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I'm looking for some hiking/walking trails that are friendly for the little ones. In other words, we'll have stollers, as the older one (21 mos) gets too tuckered out after a while. We're open to all parts of the Bay Area. I heard there is a nice one over by the Stanford area but hoping to also find some closer to home (East Bay). We want to start enjoying the nice weather! Thanks for any suggestions! momhb
I have spent the first 12 months of my baby's life with my child. Literally. Every moment. I have not yet hired a sitter, and plan to get on that, nor do I have a great support system. My husband is not particularly helpful in looking after our child. While I have enjoyed almost every minute, the difficult times have sent me seeking solace in chocolate. I was a little overweight when my baby was born. Now I feel quite a bit over where I would like to be. While I plan to find more support -- beginning with a sitter, and perhaps fix my situation at home in other ways (Lord knows how I am gonna tackle that one!) -- one thing I need to do to start feeling good is lose some weight. I plan on changing my eating habits, and I want to get out and walk more with my baby. I'd also like to run. I'm not a runner, but I have a stroller that could be used for it. I have the time, and I have the baby. My goal is to lose weight and get out a bit. I don't care about being a good or fast runner as much as I care about losing weight, having fun, and making it reasonably enjoyable for my little one. I wonder if anyone has advice for a beginning runner. Is it better if I jog first? Run fast and rest when I need to? Go short distances until my baby gets used to it? Have parents found a certain time of day to be easier with kids, to make it part of a routine? Have you found that a certain amount of time in the stroller is ideal? Or, is there a certain amount of time that it feels like too much for the baby? Any other tricks to keeping the baby entertained? I would really appreciate any general advice. I see you out there running with your babies! You look healthy, and it looks like it could be fun. Thank you for any ideas you can share! Hoping to get Healthy
When I started running several years ago, I ran for about half an hour and was sore for a week. The next week I tried again and was sore for 5 days. After a few weeks of this, my body grew used to the effort and I was able to happily run several times a week. Depending on your fitness and experience, you might want to start with 30 minutes of run/walking and gradually increase the amount of running. Several websites (like runnersworld.com) have some programs for beginning runners. Good luck and have fun! Kevin
I think it is important that you do it regularly. 4 days a week, at least. It also helps to have a set route to follow ( we just run from our houses, and have a set route in the neighborhood that we follow. Everytime we made the length a bit longer, I'd drive it again in the car to see exactly how long the run was! I needed constant reinforcement and praise!!!). We did not do it with babies-- we did it at 6:30 A.M., before our spouses had gone to work, and we let them deal with the kids. You may not have that support, but it is REALLY helpful if you do. We also entered a few 5 and 10 K ''races''. The Bay Area has an extensive running community , and that can be very encouraging as well. Most importantly-- find a friend to do it with, if you can. The hardest part is just making yourself do it, and having someone waiting for you is often the final kick you need to make it happen.
Set a reasonable goals for yourself, try to improve very gradually to avoid injury and just make yourself get out each day! I have never found anything that is as good of a payoff ( in terms of sweat and burning calories) than running. Plus, we go get coffee every Sunday after the long run and it's nice time for myself. - once a novice, now a veteran
On running, I go out with my little one around Lk. Merritt or up in Redwood Park, let him play then sit him down in the jogger (not always so easy) with a toy/snack and have a short jog. He's older now, so I can promise him swing-swing after the run. For starts, walk a quarter mile, jog a quarter mile, walk/jog, etc...If you have time, an hour + walk is very good for the metabolism. As a matter of fact, get the baby in the stroller and do a long brisk walk to get started. I like going out early, and the rest of the day is more relaxed. Jogathon
My advice is the same if you run with a stroller or without: start slowly. Trying to run too fast or too long will most likely result in discouragement, injury or both. Do a google search on ''learn to run'' programs and you should come up with one that will work for you, like this one: http://www.clubmom.com/display/234787
Running for many of us is not easy and I hated it for the first two years but the more I ran, the more I started to enjoy it. After five years, I have learned that it's almost always a challenge the first few miles! I have just learned to accept that running will always be hard but the rewards are worth it.
