jogging stroller pdr

My Saturday mornings usually go something like this:  wake up; get MacKenna up, changed, dressed, and fed; go out to the living room and play with MacKenna; wait until MacKenna gets sleepy and put her down for a nap; once M is down for good, go out and run.  (Note:  I like to let Matt sleep in as much as possible on Saturday because he needs much more sleep than I do, and I love him and it’s just one little thing I can do for him.)

However, now that MacKenna’s a little bit older (because 5 months constitutes old), she doesn’t go down for her morning nap until 9 AM-ish, which is a little too late for me to go get a long run in.  In addition to the late nap, Matt had somewhere to be this past Saturday morning and I had a bridal shower to go to later in the day, so I had to get my run in as early as possible.  Which meant I either woke Matt up early Saturday morning (which I didn’t want to do) or do my 10 miler pushing MacKenna in the stroller (which I also really didn’t want to do).

I went for a nice power walk with my friend Elena on Friday afternoon.  Elena is pushing a woman in a wheelchair (for Team Living Water) for the half marathon in 2 (!) weeks.  I asked her how often they switch off pushing the wheelchair.  And she told me frankly, they don’t.  She pushes the wheelchair the. whole. time.  Can we just say, stud?!  After she told me that she was pushing a grown woman in a wheelchair 13.1 miles (this is at least the 2nd time she is doing this also), I knew I was strong enough to push MacKenna 10 miles in the jogging stroller.

On Saturday morning, we went through our normal Saturday morning routine, except instead of going to play in the living room, I strapped MacKenna into the stroller and we headed out for a 10 mile run.


Honestly, it wasn’t nearly as terrible as I was expecting.  Yes, it was hard, don’t get me wrong, but not nearly as awful as it could have been.  I’m still not graceful at the whole jogging stroller thing.  I go between running with both hands on the stroller to pushing with just my right hand because my left shoulder starts to hurt.  I just can’t seem to find what works for me, but 10 miles helped me figure it out a little more at least! 😉

I had originally thought about doing 5 miles and stopping at home to grab a quick drink, and if I needed to, drop MacKenna off at home and then finish my run without her.  But, I was determined.  I knew that I was strong enough to do 10 miles pushing the stroller.

I settled into a nice 9-minute mile pace that I was able to keep throughout the entire run.  It’s a little slower than the pace I normally push her at, but it was “comfortable” – or as comfortable as you can be pushing a stroller.  I did an out and back route, attempting to avoid any major intersections, which is difficult where I live.  The going out part was the hardest by far.  Just trying to get to the turnaround point was killing me mentally.  I was just ready to turn around the whole time, and when I finally got there, it was a relief to finally head back.  And once I get to those last 2 miles, I knew I could totally finish strong.  Those last 2 miles are the ones I run almost every single day.  I know them better than any other route, and they’re by far the easiest 2 miles of any run that I do.

Running with a jogging stroller is hard, no matter what distance you do, but dang.  Running 10 miles pushing the stroller felt like I had just finished a 20 mile long run.  My body ached all over.  My calves were tight, my shoulder were sore, and my stomach was killing me from dehydration and hunger.  But, I did it.  10 miles pushing the jogging stroller – my new jogging stroller PDR.

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So, how did MacKenna do on her first 10 mile run?  She did amazing!  She was wide awake until about 1 mile  in and then took a nice little nap until the turn around point.  The last 5 miles she spent looking around, staring at Mommy, and cooing.  She was such a good girl (not that I’m surprised) and I can’t wait to take her out again on another long run next weekend!

Other Stuff

Since we’re talking about running, there is only 2 more weeks until the GO! St. Louis Half Marathon!  That means only a few more weeks to help me support Girls on the Run St. Louis by donating at my SoleMates page!  Even just a few dollars helps!

Also, Maddie will be in town running the race and we are planning a meet up after the race.  If you are interested in attending – whether you’re running or not – email me at klvanhorn [at] gmail [dot] com.  I’m still working out details as to where we are going (food of some sort will be involved) and what time after the race.  If you have any suggestions as to when, where, etc., please let me know!  Again, if you’re in St. Louis, you are more than welcome to come!

I was also wondering if there were any moms in St. Louis who might happen to be interested in doing a stroller bootcamp this summer?  We would meet 2 or 3 mornings a week at various parks/trails around the area for 6-8 weeks this summer.  I promise it would be extremely affordable and you would definitely get a great workout out of it.  Anyone interested?!

