 4 weeks I actually did two training runs on the weekend which only left me 1 that I had to do during the week. Therefore, whether it was waking up at 4:45 or going at night if it was only once during the week it was totally do-able.

Sorry for the unsolicited advice but hang in there – I know it can be frustrating but it will all work out!

P.S. My mom lives an hour away and wish she lived down the road still :(

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Emily Malone Reply:

Great website – thanks for the link!!

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Katie     at 11:30 am

I am only 14 weeks pregnant but I am already thinking about running strollers since I’ve been a marathon runner for a while now and running is super important to me. I am seriously impressed by moms who are able to run any distance with a stroller- it definitely makes me nervous to think about! It seems so challenging and you’re doing a great job! I just read this blog post by Dorothy from Mile Posts about how she ran 20 (fast!) miles with her 5 year old in a stroller. I can’t even imagine!!! That seems impossible to me! http://www.mile-posts.com/2012/03/26/20-miles-with-a-single-stroller-boston-marathon-2012-training/

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Emily Malone Reply:

Dorothy is my hero. I don’t know how she does it! She also runs with a TRIPLE stroller. Insanity.

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Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal Reply:

You are the sweetest! Hope you had fun/are having fun visiting DC again :) You want to move back here now right?!?! ;)

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Donna     at 12:02 pm

Whoa, everybody. All of you sound a little panicky about “losing your identity”. As a mother with older children, you’re not going to lose yourself. Trust me. All you are doing is gaining a new, better identity. All of you are putting too much pressure on yourselves. I’m not saying be lazy, but life is going to be slower for a while. It may even take a few years before you reach certain goals. But you will – because your children will grow up. You will eventually have more time for yourself – it will happen – just not right away. Best advice I can give you right now – lower your expectations. It’s the best way to keep your sanity during this time of motherhood.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Hey Donna! I don’t think it’s about panicking, but more that it’s nice to know that other moms are experiencing a similar feeling. I imagine that with older kids it is easier to look back on the fondness of the newborn/infant days that I have NO doubt I will miss desperately some day. But when you’re in the trenches, it’s also nice to have some personal release, as well as the knowledge that you aren’t crazy or alone. I am all about trying to set realistic (and low!) expectations for myself these days. Most importantly, I try to savor all of Cullen’s little quirks and moments while he’s still itty bitty. He’s already growing up too quickly!

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Andrea     at 12:02 pm

Oh Emily, I can so relate to this post. I tried a lot of times to run with my son when I was on maternity leave and it was a nightmare. It was a nightmare to meet friends for lunch a lot of times. All my girlfriends had little girls who seemed to sleep constantly and I had this adorable little boy with LOTS of ENERGY from the very beginning (crying, throwing his toys, spitting out his pacifier…fun stuff). You will find your running groove soon….enjoy this time with cullen. It gets even more complicated with baby #2 and I figured it out. And here we are thinking about having baby #3.

Motherhood is a HUGE adjustment and I think you have great (and reasonable) expectations. I love reading your posts. It really brings back memories for me. :)

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Katie     at 12:29 pm

Don’t give up on your identity, Emily. I’ve been there, and let my own goals and individual pleasures be pushed to the back burner for the good of my family. I also know what it feels like to be isolated from close friends and family support, and it can be toxic.

It was only when I took up running again, and carved out time for myself that I saw a real and lasting improvement in disposition. Making time for myself actually made me a happier wife and more devoted mother.

Please make time for yourself to do the things that you love best.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks Katie! :)

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Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker     at 12:44 pm

I do all my running after Stephen gets home from work and often his workout. This means I’m headed out sometimes in the dark, but it’s working for us. I just make dinner during the day so that it’s ready when I get home. I run three times during the week this way — usually between 4 and 6 miles. Then on the weekends, both Stephen gets up really early to get his run in before the morning feed and I head out immediately following when Ada eats. Just thought it might help to see how we’re doing it. My parents used to help out watching Ada for workouts during the day, but they have been unable to do so lately, so some days I find myself stroller jogging, but I use it as a supplemental workout just to get out of the house. I can’t see doing any real training because it’s so hard! I’m sorry you’re having a rough go at it. I don’t know if you’re a morning person, but I remember Jen saying she runs really early in the morning. Maybe you could do some of that on the treadmill before your husband goes to work? Sigh. It’s definitely not easy now, right?!

