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the eric update - day 269: the feet of a future marathonist?

while i'm not officially committing to running another marathon, it was nice to get out and run for the second time in a week after taking about a year off. we're starting slow and logged a mere two miles today. but even if our bodies could run farther, we still seem to be limited by the fact that the stroller has a propensity to veer to the left regardless of how much we tinker with volume of air in the tires or wheel alignment. constantly needing to adjust the trajectory of the stroller can add quite a bit of stress to your shoulders and arms even after just a few miles. perhaps someone has a recommendation for a jogging stroller or similar contraption that actually works as advertised. in any case, i can't help but wonder if someday little odin , kris and i will celebrate finishing our first marathon together. maybe he'll have mercy on me and let me cross the finish line first.

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3/30/2005 08:41:00 PM 3 comments


In our adventures with five children there are two jogging strollers we like.
#1 Mountain Buggy Urban. This is a great stroller that works for running as well as a regular stroller. Right now "The Right Start" has the 2004's for 30% off
(I know that there is one in Troy, MI)
This is by far our favorite

#2 The Baby Jogger Co. They used to make great jogging strollers. About two years ago they sold out to a company that has outsourced to China and I feel the quality has suffered. If you find an older model, they work well.

When you try out a new stroller, I highly recommend taking a much larger child to also try the stroller to ensure longevity.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:14 PM  

Maybe its because we have a double stroller (always planning ahead), but our stroller is heavy enough that with a little force on the handle, the front wheel loses enough traction that it can just be "dragged" along and not swerve in the direction it would normally want to go.

If I ever get really motivated, perhaps I'll make an fine adjustment bracket for it.

By Blogger Derek, at 3:58 PM  

thanks for the recommendations and whatnot. i think i've actually fixed our stroller so we'll probably bbe sticking with it for awhile. i'll probably post the "fix" at a future date after i get a few runs in to see if it really holds up. i'm not sure what effect not having any suspension will have on odin's comfort on longer runs. gimmick or not?

By Blogger e3, at 8:48 AM  

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