  • Running with a jogging stroller is tough, especially as they get older (heavier). I recently read a blog post from a marathon mama who took her 5 year old on a 20 mile run in the jogging stroller. Wowser! I’m running the half here in STL and I’m running with Team Living Water! Maybe I’ll see you there!
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    • Kristen

      OMG, isn’t Dorothy (Mile Posts) amazing?! She was the other person I was thinking of when I decided to push MacKenna 10 miles. I figured if she could do 20 without stopping with a 5 year old, I could go 10. 😉 Yay for GO! St. Louis! Are you interested in the meetup afterward?

      • She is one of my running inspirations!! When/Where is the meet up? My cousin is in town for the race and I’m not sure what her schedule is, but I’ll try to make it work!
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  • Awesome job! Are you running with her in the carseat too? Or directly in the running stroller? What kind do you have?
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    • Kristen

      She’s still in the carseat – I’m being extra cautious and waiting to transition until she is able to sit up on her own. I have a Baby Trend Expedition ELX that came with the carseat. I really like it a lot!

  • Wow! 10 miles with a jogging stroller is impressive! I wonder if and how that might translate into mileage. You know, kinda like how trail running is slower, but equivalent to more mileage than a road run. Either way, 10 miles is awesome. Your next 10 will feel like a piece of cake. Nicely done!

    • Kristen

      Thanks! Well, it certainly felt like I ran 20 miles with how much my body ached afterward!

  • Nice work!! It’s always a little intimidating to try something the first time but as you do it more and more it gets much easier. With my first I remember how tough it was pushing the stroller with my son in it but because I worked full time I usually wanted him with me every second I was home and if he was awake I was taking him with me. Now I have three boys and push all three of them in the stroller. It’s hard but like anything you adjust to it and it’s better than the alternative of no run:).

    Also, your daughter is adorable!! I absolutely love how you dress her, those outfits are just the cutest. Are you still on spring break this week? Mine started today, love that about teaching (and the extra time with my boys is fabulous too)! Take care.

    • Kristen

      Yeah, I knew I had to get that first long run out of the way, and now it’ll be a piece of cake, right?! 😉 Nope, went back to school this week. Only 8 weeks left until summer break, but with no days off between now and then.

  • Nicole

    What kind of jogger do you have? Do you like it? You are very motivating, I have run with my little one yet but I hope to start soon. Thanks!

    • Kristen

      I have a Baby Trend Expedition ELX with the carseat attachment. I really like it a lot! It’s easy to push and rides smooth. And it’s not outrageously expensive.

  • i’m so impressed! you’re such a rock star!

    • Kristen

      Thanks! Now, when are we going for a run together with the jogging stroller?! 😉

  • jill

    nice work girl! very impressive! I started running my 11week old in our running stroller three weeks ago and have only gotten up to 6miles…it’s soooo hard! hoping this gives me a little extra arm workout as, i’m definitely not as disiciplined as you are with the lifting! Love reading about your journey- keeps me inspired and motivated to get back to my former racing pace an body!

    • jill

      *and body

  • Whew!!!! You are a rockstar! What a great run! I really need to get Chet in the stroller on a few of my runs one of these days.
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  • Irina

    Love you blog 🙂 Congratulations on the 10 mile run! I am so envious – I did not invest in the jogging stroller, opting instead for the travel system with the stroller/car seat/bassinette, so no running for me yet. Good luck with the half 🙂

    I have a non-jogging question: where did you get the pacifier “attachment” in your little girl’s jogging stroller picture? I have been looking for something like this for my daughter and it just looks perfect. Thank you!


    • Kristen

      Thanks! I love that pacifier attachment – I get so many compliments on it too! My mom got it at Cotton Babies in St. Louis, but you might be able to order it online at their store. We have 2 other pacifier thingies but they’re for the NUK pacifiers that M hates, so that one is perfect! Plus, it’s easy for her to hold on to also.

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  • Rachel

    What did you use to track your miles?

    • Kristen

      I use an app on my iPhone called RunKeeper Pro. I think it’s about $5 but they regularly have discounts and free weeks/weekends! I love it, although it eats up a ton of my battery!

  • Hi! Just saw this post as I was googling “running with a jogging stroller is hard!” Glad to know that I’m not the only one whose left arm gets all tired and achy too. I am a jogging stroller newbie, as I just started putting my 7-month old baby boy into the BOB two weeks ago. I love it, except I can’t get the darn stroller to stop veering right . . . . anyway. Love this post and love that you support GOTR. I used to be a coach for one of the San Francisco locations. Happy running!

    • Kristen

      It gets easier as you go. Even a year and a half later, I still don’t feel like I’m great at it, and dread those runs, but it has gotten much easier. Unfortunately, as she keeps getting bigger it’s going to get harder! 🙂