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Emily Malone Reply:

You make all your running and racing seem so easy! I don’t know how you make dinner during the day. I’m totally impressed. The problem with the morning workouts is that C is usually up between 5 and 6 (plus I have rock hard boobs!), so I’d have to literally get up at 4 to beat his wakeup. He’s still feeding between 2 and 3 too, so I can’t see a 4am wakeup happening, haha. :)

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Jen     at 12:56 pm

Ugh, it is SO not easy trying to find time for each parent to workout. I run after Wyatt’s early morning feeding, and Jeff watches him. Then Jeff goes to the gym on his way home from work while I put Wyatt to bed. Then we take turns watching baby on the weekends so the other can do a long run or bike ride. Are we both in great shape? Yup. But are we also incredibly sleep deprived and sick of not seeing one another? Oh yeah. I don’t know what to do. When you figure it out, please share with me :)

I avoid stroller running at all costs now. Not fun to run while pushing a heavy crank around!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yeah I guess it’s just a matter of figuring out how to prioritize at all. Casey and I are determined to not be ships passing in the night – only ever trading off baby-duty and never spending actual time together. I think this is where a lot of my workout time gets sacrificed. At least you are in shape! :)

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Katheryn     at 1:01 pm

Good luck with the training. I know first hand what it’s like with no family support. I’m pregnant with #3 and we live in a different country than all our family. Definitely no help. Hubby works a job with long hours too. I’ve managed to get myself up early 5 mornings a week almost every week since I had my first born – almost 8 years ago. It’s hard to drag my tired body out of bed, but it’s more important to me to have some alone exercise time.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Good luck to you too! That sounds tough.

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Maya     at 2:02 pm

I’m running with my baby (the same age as yours!) too, and I’ve only just started to run with the stroller… what has made it work for me is choosing a three day a week training plan. Once I could plod a 5K again I started the intermediate 5K plan from the Runner’s World book Run Less, Run Faster. It was AWESOME because its runs are pretty short but still feel hard core. I actually almost PRed on my first 5K! I’m nowhere near training for a half marathon, so I’m highly impressed that you are, but I AM getting a lot faster and turning into a better runner this way. I love having speed goals with every run… it makes the runs feel really rewarding. I used the beginners marathon plan from the same people for my third marathon a few years ago, and I PRed there by 20 minutes!

I am now running sometimes with the jogging stroller (I have the Bob all-terrain stroller… maybe it’s easier to run with than the Revolution? bigger wheels?) and it’s not bad, though I’m also very lucky to have a girl who falls asleep in the stroller. Before that I did one weekday run in the evening and two runs on the weekend when my husband was home (Friday-Sunday), and I agree that being able to zone out and just have ME time is amazing.

Now I’m just trying to convince my husband that he wants to run with our daughter so that I actually get some time alone at home… though I probably wouldn’t know what to do with myself if that happened!

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Karen     at 2:47 pm

I have a 9 year old and 3 year old, and I really struggled with whole “me time,” “I need my own identity” thing after each one was born. It’s really hard to make time for yourself. All I can say is, it gets easier. It really does.

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Heidi from BundlesofHugs     at 2:55 pm

You will without a doubt figure out how to balance it all. I had no idea how hard it was to jog or run with a stroller until I had my little guy. It’s not easy! I was so surprised by this. Good luck training for your marathon I’m sure you’ll progress between now and then.

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Courtney G.     at 3:06 pm

Well this post couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. I am in the middle of C25K for the third time this spring. I hurt my leg after my first 5K, then finished my second 5K the following year 7 mins quicker, then hurt my ankle a month later while carrying my Son down the stairs. So I am all better and starting again. Well I have been going while my Daughter is in school. So that means I put my 2 yr old Son in the Mountain Buggy and go for it. It is so hard to get in a groove while pushing a stroller. My form is not what it should be. Its frustrating. I love the goal setting and sense of accomplishment I get from running. But I think I am going to have to change my run time so my Husband can watch the kids. We plan on running our first 5K together in May. So far we have only had 1 one together. Thanks for posting this so I know I am not struggling alone. I really appreciate it.

