Yesterday morning the stars finally aligned for a run with the jogging stroller. Kai was fed, I was fed, Duke had been to the bathroom, the temperature was warm enough, I did not have meetings for several hours, and one of my two (that fit) sport bras was actually clean and dry.
It was my first time ever running with a jogging stroller and I must say that it was hard work! At this point pushing it on relatively flat [Hello! I live in Indiana!] ground is not too big of a deal, but the inability to pump my arms normally while I ran really did me in. I never would have guessed that it would make such a big difference.
Kai, Bob (the stroller), and I did a total of three miles on an out and back course. The return leg was much easier for me, in part because it is an ever so slight downgrade, and in part because I finally became bold enough to swing one arm and push with one arm on the straightaways. [Of which there were many. Thank you flat Indiana!]
I completed my run with an average pace of 9:42/mile. Kai and Bob beat me by a nose. At the end it felt like a huge accomplishment, I had basically moved a mountain. In retrospect, I’m not sure what pace differential I should expect with a stroller. Like was that the equivalent of speed work? Was it a lazy stroll? I’m guessing that the answer to this lies largely in the terrain that I covered.
Maybe the stars will align again today and we can go for another spin this afternoon!