Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jogger Stroller Joyride Towards the River


Thank goodness for sagebrush and other high desert plants that line the trail along the river by my house.  If it weren't for them, I'm quite sure my son would have had the most thrilling jogger stroller joyride of his life....on down into the Deschutes!  Yesterday was one of my most adventurous of trail runs yet.  My husband suggested I take both boys on my trail run--Ashe the dog and my five-year-old son Sam.  Ashe comes running with me every day now...that's no problem at all.  But I think my son has grown to be a little too big for the jogger stroller. My husband thinks otherwise.  He takes Sam for runs in the jogger stroller often.  Apparently, he has a great system worked out where Ashe runs ahead, Sam hold on to the leash and all that's left to be done is steer the stroller a bit. I went ahead and tried this out for myself.  It worked fine.  Great actually.  But there were a few kinks in my plan:  1.  I'm not used to the jogger stroller anymore.  2. I've grown quite comfortable with the fact that my kids are old enough to fend for themselves most of the time with regards to staying nearby, walking, not shoving dirt in their mouths.... you know, being responsible.   3. Running with the dog AND the stroller is new to me.  4.  I didn't expect the dog to have to poop at the top of trail right as we started running.  

As soon as the dog decided to do his thing, I saw that his leash was in the way.  I didn't think anything of letting go of the stroller and bending down to untangle the dog. S#$t!  Right as I was unsnapping the leash, I hear my son shouting (a happy and fun shout) "Woah! Woah!!  Ahhh!" as the stroller rolled down the path straight for the river's edge.  I think I've found my new SPEED work!  Forget the track! My heart jumped into my throat and I ran as fast as I could to catch up with him.  Lucky for all of us, he crashed into a huge bush.  This made me laugh a little but I was still kind of scared at what could have been.  White water and a little boy strapped in a jogger stroller aren't a good mix.  My son thought it was hilarious and fun.  He said "At least I was buckled in!"  Um, no, that really would have made matters worse if you would have rolled in the river.  Mother of the year award goes to....

A few positives from this story:
  • My son didn't roll into the river.
  • It made me laugh when it was all over and I was able to see the whole situation from an outside perspective...this mom, her pooping pup, and a five-year-old in a jogger stroller speeding towards the river with nobody steering.  
  • The run actually turned out to be a good one.  It's a great workout running on trails, period.  Then add a jogger stroller and you get an even better workout!  
  • Having this adrenaline producing experience actually proved to be quite a boost in my mood...after the fact.  
I'll be sure to add this adventure to my new journal where I'm writing about trail running adventures and reflections.

Note:  Just for the record, the place where he would have rolled off into the river wasn't actually one of those steep embankments around parts of the Deschutes.  However, he would have been quite shocked to find himself bounding off rocks and into a bitter cold and rushing river (not a calm spot).  

And just a video from this morning's trail run (without a jogger stroller):  

video

17 comments:

  1. OMG, Amanda! I can't believe you're tackling a 5 year old in a stroller. I am sure I could barely turn the stroller with a 5 year old in it... I would have pushed him in on purpose out of sheer exhaustion. KIDDING.

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    1. ha ha! you make me laugh Gracie! With the dog pulling a bit, he's actually not a bad push. But really, it's a good stroller and rides nice! Not as hard as it sounds.

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  2. LOL! Running and motherhood are always adventures! I forgot what it's like to run with a stroller. Truth be told, I don't miss that!

    ~Wendy

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  3. Wow that is quite the adventure! Glad it turned out ok. On many occasions as I have to run downhill with the stroller I've had horrible visions of me tripping and losing grip of the stroller and seeing it head down the hill or into the street so I totally get the adrenaline heart jumping part of your story!!! They need safety lines on strollers like they have for snowboards! I've made my back and arm muscles sore with my death grip on my stroller!

    "Not shovel dirt in their mouth when you leave them alone" will be nice one day thanks for the heads up! :-) Happy running!

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    1. You know, I think mine did originally come with a safety line. It's a really good stroller designed specifically for runners who want to RUN fast and I know we used that safety line before but I wasn't using it here! ha! Oh, I remember the death grip on the stroller...especially the double jogger! At one time I was able to get all three of my kids in that things somehow!

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  4. Oh boy what an adventure!! I have found the though to struggling to push my 5 1/2 year-old and my almost 2 year-old in the jogger....get a dog to pull the stroller!!!

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  5. All's well that ends well. I don't do jogger stroller runs. But I've had many a near miss with my kiddos. Mom = hardest job in world.

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    1. Yes yes. It is the hardest and most rewarding job in the world!

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  6. HAHAHA! OH man! When I was nannying for a little while I'd take the kid out on runs and didn't buckle her in once. We hit a curb and she went flying out and I tripped and fell. We both were scraped up and I felt like the WORST person alive. How could I not buckle her? Hopefully my mommy instinct gets better when I have my own...

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    1. ha ha!! This has me laughing Kate!! Oh, so funny. I did't buckle him in!! He buckled himself...he's more ocd then me! ha ha. And the fact that he can buckle himself in means he is too darn big for that thing. Thanks for the laugh!

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  7. It's amazing that our kids survive to grow up despite us. Just as well he was buckled in.And kudos to you for pushing a 5 year old in a stroller on a trail. That requires some serious muscle.

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    1. Yes, my kids surviving me is going to be a miracle!!

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  8. If it makes you feel any better last year when on a jog with the kids I decided to stop at a Wal-Mart parking lot and as I turned to help my older daughter who was on her bike she noted ("Daddy, Amelia is rolling away!) that my 2 year old had rolled out into the parking lot and into oncoming traffic. Like your story this turned out fine as the car approaching was traveling rather slow and was able to stop in plenty of time and I quickly retrieved her from the road and hustled her back to the sidewalk, red faced and tail between my legs...all's well that ends well right? Father of the year? :-)

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