If you’re a triathlete with small kids, the best jogging stroller you can find will truly come in handy with all the training you’re doing.
Since I’ve been doing triathlons, my wife has always been able to stay home while I go out for my weekly run training, so I never needed a jogging stroller. However, because our schedules have become more hectic with soccer, swimming, and music lessons, my wife hasn’t had time to go running early in the morning or at night.
So we decided it was probably time for us to invest in a cheap jogging stroller so that she could go running in the afternoon while the other kids were at school.
I hadn’t really looked at jogging strollers too much before, because we had used one of those cheapo umbrella strollers for years, but that doesn’t cut it when you want to go running.
Where to Buy a Jogging Stroller
The first thing I learned about running strollers is that they are expensive. Looking at all the regular stores online, you find that buying a new jogging stroller is going to put you back at the least about $100, and at the most, more than $400.
Well, our 2-year old isn’t going to be riding in that stroller forever, and that’s $400 I could put towards a new triathlon bike, so I wasn’t going to spend that much on a stroller.
C’mon. I’ve got priorities, ya know.
Next step. Craigslist.
Craigslist is a perfect place to look for the best jogging stroller. Once people’s kids outgrow the stroller, it just sits in the closet taking up space, and it’s probably only been used for two to three years. Plus, most jogging strollers probably aren’t even used for jogging, so it’s not like they’re in bad shape.
Jogging strollers are like the SUV of strollers. More and more moms feel like they need an SUV to take their kid to soccer or swimming or go grocery shopping. But the most offloading they ever do is parking on the grass at the soccer field so little Johnny doesn’t have to walk too far to practice.
Instead of using just a regular stroller to get around, moms feel like they need a big SUV stroller to navigate the hazards of the mall, without ever even going running with the thing.
Which is even better for you because you can get a cheap jogging stroller that’s still in good condition.
What to Look for in a Jogging Stroller
If you’re going to buy a jogging stroller for actual running, here are some things to keep in mind:
1) Running with a jogging stroller is a lot different than running without one. First of all, your arms get really tired while holding the stroller handle. Plus, you can’t pump your arms up and down as you run, so you don’t get that added push. In addition, it’s harder to keep your body aligned when you don’t move your arms. This can take a bit to get used to.
2) The best jogging stroller has compartments that are easily accessible and can fit at least your keys, and maybe an iPod.
3) Watch out for the size of the jogging stroller, both when it’s folded out as well as when it’s folded up in its not-so-compact form. This was the one requirement my wife had in choosing a stroller. First, the jogger stroller had to fit in the back of the car.
And remember, just because a particular jogging stroller is bigger doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be better or easier to use.