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Ida     at 3:26 pm

Don’t know if anyone has ever mentioned Sittercity.com to you. My daughter is a Sophmore at Sacred Heart University and she and her friends work pretty regularly in the community. She has developed some really nice relationships with families. It works out well for her too because she’s away from home as well. Are there any universities or colleges nearby???? Just a thought! :)

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Nicole     at 3:39 pm

I wanted to offer help in the child care area- I am a career nanny and I am happy to answer any questions you might have about hiring someone fabulous. I know it can be daunting and suddenly you wind up with weird questions about things like what is “light housekeeping” the best way to schedule someone, trial days and so forth. Feel free to send me an email I can be of any help to you!

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Tara     at 4:38 pm

I don’t have a baby, but I do have an injury that is keeping me from running for almost two months now. I’ve never been more depressed. The elliptical and biking don’t cut it. It’s crazy how this thing that we do that other people think we’re crazy for doing is the one thing that keeps us sane.

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Zoe's mom     at 4:53 pm

Hi Emily.
I agree with Kris. My daughter is 8 months old and LOVES being in the BOB. I have the older model that has a non turning front wheel. She does not sit in the attachment. She loves the look around and see the things pass.
As far the toys go, use can use those toys that have a place for you to attach those rings that you’ll find used in the play mat. You can buy them separately.
I used my jogging stroller with my older child and ran up to 7 miles a day. I had to get used to running with one hand though. Eventually it was really comfortable even when running hills.
These days since the weather here isn’t consistently warm, I’ve been training in the gym while my lil one plays in the gym nursery. Thankfully I’m able to train for up to two hours without it being a problem.
Good luck.

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Katy     at 5:54 pm

You get used to running with the stroller, it just gets easier… and once you drop the car seat, it is a million times easier!! (with my second I waited until 10 mos to take the car seat off the stroller and wish I had taken it off closer to 8)

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Bridget     at 6:01 pm

I know I’m not going to say anything that hasn’t been said but it’s important to here it more than once. You are doing a fantastic job raising Cullen and you will only be doing better by allowing yourself time to do whatever it is that makes you feel good. As moms we tend to think about ourselves last but we aren’t doing anyone favors by neglecting our personal needs. This was hard for me to learn as a mom. One of the best benefits of giving myself time was the time my husband and son got to spend together. I never realized that I was always around so it was nice to have them develop a groove without me being there. Good luck and I hope you can make this work for you and your family.

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jen     at 6:35 pm

when i used to run with my kid in the jogging stroller with my running group i would mention that we were going up a hill and no one would believe me. then i would give them the stroller! even the littlest hill seems like a mountain.

people i used to run with sometimes would take turns with me but in general i did all the pushing.

i will say that when i was running with my stroller i was in the best running shape of my life!

i honestly find it times harder fitting in running now cause my kid is older (6). he has his own schedule we also have to include and mix with ours. i have no idea how people with more than one kid exercise at all. i also am lucky cause i work in the evenings a few nights so i can run while he is at school. if i was working 9-5 i would be spending a lot of time on the dreaded treadmill.

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Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction     at 6:56 pm

I see people run with strollers and it amazes me! It looks so difficult, and I would be paranoid about the baby the whole time. I think you have a good plan going!

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Sara     at 7:24 pm

I’m in the exact same boat. Only I’m headed back to work soon, so it’s going to get even more difficult to carve out time for running. Right now, I run after the baby goes to be (about 7pm) several days a week. It doesn’t do much for couple time, but it does work for getting a run in!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing     at 7:36 pm

I’ve always thought that running with a stroller seems so.. awkward! But if it works for some people…
I think your plan is great! You NEED some me time!

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Nadine     at 7:51 pm

Former superhero! I used to run with a double stroller, but it got too heavy, 40 pounds of stroller and over 60 pounds of twins meant that I just couldn’t do it without hurting my back! So now I’m training for the half marathon in the evening when my DH gets home.
The stroller is awkward, but I heard that the bob is great!

