Running with 3 things – my Grandson, his BOB Stroller and Joy!

Running with 3 things – my grandson, his BOB Stroller and joy!

When people ask me why I run, I always tell them to keep up with my grandkids.

This is the truth of my running adventure that I began with a few exhausted steps around a short block exactly 6 years ago this month. At that time, I had 9 very active, very fun, very energetic grandkids… and yes, I wanted to stay healthy and active and fun enough be able to keep up with them.

Back then, it was all I could do to train to run my first 5k… which I did run, in costume (so nobody could recognize me!), at a 2008 Halloween race. I haven’t stopped running since (not in costume, though!). I’ve gone on to run multiple 5ks, 5-milers, 10ks, Half Marathons, two marathons and two 70.3 Ironmans.

AND since then, I’ve had the beautiful gifts of 2 more grandkids added to my beautiful brood. I’ve run with my grandkids, I’ve stood on the sidelines to watch my grandkids, but I had never run pushing a grandbaby in a stroller.

Until yesterday.

My youngest daughter Jane and her husband Brian are runners. The very first thing they registered for when preparing to welcome their first child was a running stroller. They chose a BOB. Their baby boy, Brian Jr., is now 8 months old. And yesterday was a perfect day for Grandma to head out alone with Brian and BOB, on the first run of my life with a precious grandbaby. I was so excited that I almost could not contain myself…

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Now, I’m not going to pretend that I know all about running strollers. I can’t give you all the details of models and styles. I don’t know about all the safety features and technical stuff. I don’t really need to know all of this. I DO know that Jane & Brian did all of this research. I’m the Grandma. All I have to do is have fun. And run. Right?

All I need to know is that my grandbaby Brian was THIS happy to be heading out with Grandma. Right?

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All I needed was fresh air with a little nip of Autumn. My running shoes. And our smiles SO BIG that nothing could stop us!

With Brian all settled in, strapped so comfortably and wrapped in a warm blanket, we RAN. Jane had told me that running with a stroller is a bit different that just running, and I did notice that. I slowed my pace a bit and found my comfort zone very quickly. We ran along bumpy sidewalks, over piles of leaves, down to the harbor near my home and along the bike path. I had a good eye on Brian through the peek-a-boo view (see how non-technical I am?)…

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I had the exceptional feel of freedom of motion and manueverability with the BOB’s wheels, especially the single front wheel…

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I was so comfortable and confident with the BOB that I ran to my lovely downtown. Brian, BOB and I ran with great, great JOY. This is what I can tell you about this running stroller. It brought this grandbaby and this Grandma of 11 GREAT JOY.

We stopped at Mile 1. I was pleasantly surprised that my first mile was a 9:34 pace. I was running faster than expected over sidewalk bumps, piles of leaves, remnants of shells discarded by seagulls, calling out lots of Hellos to smiling walkers and runners and pushing a running stroller with an 8-month old grandbaby passenger!

We continued to run along. I could see Brian clapping and giggling through that peek-a-boo. I felt so comfortable with seeing him… seeing his JOY and the feeling of freedom that I knew he was experiencing. Just like me!

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I hit Mile 2. Another surprising pace. I hadn’t headed out with a distance or pace in mind. I just wanted to run with my grandbaby. The fact that I was able to run run was a spinning wheels add on.

When I began to feel light raindrops, I decided to head home. Another .28 miles and Brian, BOB and I were back home at Grandma’s… and a perfect opportunity for a #runfie!

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I will add here that getting BOB up 3 steps and onto my sun porch was a piece of cake – almost one-handed!

Now, see this BOB sitting in my porch, just waiting for another ride?

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Yep, waiting for another spin with Brian and Grandma!

(I wonder if Jane and Brian will remember where they brought BOB!?)

Running with 3 things – my Grandson, his BOB Stroller and Joy! was last modified: July 8th, 2017 by Sharon Couto
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Running with 3 things – my Grandson, his BOB Stroller and Joy! was last modified: July 8th, 2017 by Sharon Couto