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The 5k this morning went great! More on that tomorrow with an official 5k race report and a bajillion pictures! :)
Today’s  gift is so not the gift for me, but for those who are running with their kids. I went to a one year old’s birthday party yesterday so I’m converting all my baby feelings from that into this post. :) No kids here, but I know that running with a child can be fun. I actually ran with a jogging stroller when I was a nanny, and I did enjoy it. Though picking out a jogging stroller is totally up to personal preference, and I would have never guessed there were so many choices, I’m going to set you all up with some links to find the best stroller for your preferences.
There are so many things to look into when finding a stroller to fit your needs. Here’s a small list that you need to consider. Who would have ever thought!
Car Seat Compatible: These strollers have an optional accessory that makes them car seat compatible. None of the Jogging Strollers actually accept a car seat that just sits on top like a Travel System
Shocks: Shocks are not a necessity, as these strollers all absorb shock very well. However, they’re becoming a common feature for many of the newer models.
Adjustable Handlebar: Many Jogging Stroller brands have stayed away from adjustable handlebars, as there’s been issues in the past with sticking, breaking, returns, recalls, etc. They are a popular feature, however, and can prove very useful for couples who are of dramatically different heights.
Flat Recline: In the early years of Jogging Strollers flat recline was a big no-no. Almost all strollers today recline to some degree, but few fold flat. The option of a full recline is available on many models, but it should never be used while you’re running.
Bike Trailers: Believe it or not, some Bike Trailers do convert quite easily to high quality Jogging Strollers with a fixed wheel. Some have swivel wheel options, too. What’s more, they’re not all as big and bulky as you might think. There’s many varieties, some of which can be fitted with hiking or skiing harnesses as well.
Jogging Stroller – Really great information and easy to click through menu that allows you to choose what kind of stroller you need based on what you are going to use it for. Also many reader reviews and options of strollers.
List of Top Running Strollers – Just a top ten list of top jogging strollers and their features. – Easy to use and a ton of selection, even if you are looking for a regular stroller.
StrollerReviews – Tons of reviews about tons of different kinds of strollers.
Okay I’m all babied out!
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  • Reply Allie

    I am glad to hear your 5k went well! I can’t imagine running with a baby, but the first race I ever entered, a man jogging with his child beat me…:( Oh, well. Chalk it up to my first race, the fact I am 5’3″ and he was over 6 feet!

    December 7, 2008 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply ~Mrs. Guru~

    Glad to know your race went. well. Look forward to seeing all the pictures!!

    December 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Julianne

    Yay for your 5k!! I saw a girl in one of those knee-high socks in my marathon today and I thought of you! She was very stylish, of course!

    And thanks for all the baby gear tips! I’ll have to look into some of these strollers for my sister! She’s due early next year!

    December 7, 2008 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Ms. Florida Transplant

    Glad to hear it went well! I just ran my first one a couple of weeks ago. So much fun!

    December 7, 2008 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply ECrunnergirl

    GOOD JOB! Yah!! Looking forward to the report and pictures!!!

    December 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply N.D.

    Fun – thanks!!!! I put the ironman (BOB) on my list of things to get with a carseat. Can’t wait to try it out!

    December 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Lacey Nicole

    hooray! can’t wait to hear all about it!! :)

    December 7, 2008 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply X-Country2

    No kiddies here either, so I had no idea there were so many options. I’ll have to save this for the future. Great info. :o)

    December 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply D10

    Can’t wait to read all about your 5k!

    December 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm
  • Reply Marlene

    I should bookmark this post for the future. :)

    Can’t wait to hear about your race!

    December 8, 2008 at 7:56 am
  • Reply Pink Pearls & Muddy Sneakers

    I can’t wait to hear about the race! I am so jealous – I cannot get motivated in this extreme cold! My apartment and my cookie-baking extravaganza were too inviting, and now I am bummed that I didn’t run at all this weekend.

    December 8, 2008 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Sarah Danielle

    When I participated in Race For The Cure this year there were a ton of mothers with strollers, even a team of “new mommy’s” who dressed there kids in pink and decorated their strollers like mini parade floats – it was too cute!

    Glad your 5k went well!!

    December 8, 2008 at 10:44 am
  • Reply The Roberts

    Both the Bob Ironman and the Bob Revolution are excellent choices. I have both and couldn’t be happier!! Looking forward to you next gift selection….

    December 8, 2008 at 11:05 am
  • Reply HangryPants

    Congratulations! What an amazing time. The overpronating skin and bones sounds funny. I am glad she didn’t break her bones, but glad you beat her, too!


    December 9, 2008 at 4:37 am
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