Jogger prams

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26/07/2012 at 15:01
Hey all not sure if this should really go under this topic but can't seem to find one that suits. I am a beginner and am wanting to take my little one out with me (occasionally) so am looking into buying a jogger pram, I have found one but my partner is wondering if anyone has run with a jogger pram before on here and if so do they find any problems with it, such as bad back etc. i guess when you run the natural thing to do is move your arms but when your out with a baby your not really moving the arms much but then I am only just starting out so maybe I don't really know how using a jogger pram works. Hope someone can advise or point me in the right direction. Many thanks
26/07/2012 at 15:34

Yes I used to use one when ours were little. General advice is to get one with good big wheels. I couldn't afford one of those and ran with a more general 3 wheeler buggy with 12 inch wheels (fixed front wheel is essential!). It was perfectly fine running with it - I even used it a few times in my running club's monthly handicap race. Running up hills is a fair bit harder, along the flat not much different, and it is a help going down hill.

Generally not considered good to run with a real little 'un - wait until they are a good few months old and can support their head really well.

Remember when it gets colder they are just sitting still, and because of the excessive speed you will be travelling at, they can get very cold - wrap them up well, and put the raincover over as this keeps the wind off them. I would also say that although my kids in general loved it, that it is important to be prepared to be flexible and cut runs short if they are unhappy. For a similar reason if doing a longer run, use a route which brings you back near your house regularly rather than one big loop - running 5 miles back with a screaming child is not good for you or the child!

No problems with a bad back at all. I ran holding the handle one handed, and used the other arm to swing in the usual way, and then kept swapping over every few minutes. I would say it is important to get a buggy with a handle at the right height - my wife could never use that buggy as the handle was too high for her, and she found it especially difficult to push down to lift the front wheel to make it turn. See if a shop will let you test drive some different models. I'm afraid I'm not up to date with current models.

Great times - shame they are over, but I really don't fancy trying to run pushing my 14 year old now (or even the youest at 7!).

27/07/2012 at 07:13
Hello exiled many thanks for you reply.
That's brilliant advice about keeping them route close to home, thanks.

I was thinking I would probably use one hand to push and then change over and now and then.

I found a pram with decent wheels but not overly big as like you said they are too expensive and as I'm just starting out I don't see the point in spending too much incase it doesn't work out. I've got to make sure it comes with footmuff and raincover.
Looking forward to it though a new challenge!

I think it's good for the children, I think my little one will enjoy it as she loves being outside, she is a year so no worries about head control now.

Well thanks again for your help.

Kel
29/07/2012 at 07:04

Have fun!

Just remember to put the raincover up if the roads are wet, even if it isn't raining. I did get into a bit of trouble as my wife yelled "What have you done to my baby?" as she removed a rather mud-spattered little 'un from the buggy after one run!

29/07/2012 at 16:02
Hahaha shouldn't laugh but can imagine the poor thing.
Thanks for that I will keep it in mind.

Hope ur little 'un isn't too scarred from the experience!

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