We don’t need an alarm clock in our house. Come 6am, the shouts of ‘MUMMY, DADDY” from our 21-month-old tell us it’s time to get up. Shortly after that it’s time for breakfast, and our three-month-old needs feeding and settling for her first nap. Then there’s some kind of morning activity before an early lunch and a mid-day nap (for everyone apart from me, who uses this time to prep the dinner / clean the house / shower etc. etc). The afternoon is spent kicking balls, reading flash cards, making play dough and then it’s time for dinner, bath and bed. Seven pm rolls around, the kids are asleep, and quite frankly Mummy wants her wine. So when, exactly, and more importantly how, do you fit running into a schedule like this?
The easiest time for me to run is, of course, the evenings and weekend. And by easiest, I mean the only time I can go out for a run on my own. My newborn still needs feeding every three hours or so, but if my husband’s home and the baby’s been fed, then running I can go. Should any full-time mum want to go running during daylight hours, however, they will need to take the kids. And I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t get very far if I expected our toddler to run alongside me.
Running buggies are, therefore, the way forwards if you want to do any serious training whilst in charge of your children. Before you go ahead and buy one, however, bear in mind most running strollers are designed for children aged 6 months plus, and that running with a buggy is different to your usual style – there will be added pressure on your arms from pushing the pram along. You’ll also want to check your chosen stroller fits in your vehicle, as they’re larger than your standard buggy – having somewhere to store it and a means of transporting it are a must.
When it comes to selecting the best running buggy, you’ll want to choose one with a 5-point harness to keep your child secure whilst moving at higher speeds. A hand operated break will ensure your and your child’s safety, and 16-inch wheels will ensure a more comfortable ride for you both. The front wheel should also be fixed, or at least have the option to, and you’ll need a wrist loop on the handlebars so you can run hands free. Having said all that, here are five of the best available in Australia today.
1. Bugaboo Runner
Featuring a three-wheeled frame, the Bugaboo Runner has a speed control hand and foot brake, and a very generous under-seat basket. The adaptable design allows you to have the seat forward- or rearward-facing.
2. Baby Jogger Summit X3
The Summit X3 is a hybrid buggy that has versatility as an everyday and running buggy. Its hand operated break and full suspension as well as the unique fold make this a great option for those looking for a single buggy.
3. BOB Ironman Stroller
As the official stroller of the Ironman Triathlon this buggy comes highly recommended. The combination of adjustable suspension and ultra-padded reclining seat make for a comfortable ride for any child.
4. Mountain Buggy Terrain Jogging Buggy
Known for their hard-wearing designs, Mountain Buggy now offer a jogging buggy. Equipped with a set of 16- and 12-inch wheels, you can take the Terrain from tarmac to trail, and the shock absorbing suspension promises and comfortable ride.
5. Phil & Teds Sub 4 Running Stroller
Engineered exclusively for running, the Phil & Teds Sub 4 Running Stroller promises both speed and comfort, with full suspension and masisve 20 inch rear wheels.
Lizzy Fowler | Wednesday July 22, 2015
Originally from the UK, journalist and writer Lizzy Fowler relocated to Australia with her husband in 2008. Before becoming a Mum in 2013, Lizzy was the associate editor at leading lifestyle magazine MiNDFOOD, and was the founding editor of Sydney’s Live East magazine and babyandtoddlermagazine.com. Now a mum to two young girls, Lizzy balances working-from-home with the full time care of her children.