What do you wish you knew before you started stroller running?

Thank you for joining us for last night’s #motherrunnerchat! I had so much fun learning more about your experiences as stroller runners (and I was so honored to join the chat with the other fantastic mother runners. Thank for having me, @tesschupinksy!). During last night’s chat, we shared some fantastic advice, tips, and tricks which can really help mamas maximize their stroller running experiences (thank you to all of you who joined the conversation!). If you missed my question from the chat, here it is: What do you wish you knew before you started stroller running?

I wanted to take some time to really elaborate on my answer to this question. No surprise, I’m feeling extra nostalgic this week. Drumroll please…this week, I am celebrating my 1 year runniversary! A year ago, I made the journey into stroller running, after a lifetime of never running. I wish I knew how much I’d love stroller running. I wish I knew that it would bring me closer to my kids, and that it would improve my mental and emotional health. I wish I knew that stroller running would be the BEST workout for me, a newly postpartum mom, with barely any free time for fitness. I wish I knew that thanks to stroller running, I would make some of the greatest friends a girl could ask for.

Stroller running has given me so much. As I look back on the past year, I am amazed at how far I’ve come as an athlete and mom. I’m also amazed at how fast time has passed. My newborn is now a toddler. My toddler now looks like a 5-year-old – and he will soon outgrow the stroller completely. Our stroller running moments are fleeting, so I’m taking full advantage of each mile.

Stroller running isn’t easy. But, my friends, it is worth it! If you are considering starting your stroller running journey, take a look back at the posts from yesterday’s #motherrunnerchat. You have a community of running mamas ready to support you and help you get started. I speak for all of us when I say this: You can do this, mama! Don’t be afraid to make the jump into stroller running. You’ll thank yourself later – and so will your kiddos.