I mentioned to my husband that I cannot wait for stroller free days— we will have so much more space! However, as I was running this morning before story time at the library- extremely hot, sweaty hands slipping from the handlebar, and my youngest singing the lyrics to her favorite Disney tunes at the top of her lungs- I realized that I would miss the jogging stroller and stroller running days.
I have been running with a jogging stroller for over 10 years-- beginning with a single stroller pushing my first born through strong windy weather in Montana; transitioning to a double stroller when my son was born; adding a bike rider to the mix when my youngest came along and experiencing the need to run at turbo speed with a double stroller in order to keep up with a quick kiddo on wheels; thankfully moving back to a single stroller with 2 kids on bikes; now here I am with my last stroller rider who will be heading off to school in a month.
The jogging stroller has helped keep my love for running alive throughout each stage of parenthood. Ten years, a quarter of my life, running with a jogging stroller. The stroller and my kiddos have been my steadfast companions throughout the past decade. It has been an instrument that set me on an incredible path in discovering the Stroller Warriors community. There are many aspects of running with a stroller that I will miss….I will miss the storage for my water bottle and cellphone, I will miss having the space for my Bluetooth speaker, but most of all, I will miss the company it keeps.