Time to Get My Stroller Race On- Tips and Advice to Prepare!

A little more than a week from now I will be competing in my first ever stroller race- the Rivertown Strollerderby 5k that is being hosted by Lindsay Sanii from She Mom Fitness in Hastings-on-the-Hudson, NY. 

Rivertown StrollerderbyThis race is one of the first races that I registered for earlier in the year and have slowly been preparing myself for it.  Even though I have been training my buns off for my upcoming half marathon and Ragnar Relay and feel pretty prepared, I will admit that stroller running is a whole other bear.  

Running solo is one thing but running with the cooperation of two passengers is a tad bit more difficult.  Thankfully my kiddos aren’t too big as far as size is concerned but keeping them occupied for the 3.1 miles will be the trick! Stroller Racing Tips

When I first signed up for the race, I started doing some research on how to best run a stroller race and maintain the cooperations of my tiny terrors.  Here are a few articles with selected tips that I have found helpful and hope that they contribute to a successful first stroller race! 

Tips from Lindsay Sanii, as featured on The Runner Dad

  • Invest in a good running stroller. This was one of the first things that I did even before I knew I was going to enter a stroller race.  I choose to purchase the BOB Duallie Revolution and I have been very pleased with it thus far.  Running with a double stroller is hard enough so it was worth the investment to me to spend some extra money on something that would be more comfortable for my children and make running easier for me. 
  • Keep your stroller form in check. Keep your elbows bents and find a grip that is comfortable but not too tight.  He also suggests keeping the bar close to the body. 
  • Pack for preparedness. Be sure to bring snacks, toys and books just in case the kiddos get bored! My girls can usually be placated by some food or an iPod with a game or show on it.  I am crossing my fingers that they will be so distracted by all the other strollers that they just stay quiet and relax! 
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Tips from The Running Mom

  • Fill up the tires. Seems like a no brainer but if you forget (ya know because you’re trying to remember all the crap the kids are making you bring) it could really hinder your race or run.  It is important that the tires are full so that the stroller is easier to push but not too full that it will easily tip over. 
  • Swing the arms & push with one hand.  I have found this to be the most comfortable position for me while maintaining a good grip on the stroller and keeping the safety strap wrapped around your wrist, of course. I find this to be most comfortable if I am pushing straight then obviously steering with both hands when I take turns or push up hill.  I hear that Hastings-on-the-Hudson is quite hilly so who know what will be most comfortable that day. 
  • Push with your legs. I have been doing a lot of leg work so I am hoping this will pay off on race day! 
  • Watch your stride.  She recommends putting some space between your body and the stroller so that you can maintain your natural running stride. 

 There are various other tips that are included in both articles but those are the ones that I have found useful and am hoping will help with the race next weekend.  I plan on giving it my all and strolling my heart out- just need my co-pilots to cooperate 😉 Rivertown Strollerderby

Even if I don’t win a prize I am still excited to participate in an event with my children and include them in something that I really love to do! 

You might also like:  National Stroller Running Day

 If you live in the NYC area and would like to register for the race, you can do so here! :) 

QOTD: Have you ever participated in a stroller race? Any advice?

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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