Running While Pushing — Stroller Runs!

You might remember that while I was pregnant, I wanted to continue running for as long as I could, even completing a half marathon around 7 months pregnant. Shortly thereafter I stopped doing long training runs and just did short one milers interspersed with some weight training while doing CrossFit. Then it just became too uncomfortable to run very far (read: away from a toilet) and I knew it was time to slow it down and just walk.

Now that Baby A&W is 6 months old, I’ve been getting back into running and increasing my distance. I’ve been running again for a while now, I started back in April, but the distances weren’t too great, and the runs were irregular. I had to go only when M was home and could watch the baby, or when I got my jogging stroller, we could go for short runs while I pushed. (Let me tell you, pushing a baby, in her carseat in the jogging stroller, up and over the hills in my old neighborhood sucked, especially being out of shape!)

First stroller runs were rough, with the addition of the carseat (since A was too small to sit in the big kids seat) and just getting back into running after giving birth.

First stroller runs were rough, with the addition of the carseat (since A was too small to sit in the big kids seat) and just getting back into running after giving birth.

Now that life is a little different, I’m able to get out and run more, but mostly the same strip over and over. One of the disadvantages to living in the country is there’s not much to spice up the run like when I lived in Lexington–there were all kinds of different routes I could take from my house, and I could meet up with running buddies or my running group. Now I’m missing my running group, and my running buddies, who kept me motivated and kept me running regularly. However, I am making sure I get at least one run in a week, though I know it needs to be more.

I quickly learned that running with a stroller is a lot different than running on your own. You’ve already got a built-in head wind/resistance thing going for you. And you’re not necessarily the one who calls the shots as to how long your runs get to be–if baby’s unhappy, that run better be fast and short. Luckily, Baby A&W has been pretty good about the runs. Sometimes she gets a little too warm (no shade along the road doesn’t help), but she’s pretty good.

We’ve slowly worked our way up to running 4 miles with the stroller, which is great! I try to run with the stroller one day, then if I can talk someone into watching A for about an hour, I’ll sneak in a run by myself. Those runs are when I test my pace and I test my distance–I should be able to run a little further without the stroller than I do with the stroller because it should be easier, right?

Aubrey and I are getting ready to run in our first 5K together–it’ll be my first race since I finished the Iron Horse Half Marathon back in October, and it’ll be my first race pushing a stroller! We’re running in the Colts Kickoff 5K in downtown Indianapolis, where we’ll start the race outside Lucas Oil Stadium, and then finish at the 50 yard line of the field! I’m excited for the race, but a little nervous as to how things will go with a big crowd and me pushing the stroller. Plus, how will A act?

Don’t worry, I plan to chronicle our race and show you what I did to prepare not only myself, but baby, for the 5K. My goals for the race are to try to run the whole 5K without walking (or, rather, needing to walk, as I’m sure the crowd might force me to walk) and to not run into anyone with the stroller (the dogs will tell you that sometimes I don’t see what’s going on directly in front of the stroller sometimes).

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Dear Aubrey-6 Months!

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Dear Aubrey,

We’ve made it to half a year! It’s amazing to think that you’re already 6 months (26 weeks) old! When I look at photos of you your first week and then look at you now, I can’t believe that you’re the same baby girl.

"Mom, I am NOT a kettlebell!"

“Mom, I am NOT a kettlebell!”

Your 6 Months Stats:
Length: 27.25″ (93rd percentile)
Weight: 16 lbs 4 oz (52nd percentile)
Head circumference: 42.5 cm (58th percentile)

You’re growing so much in so many different ways every day. You’ve really started watch and appreciate the animals. You’ll reach out to LaMesa for pets and then giggle when she starts to lick your hands and toes. When she and Dally start to play, you watch the excitement and have even started really laughing at them. You like to reach for the cats, too. We’ll have to keep an eye on you, as you’re grabbing and pulling a little on their fur, and while our puppies and kitties have been pretty good about it, you never want to test them.

You love to eat! We’ve been feeding you for about a month now, now eating three times a day, like your momma. We’ve been doing oatmeal with prunes in the morning, then something for lunch and dinner. For the most part, mommy’s been making your food, trying to keep some things chunky to help you start to learn to chew already. Grammie even made you homemade applesauce, which you liked better than the Gerber apples.

Foods you love: sweet potatoes, peas, butternut squash, pears, peaches, prunes, applesauce

Foods you don’t love: beets, green beans (but if I mix them with the food you love, you’ll eat them right up), plain oatmeal

FirstFoods

I really want to do baby-led weaning, which allows you to pick up small chunks of food yourself and feed yourself, but we don’t have a high chair at the moment. I’m looking forward to discussion things with your pediatrician at your 6-month appointment later this week to make sure I’m doing everything alright.

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We finished Water Babies at Stony Creek Swim Center last week. It was sad to find out that that was your last class, but you’re now moved up to Little Swimmers 1 and we’ll hopefully be starting that class soon. You just love swimming. Even on your worst days (total grouch face), you totally change when we get to the pool and you smile and laugh the entire time. We had started dunking you under water, and learning to push off the wall, and you’ve been doing great. You also loved when you floated in the shark floaties for more tummy time.

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We took you to your first county fair, where you got to meet cows, goats, rabbits, sheep, and pigs for the first time. You weren’t sure what to think about the pigs and the cows, but  you were a trooper in the heat. We’ve also gone to the farmers’ market a couple of times, and you just hang out the whole time.

CountyFair

The past week or so, you’ve really started teething, even to the point of waking up screaming sometimes. It breaks your momma’s heart to see you hurting like that, but you’ve been as good as can be about it all. We got you some more teething toys, like your “Chew-Dog” and Chew Beads for your pacifier and you really like those. Teething is not fun!

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Loving our “Chew-Dog”

Daddy’s been gone a lot lately, but when he’s home he pours so much love over you! And so does momma. I’ve enjoyed these couple of months of being a stay-at-home-working-mom because I’ve gotten to see you grow and change so much. You’re sitting up on your own now, and while you haven’t rolled over much, I’m realizing that’s OK–you’re still pretty strong and loving life.

I can’t believe we’re on the downward slope to your 1 year. Can time slow down a little?

Love you, baby girl!

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