After reading and posting Andy’s guest post about being a runner and a parent on Wednesday, it got my wheels turning about my running future with Adi in the fold.
So for today’s quick tip, I want to take the opportunity to build on Andy’s post and talk about what it’s been like running with a baby so far.
Keep in mind, my rugrat is still only 10 months old, so I’m still far from a master when it comes to running with a baby, but here are a few things I’ve learned if running and parenting are as non-negotiable to you as they are to me.
Tips for Running With a Baby
- Buy the Bob–I know a Bob stroller is expensive. I also know there is no way I could run with the baby in a lesser stroller. If you want to save a few bucks, start looking online, checking out Play It Again sports, contact the local running club, and have friends keep an eye out for any used Bobs that may become available. A used Bob is still going to run you a couple of hundred bucks, but that’s a small price to pay. I promise.
- Get a Good Case for Your Phone–We recently upgraded our phones to the iPhone 5s (I know, we are behind the times) and when we did, we also upgraded our cases. I opted for a Lifeproof case, since I figured it would only be a matter of time before Adi dropped the phone in the toilet or swimming pool and I wanted a waterproof case. Turns out, the good case is good for running as well. Adi loves listening to music, so I can tune in Pandora, give the phone to her in the stroller while we are running, and she can chew on it/drop it and I know my phone is safe and she’s entertained for an hour or so.
- Make Sure the Baby is Dressed Appropriately–I learned this lesson (sort of) the hard way. I didn’t think it was cool one morning, but apparently when you’re having the wind blow in your face for an hour and you’re sitting in the stroller drooling on daddy’s phone it can sort of be chilly. So now when we run pre-dawn, I err on the side of her being overdressed as opposed to underdressed and everyone wins.
That’s it for the blog post, but I am talking about a couple of other things to keep in mind when it comes to running with a baby in the podcast of today’s quick tip, so press play below to check it out!
For Those of You With More Experience Running With a Baby and/or Older Kids, What Things Am I Missing/Need to Know for the Future?