Recently, I’ve been reflecting on my running journey over the past 11.5 years—from the time I had my first child up until now. Last year, I found myself wondering how many more years I would have left pushing a mini warrior in my Bob Stroller. I was hoping to have at least two more summers, but last week, my youngest took off on bike at a Stroller Warriors workout. I soon realized that my time pushing the Bob Stroller concluded—she would no longer want to be pushed in the stroller while I ran and from here on out would want to keep up biking with her older siblings.
My husband mentioned that it’s now time to take the Bob stroller out of the trunk and pass it to a future parent runner. I quickly responded that I couldn’t let it go and needed a bit more time to part ways with a stroller that had logged so many miles— the tattered handlebar console is stained with spilled juice and milk, treasures can still be found in the zippered pocket, and the basket at the bottom has a tear from the weight of the stored scooters.
I started out with a single Bob stroller with a fixed wheel—a stroller that was gifted to me from cousin who knew I would want to run with my child. I quickly learned through running in the windy Montana weather that a fixed wheel is difficult to maneuver in the wind, so I found a Bob with a swivel wheel that allowed for smoother handling in the wind (this also being easier on my wrists)! I upgraded my single to a double once my son was born while stationed in Germany, and I passed my single onto to a dear friend. However, after about 2 years, the weight of the double became unbalanced as I pushed one child while my oldest was in school. As such, I quickly found a Bob single and kept the double stored in the garage for the future! One year later, after a move and having another child, I was back to double stroller running and chasing my oldest as she swiftly scootered down the Mount Vernon trail during Stroller Warriors!
I sat at this sweet spot of double stroller running with one child biking for quite some time, and then 2020 happened. With school out of session for an extended period of time, my son was motivated to ride his bike and chase his sister— he took off at lightning speed! I went back and forth from running with my youngest in the double (using a pink cat stuffed animal to keep her company), and over time, switched back to the single for almost 3 years.
I remember the last run with my daughter in the single— we ran around the neighborhood on a hot morning and she belted out the lyrics to her favorite Disney tunes, asking me a question every once in a while. My stroller days are over, but I am happy that my last run with a stroller was peaceful and filled with song. Although my daughter doesn’t want to sit and be pushed, I’m happy that she wants to ride alongside me still while biking!
Happy Running 😊