Now that Wyatt has been sleeping better for 2 weeks (!), I hoped to get into a regular morning workout routine.
But his schedule is still pretty unpredictable. He wakes up somewhere between 6- 8am, which makes it tough to run first thing in the morning. I could pump and have Jeff feed him, but I'm honestly just too lazy. Since I'm a germophobe and it's flu season, I'm not ready to leave Wyatt in the gym childcare. So, I've started running with our jogging stroller, the BOB Revolution SE.
I'll admit, I never thought I'd be one of those moms who enjoyed running with the stroller. Running has always been my "me" time, and I assumed running with the baby would take away from that. Selfish, but true. I didn't even want a jogging stroller at first. Jeff wanted one so I thought why not? Isn't running with a stroller what all the hardcore running moms are supposed to do?
Here's what I've learned from using the jogging stroller so far (it's only been 3, short runs):
- Running while pushing a heavy object is tough. Who would have thought, right? My hamstrings burned within the first minute. At 0.25mi in, I thought I had already run 1 mile. I had to stop running when I was a half mile away from my house because my biceps, inner thighs, and lungs literally could not handle another step of running. I was sore for the first time from running in I have no idea how long.
- Running without using my arms is weird. Whenever I get fatigued during a run, my high school track coach's voice pops into my head telling me to use my arms. I never realized how helpful those arms were until I couldn't move them while running. Whew.
- Running with a stroller is humbling. I'm one of those runners who sprints up hills because I want the hills to be over with more quickly. But with the stroller, I have to walk uphill. I see this as a new challenge: the day I can run up all the hills in my neighborhood with the stroller will be so rewarding. It also redefines what a good workout is to me. My 2.25mi at 9:02 pace with the stroller was way more challenging than the 5mi I ran without the stroller at an 8:13 pace.
- Running with Wyatt is fun. Even though I love my solo runs, I can't help but miss Wyatt and wonder what he's doing whenever I'm away from him. I really enjoyed running with him while pregnant, and I'm enjoying running with him outside of utero even more. As soon as I run, he passes out. When I stop to walk, his eyes pop open. Way to keep mom motivated, baby.
The verdict? I like running with the stroller way more than I thought I would. It's a great workout and I enjoy spending time with my little coach. On that note, I'm off to run!