Upon becoming a new mum, one of the aspects I found the most challenging was losing my freedom to do what I wanted, when it suited me. I found myself torn between frustration and pure guilt in wanting to be doing the hobby I love most, running. Being entirely reliant on my partner or a family member to babysit at times felt claustrophobic. There would be sunny days where I wanted to move faster than a walk, or times when I was itching to break a sweat; so when my son turned 6 months and we could embrace the new world of buggy running, I was ecstatic.
We live in Cornwall in the UK, in a village with no pavements and only bumpy roads so I knew I needed a capable and robust buggy – enter the terrain™! The terrain™ has big wheels to make potholes much less of an issue, giving baby a smooth ride and parents a bit more peace of mind. Adjustable handles I find particularly useful on longer buggy runs to adjust the angle I push at, helping my poor wrists that have much less power than my well-seasoned running legs.
I often time my buggy runs when there is opportunity to nap, and often within 5-10 minutes my son is fast asleep, so I have appreciated how easily the buggy seat reclines. A comfy baby is definitely happier to sleep for longer! For those occasions where naps aren’t happening though, the terrain™ is awash with pockets primed to carry snacks, toys and even two drinks holders (one for each pilot).
Now we are over a year into our buggy running adventure, I thought I’d share some tips on making a successful buggy run:
1. I’ve learned that the timings have to be right.He needs to have expended enough energy to happily settle, or our run would ideally coincide with nap time. The nap time runs are the most blissful. I can usually tire him out enough that by 11am we could enjoy a wonderful 90mins of running (*ahem* and walking up hills), even returning with enough time to recover a little in peace.
2. Be prepared with snacks and drinks.
This goes for both parent and baby. For baby, take an array of snacks that are easy to eat and ideally last longer than 30 seconds with no choke-risk in a moving buggy. The terrain™ has the capacity to carry all sorts things and with two drinks holders you can carry a sippy cup and a drinks bottle for you. I didn’t appreciate to begin with just how hard it is pushing a buggy and running, especially living somewhere with no flat parts and I quickly learned that a drink is NEEDED.
3. Take a walk or stand still breaks.
It’s hard work pushing a buggy and there is zero shame in as many breaks as you need. I do find that any time I stop, if my son is sleeping, the buggy cannot stop, so keep it moving back and forth if you want peace!
I can run with peace of mind that my son was protected in both the heat and the rain. I use them nearly every time I run with him and as a bonus, they also provide extra ability to catch the toys and snacks that are launched from the moving buggy.
4. Having the sunshade and the waterproof covers for the terrain™ are essential.
There have been a few times I’ve chosen an overly ambitious route and regretted it. The terrain™ can handle some pretty rough trails but potholes are just hard to handle and not the best ride for a little one.
5. Choose your route carefully.
6. Make friends with buggies too.
It makes the miles easier, gives babies company when they are aware enough to appreciate another little human, and means you can get some adult conversation in what are often child-led days.
To sum it up, I can’t explain how much I enjoy running with my little boy and sharing this journey together. As he grows older, the journey changes and he becomes more like my co-pilot. He even climbs in and tells me it’s time to go running! We have been on so many adventures together: getting caught in the rain, running through the woods, along the coast path, in the blazing summer sun and joining in on some tough parkruns.
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