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Maren     at 9:40 pm

Give yourself some credit for all that resistance/strength training with the stroller! I’ve found that while I’m forced to train with the stroller, my overall pace has improved dramatically for my long weekend runs without the stroller. Since you won’t be pushing the stroller in your upcoming race, maybe it will feel like a breeze because you’ll be so free!

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Jaclyn     at 12:39 am

I’d be happy to watch Cullen for you :)

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Jaclyn     at 12:40 am

and yes, I ALWAYS wonder how people run with strollers at Greenlake… it looks SO hard – more power to you!!! I bet it will make your actual race time a lot faster than expected!

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Coco     at 2:36 am

I can only imagine how hard it is to push a stroller while running/training.. lets face it.. I can barely run without pushing one! hah. I think its great that you both check in with one another often and figure out whats working or not. Your going to kick ass in 6 weeks mama!

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kaity     at 3:46 am

your so right about the stroller, im like dieing as i do it then the people in races ahead of me with it? crazy! but goodluck, itll all workout in the end!

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Linda     at 5:50 am

My daughter used to do great in our Bob for long walks, but once she hit a year and learned how to walk she can’t stand to be in the stroller for more than 10 minutes without throwing a complete and total fit to get out. Makes any kind of long walk, job impossible. Always something new to figure out with a baby. Good luck!

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Sara     at 6:03 am

Story of my life. Right down to the no family friends (move across the country at 37 weeks) to help out. Not to mention anyone I do know, i don’t completely trust to watch my child. Jealous of the hsuband who seems to work out all the time. I odn’t enjoy jogging with the stroller for the very reasons you mentioned. I finally ran last night without the baby it felt so good and free! Can you run after you feed in the morning before your husband leaves for work? I imagine you have already considered this and its not an option otherwise you would do it. Keep trying! It will happen.

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Chase - the CHASE project     at 6:25 am

I have always loved your honesty and insight! I don’t have kids (obvs) but I agree – there has to be a way to balance maintaining the separate identities as Emily and Mom. It may not be perfect and there will be speedbumps, but Cullen will be a more well-adjusted and happy child if YOU take care of you too. :)

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Julie     at 6:32 am

Hang in there! As a mother of four I will tell you it is SO important to take time for yourself. It makes you a better mom! What worked for me is early mornings. Yes, it meant a little less sleep but a lot of time I got in a 5am breastfeeding and then instead of going back to sleep I’d put on my running stuff and go. If the baby was awake, hand him off to dad. You get it done first thing and then you can go on with your day knowing that you already got your run in. And you may be a bit tired from less sleep but it’s really only an hour of sleep you’ve lost. I also designated only certain days as run days so I still felt like I could sleep or snuggle in bed with the baby on the off days. Finally I HIGHLY recommend Run Like A Mother (the book). I’s awesome!

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Peggy     at 7:14 am

I know you said you were looking in to getting some childcare set up, but as a really easy place to start: when I was younger (14ish?) my next door neighbors had a baby. The mom was a runner, and she had me come over for an hour or so every day after school to watch the baby while she got in her run. I think it worked out great for both of us–she got in her run and could have a reliable training schedule (and didn’t have to do anything to pack up the baby, etc.) and I made a little money (ten bucks?) every day. I know finding childcare is probably really stressful, but maybe thinking about a low impact running-specific solution like that would be a place to start?

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Moey     at 7:22 am

Hang in there… as you go through this motherhood thing and as schedules change, you’ll find ways to adapt. I’ve got four kids and over the past 8 years I’ve ran after my husband got home, ran with a double stroller, ran at 5 AM, joined a gym with childcare, and have gone through long periods of time doing nothing at all while juggling my life and nursing injuries (and of course being pregnant)! The one thing I’ve learned it if you want it, you’ll find a way. Just keep trying until you find something you like and as diffucult as it is, don’t get discouraged!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!!

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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.

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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! :-)

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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.

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Emily Malone Reply:

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

http://www.dailygarnish.com/seattle

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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!

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Emily Malone Reply:

I will check out the book! Thanks! :)

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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 ;)

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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!!

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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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