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It Can Be Done: 7 Tips for Distance Running with a Stroller

7 Stroller Strategies When Training for a Race


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Plan playground time wisely when you’re running with your stroller! Credit: gemsling

5. Snacks! Save snack time for the stroller. A toddler’s version of the slow food movement is key. Fill up a cake ice cream cone with raisins and Goldfish, or GORP. After she is done eating bit by tiny bit, she’ll be able to chomp the cone. Licorice offers another good way to pass the time: Challenge your 4-year-old to practice tying a knot or pretending to lasso an imaginary horse.

6. Entertainment! Just like the Happy Meal run attests, we condone doing what it takes to get it done. Some moms keep special toys allotted just for the stroller, so the child thinks being strapped in has its benefits. Others pull out their iPhones with kid-friendly apps and let their munchkins get all techy. Singing, playing I Spy, counting dogs, and looking at books are other ways to pass the miles.

7. Break smart. If you have a playground-break planned, stop after at least two-thirds of your run is complete. That way, if they moan and groan on the way home, you’re almost there—and you’re assured of getting in most, if not all, of your workout.

Are those not the greatest tips? If you have a running bone in your body, do yourself a favor and grab  their book. Love.

What has worked for you and your kids during stroller excursions? —Erin 

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