Running with a pram/stroller, what do you need to know?
It is not uncommon for athletes who become parents to put aside their passions in favour of family commitments. For new parents it is not so easy to continue practising sports, a child requires a lot of attention. Sometimes the difficulty is finding a trustworthy person who can take care of him, but above all it’s managing, for mum and dad, to devote time to their passions together without necessarily having to split up.
For mothers, there are many alternatives that allow you to move in the company of your child, in fact, there are courses designed specifically for this purpose. For runners there is also an opportunity for family sports and the solution is to run with the stroller. In this way, the child can experience the sporting life of his or her parents from the very beginning.
What do I need to know to be able to run with a stroller?
One of the rules, perhaps the most important, is to wait until 6 months of age or more precisely when the child begins to be able to hold his head straight. Some children are able to do this as early as four months, others much later than average, so it would be ideal to always consult a paediatrician who can assess it with certainty. This is necessary so that the child can follow the movements without passively suffering them, even if the strollers suitable for this practice offer a lot of protection.
Locks the front wheel to ensure fixed steering without the risk of skidding. The really race-specific baby prams even have the front wheel already attached and as big as the rear ones.
Place everything you might need in the basket under the child’s seat during the race, including baby visors, sunscreen and water.
Never remove your arms from the handlebars at the same time. But to facilitate the movement, an alternative is to hold the stroller with one hand and use the other arm to advance the movement.
Verify that the child’s body, clothing, shoelaces and toys do not touch the wheels.
It is necessary to have a specific pram for running. The classic stroller with the four small wheels is absolutely inappropriate, it is necessary to choose a specific stroller with wheels the size of a child’s bicycle, placed in pairs at the rear and with a single wheel at the front. The handlebar consists of a single axle, and many models have rear springs that act as shock absorbers.
Among the various brands, one that really specialises in this type of support for sports with children is Thule: The Urban Glide model is suitable for all types of sports, for jogging, but also ideal for city travel. However, Thule also offers strollers designed specifically for running, such as the Thule Glide, for high-performance sporting activities to make the most of every type of terrain.
One last trick is for mothers. Waiting six months after birth is a good rule not only for the baby, but also for her. There are two main reasons it is not advisable to resume running immediately after childbirth:
- The muscles of the whole body and those involved in running, no matter how much you train constantly during pregnancy, are less toned. To start running without toning them first would mean running the risk of injury, the muscular structure would not support the load and in addition to not having a strong abdominal area, you would run the risk of maintaining a bad posture.
- The pelvic floor has been weakened by the weight of the uterus during pregnancy and childbirth, especially in case of laceration or episiotomy (cutting). That’s why he needs to be retrained before running again.
The second point is the main reason why you should immediately avoid returning to competition and why this discipline in the first post-partum months even hurts. It is better to wait and do everything carefully.
When mum and baby are ready, family workouts can be enjoyed!