The first time someone told me about Stroller Warriors I responded with, “I don’t run with a stroller.” At that time, I was running my way through a deployment. It was 2010 and I was pretty new to running. My kiddos were 2, 4, and 6. I had a double stroller and a single stroller but I rarely used them for running.
Fast forward to summer of 2011. A friend who had started running with Stroller Warriors Camp Lejeune encouraged me to join the face book page. I attended my first workout that September while two of my kids were at elementary school and one was at preschool. That day I became a Stroller Warrior, strollerless , but a warrior all the same.
As a strollerless warrior, I’ve met goals I’d never imagined, with an amazing team of fellow military spouses supporting me! And, my kids, older now (8, 9, and 12) have also achieved some of their own goals, including participating in the Stroller Warriors mini miles program, several kids triathlons and a few kids sprints and 5ks as mini warriors. Even though I didn’t run with them in a stroller very much (and the few times I did they never seemed to think I went fast enough) they have benefited from Stroller Warriors in their own ways. They are included in the village, just as I was at that very first workout and are learning how to live a fun and active lifestyle…stroller or not.