Life as a running mom offers many opportunities to be creative, especially since I have been doing that married-single-parenting thing for the past how many years. Thanks to my situation I have spent more than my share of hours behind a jogging stroller and over the years I've developed what might be a few original distraction techniques aka how to get the run done.
Biking Sherpa wearing LBM hat mid-run
As your kids get older it helps to be creative. Like bringing along someone else to help amuse your jogging stroller passengers. Biking Sherpa often has more energy during our runs to amuse LBM. She chatters with him even I might not be able to keep up with his nonstop conversations, points out interesting things to occupy his attention and helps retrieve thrown toys.
She is willing to do whatever it takes to help keep our little passenger happy. Even if it is slightly embarrassing.
Mommy I think I can squeeze some juice out of this one
Another handy amusement is chucking produce. When you buy the mega-quantity of clementines at Sam's Club and half of them go bad, you can feed the local wildlife and entertain your running companion by allowing them to chuck them into the woods along the road.
Word of Caution: make sure your little understands and will obey when you tell them not to chuck them at cars, bikes or other passers by.
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Watch out squirrel!
Of course THE best way to ensure a happy running trip for everyone is to do it regularly and end with a reward to your well behaved running companion. Extra time outside playing, getting to ride bikes or blowing bubbles after the run are all things that my kids enjoyed as simple rewards for being great passengers.
Everyone happy = successful jogging stroller run
Teaching your children at a young age that being active is a part of your daily life will go a long way in how they integrate health and fitness into their own lives.
What techniques have you found helpful in keeping your little one happy while on the run?