Sunday, 1 February 2015

How to travel with your double jogging stroller in 375 easy steps

This weekend the kids and I took our first ever solo trip to Bloemfontein (i.e. without Will), which of course, had a string of implications.  Like, for instance, being forced to finally, after a full year of use, learn how to dismantle the double jogging stroller woman-alone and get it to fit into the car's trunk.  Because, you see, we had a parkrun to do.

Will, ever the optimist, gave the stroller, and then me, one look and said that it couldn't be done.  I, on the other hand, was convinced that it was possible.  Because we had a parkrun to do.  And so Thursday evening, the day before we left, was set apart especially for this purpose: To practise getting an oversized piece of heavy metal, i.e. our beloved double jogging stroller, into the car's trunk.  And to do it again.  And again.  Until I felt confident that I'd be able to do it in public.  Alone. 

After an hour or so of practising, I was a sweaty, greasy mess, but the stroller was in the trunk - for the third time.  I was ready.

Saturday morning the kids and I drove into the parkrun parking area at 07:30 a.m. - a whole 30 minutes early.  I heaved the wheel-less stroller out of the trunk, set it on the ground, and got to work.  Wheel No. 1 popped in like a dream.  As did No. 2.  And then things got messy: Wheel No. 3 just refused to cooperate.  I huffed, I puffed, and I crawled around on the ground like a mad woman, but the wheel just wouldn't clip in.  Nooooo!  So I groaned and I sighed and I crawled around some more, until finally Wheel No. 3 popped into place.  Hallelujah!
          
Before the run.  J Bear trying to nab K's juice.

The run itself was superb, as always.  We finished in 90th place in a time of 30:50 - a tough, tough run and my second slowest parkrun finish time to date.  This was our first parkrun as a three-man team and I could definitely feel it - I may even have sneaked in a little walk break or two...  Oops!  Always room for improvement, right?     

After.  We did it!

As for travelling with the double stroller - we'll get there.  A few more practise rounds of getting it into (and out of!) the trunk by my myself, and I'll be a pro.  

Sooooo worth it!

    

10 comments:

  1. Hats off to you, my dear, hats off! Well done! Xxx

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    1. Jy's lief, Serie-perie! Waardeer vir jou! xxxx

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  2. Love how you don't let anything get in the way of your ParkRun!

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    1. Sometimes I completely exhaust myself!! ;)

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  3. A very fast finishing time! I remember that in my first and last park run I was overtook near the finish line by a mom with a stroller (I hope that the next to overtake me is you). Great photos.

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    1. Thanks, Stefano!

      I did overtake a few gentlemen during the course of the run, and they all groaned and complained loudly, haha!

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  4. Love the determination, Karien :) Anything for your beloved park runs, shouldn't he have known that nothing stands in the way of them? hehe. Great job!

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    1. Heehee, no such thing as "impossible" for a girl who needs to run...! :)

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  5. Great job!! I loved having a double stroller, but I really don't miss running with it!

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    1. Thanks, Christy! I must say that I really, really love running with K and J - even if the logistics are a bit tough sometimes. And the fact that they enjoy it too thrills me to no end...! I'm really going to miss this phase of our lives one day :( .

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