Baby Girl is now at an age where she is really starting to understand and love the times we spend together running - love, love, love it! As soon as I start getting out my running kit in the morning, she'll run to the stroller and say: "Go ta-ta, go ta-ta, go ta-ta!" (in Afrikaans, of course). While I get dressed, I'll ask her to pick a toy to take with her on our run, which she then promptly fetches and chucks into the stroller. Tooooo cute!
I usually need to get dressed and ready in quite a hurry, because she'll keep saying "go ta-ta!" until I put her into the stroller and buckle her up. Next, I snuggle her up in her blanky (it's winter down here in S.A.), put the chosen toy on her lap, and put on the stroller's weather cover. She loves being in her own little see-through cocoon and always pulls faces and laughs as I fasten the cover.
When she was younger, she'd spend the first five minutes or so of our runs babbling and then fall asleep until we got home. These days, however, she rarely sleeps on the run and likes to sit up straight and watch everyone and everything going by. She especially loves waving at cars and people, and I always enjoy watching their reaction: Some people's faces light up as they smile and wave back; while others don't even bat an eyelid (wow, lighten up, guys!).
I've also found that longer runs (7 km+) are starting to bore her a little bit - since she's been able to walk and run around by herself, sitting still for that long is a tall, tall order. I therefore limit most of our stroller runs to more or less 5 km these days, which she still loves, but after that she wants to jump out and run around too.
Love, love, love running with my Girl!!
Do/did you run with your kids in a stroller? Any fond memories/tips to share?