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About a month ago, I decided I would take my 2-month-old daughter out on a run for the first time in our Thule Urban Glide Stroller (I highly recommend it) complete with infant insert. As a runner, I had been anxiously waiting for this moment since she was born. Lets just say I was a bit ambitious with how much mileage I thought she could handle. My run, which is usually a peaceful part of my day, turned into a pretty stressful hour of pushing a crying baby while strangers were giving me looks as I rushed her back to the car (and her bottle). Here are some things I've learned since then about taking a young baby on a run:
1. Make sure she is well fed. Stopping to feed her is a pain, not only because it gets in the way of your workout, but also because she probably won’t like going in and out of the stroller.
2. Go when she is tired. The movement of the stroller is similar to rocking, so I find that it puts her to sleep pretty well if she’s ready for it.
3. Always prepare for the weather. This is kind of a no-brainer whenever you take your child anywhere.
4. Pick a route with smooth terrain. Going over bumps and cracks in the sidewalk could wake her up or force you to slow down when you approach them.
5. Don't do an out/back run if you plan on going long. You don't want to be stuck with a meltdown halfway through without a shortcut back.
I feel like we have the running routine down for now. I hope these ideas help you on your next run with your little one!