Running Behind a Stroller
The weather is (hopefully) getting warmer, and many parents of young kids will find themselves behind the handles of a jogging stroller. We know that the stroller is going to alter our normal gait at least a bit already, but here are two things to keep in mind that will facilitate an easy transition to running while pushing 35-40 pounds of child and stroller in front of you.
The first thing I would urge one to consider is to try to maintain an active arm swing when running behind a stroller. Since we generally need two hands to steer, engaging your arms must be strategically done. When choosing a route with your child and stroller, pick one that has more straightaway than curvy path or sidewalk. When it is safe, try pushing with one hand and allow your opposite arm to swing as it would normally. Swing for 15-20 strides then switch hands. Your spine will appreciate the time to rotate, and things will feel a bit more “normal.”
Additionally, I would urge the person behind a jogging stroller to maintain a stride that functions like a piston: up and down. The stroller will be right in front of your foot, so you shouldn’t feel the urge to reach out for your next stride as you run. As we’ve said before in our Running Form Workshops, stride UP and not out. Keep your foot action vertical and enjoy the bit of support that the jogging stroller will inevitably lend you.