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12 Tips to Make Running With a Stroller Easier

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    Get the Best Stroller Possible

    "There's a reason everyone recommends the BOB Revolution," says Kristan Dietz. "It's the GOAT (that's 'greatest of all time') of running strollers." Bonus: It doubles as an everyday stroller, too. "Having a front wheel that locks and unlocks is key," says Lauren Conkey. "It's easy to maneuver, and it's a smooth ride. Plus, the wider tires mean it can handle bumpy dirt roads in addition to pavement." The stroller you choose should provide a comfortable experience for both you and your passenger.

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    Get a Stroller That's Ideal for Where and How You Run

    If you regularly run on dirt roads, a stroller that's smooth only on pavement may not be your best bet. Instead, opt for something slightly more rugged. "We looked for a brand that had good suspension and off-roading so we could take it on the Bridle Path in Central Park," says Abby Bales. "Our Mountain Buggy lives up to the hype in that regard."

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    Don't Start Out With Lofty Goals or Expectations

    "When you start out, set your expectations low—for your mileage, your pace, and your child's patience," says Dietz. (Just like running while pregnant, running post-baby has its own set of challenges and unexpected bumps in the road. Go easy on yourself and your passenger!)

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    Alternate Pushing With Each Hand

    "I change hands throughout the run so I don't develop any bad habits on one side of my body," says Bales. Keep one hand on the stroller and use the other to help you run. "Hold the handlebar with one hand and pump your other arm, switching it up regularly," says Ashley Fizzarotti. "Hold the stroller with both hands when you're going up and down hills for support and control."

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    Don't Overdo It

    Your 10-mile tempo run may not be the best time to take your companion along—for you or for your child. "I don't plan for more than 60 minutes door-to-door for a stroller run," says Bales. "I'm lucky to have an extremely good-natured little boy, but let's be real: No one wants to sit for longer than an hour."

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    Ditch the Watch

    "Leave your GPS watch at home—or at least don't stress about pace," says Conkey. "Run by effort instead of the time on the clock."

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    Take Turns Pushing

    "I enlist the help of friends and my husband to push my giant toddler up Central Park's Cat Hill," says Bales. "I have no shame when it comes to walking mid-run. My kid is a beast, and I don't finish every run I start when I have him with me."

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    Stop and Check In Often

    "After every mile or so, I stop for 10–30 seconds to check in with my son to make sure he's enjoying the ride," says Dietz. "It's not just about your run—it's about the child's comfort, too."

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    Make it Fun For Your Little One!

    "We usually end our runs at a nearby playground so my son can get out and run around," says Bales. "I've also invested the time in teaching my little guy some key phrases. So when we go for a run as a family, he shouts, 'Mommy's fast!' I figure if he's going to repeat everything I say, he may as well be cheering us on!"

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    Expect to Feel Sore Afterward

    "Pushing a jogging stroller is a total body workout," says Dietz. "Your arms may fatigue well before your legs!"

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    Pack Everything

    "As annoying as it may be, pack everything in case of emergency," says Dietz. "That means toys, snacks, water, diapers, and water." Avoid having too many loose toys at the child's disposal, though. "Use some sort of tether for the toys, so your kid doesn't keep throwing them out of the stroller," says Fizzarotti. (You have your favorite things—and so does your child. Plan accordingly.)

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    Be Flexible

    "You are no longer in control of your run," says Conkey. "Sometimes, your little running buddy will be content to sit there for an hour. Other times, they've had it after 15 minutes, and no amount of bribery or distraction can convince them otherwise. Learn to accept the frustrating runs and appreciate the great ones. Isn't that what running is all about anyway?"