Tonight was a first for me! I ran while pushing a baby stroller and not just any stroller but one of those nifty jogging strollers. They remind me of the moms I used to see running with them along the streets and boardwalk of the Jersey shore. As a teenager I would think how amazing these moms were and what motivation they have to get out there and move with baby in tow. I admired them and secretly could not wait till the day when I could be a fit and hip momma taking my kid our for a spin.
Since I don’t yet have kids of my own, instead I can live this “dream” vicariously through friends who do. So tonight after work I met up with my 5K buddy (see post from 6/4) in the city to jog the Haine’s Point loop.
She started out pushing the happy baby girl and about a half mile in or so asked if I wanted to take over stroller pushing duties. I gladly obliged. What seemed easy at first–happy baby who does not weigh too much at 11 months and a flat terrain–started to be a bit tougher towards the end. At first holding the stroller seemed like a welcome crutch as it was something to lean on a bit. However, towards the end my arms got a little tired. I realized that not being able to move them back and forth kept me from propelling my body forward as well. I also sensed my body starting to hunch forward. Yet, the baby was happy with her crackers and looking back at us a lot of the time (too much to see with bikers also whizzing by us). At one point one of my coworkers ran by us. As I heard her call my name I couldn’t help but chuckle at her thoughts in wondering when I had time to bring a baby into the world!
All was well until the last leg of our little outing when the baby got fussy (were we running too slow?) Soon enough we were finished, the baby stopped crying and I had a lot of fun catching up with my friend and testing my hand at being runner mom for an evening. Hopefully, my friend appreciated the chance to run unencumbered. In the meantime, I will learn to better appreciate my workouts running stroller free.