More unsolicited advice: no one exercise will give you everything you need to be fit. All women should do weights and some flexibility/stretching is important too. Exercise is a lifestyle and not a temporary solution, so be patient and kind to yourself and know that it won't be easy to shed the weight but you are doing the right thing! Best of luck to you! -Runner mom without stroller
I've exercised with Stroller Strides since my son was 7 months old and continued to exercise throughout my second pregnancy, which made a huge difference during labor, delivery and then recovery. I resumed classes when my daughter was 5 weeks old and feel great! Stroller Strides is a great way to do something for yourself - staying healthy, getting fit - and having fun with your kids. And it is a really wonderful group of moms who participate - an unexpected benefit to the classes has been the friendships I've developed with the other moms. Prices of classes are quite reasonable too. Check it out! - Stroller Stridin' Mama
My one piece of advice that I can give you unequivocally is JOIN A GYM WITH CHILDCARE. I loved my YMCA when I had very small children. Childcare was free up to two hours a day. I could run outside as long as I was carrying my cell phone. I could get a cup of coffee in the Y Cafe. I took classes. I lifted weights. ALONE! My kids were awesome easy going types prior to turning two, but I still needed some time alone, where I wasn't responsible for them.
Good luck on the running. -anon
Anyway, a few tips. As it sounds like you are not a runner, I would recommend you start out slow with quick paced walks and then build up to a jog. It's getting hot now, so you'll want to try and go in the morning if at all possible or early evening when things start to cool down. Try and get out around your little one's morning nap time if he/she still takes two or when they do nap if it's not too hot.
If you have to go out when baby is awake, make sure you have snacks baby can get to in the jogger and sippy cup that is accessible to baby (or easy for you to get to so stops are short). Again, try shorter distances first then build up to longer so you both get used to the run. This can be a really fun time for both of you as the baby gets older and used to riding (before they want to walk around all the time!) I have been fortunate enough to live in areas that offer nice trails which makes it more interesting for both you and child. Not to mention easier on the shins.
I hope some of this helps. Start out slow, build up, go at the right time of the day for baby especially (really, best is when they might fall asleep in the jogger when younger) and you will be fine.
ps- don't forget water and sunscreen for both of you. :) mama runner
If you have a jogging stroller your baby will love going along for the ride!
Good luck! Anon
#1. It's essential that you get good shoes and socks. Go to someone who knows, not to Sportsmart, or a place like that. Transport is a running store on College Ave. in Oakland that has an excellent staff.
#2 It's also important to find a really good bra I'm a DD cup size; I use Champion bras, but you have to find what works for you...This is probably too much information, but I also use ''glide'' around my bra line, to avoid a bra-burn!
Shoes and bras not only help make running comfortable, but also help you avoid injury. -Keep on running!
Start out slow...jog...walk....jog...walk.
Don't be afraid to walk, it is most important to just keep moving. Go in the morning, before it gets too hot.
My advice is to go to the Lafayette Reservoir. It is always packed with moms pushing their babies in strollers. It is beautiful and easy to get to. It is 2.7 miles around with hills.
Be sure to bring quarters - it is metered parking.
Good luck - what a great idea! Just be careful - running makes you very hungry - so once you start, don't go crazy eating or you won't lose a pound. Sign me, running mom of three boys.
Hi everyone: I was wondering if anyone has an idea of how I could go jogging with my almost 4 year old. He obviosly cannot jog with me but I feel funny putting him in a stroller at his age. I am a single mom so I don't have extra money for a nanny while I exercise and my friends have not volunteered to watch him at all, eventhough I have volunteered to watch their kids. So, basically, I need some idea as to how I could jog with an almost four year old. Is there any product out there I am not aware of that would help me carry him? Any other ideas? I would really appreciate any input since I'm desperately feeling like doing something active; I communte a lot for work and my bottom is getting tired of being sitting all the time...:) Longing-for-some-exercise
I hiked with him in a pack until he was almost 3, letting him out now and again to hike with me for a mile or so. After 3, I started riding bikes and pulled him in a trailer on the back until he was 5.
When he was 5-6 I bought a beach cruiser (slowed it down a bit) and with his little bike, we biked around. You need to go slow, but it is so fun to be out and about with your little guy! The memories are priceless!
Today he is 12, and I run about 4 miles and he rollerblades along side me. He is going to start running with me when the weather gets warmer. He has done a mile with me, but then he gets pooped.
I have some friends that go to some running tracks and run around, and their kids play in the middle.. but I don't know where as running in circles makes me dizzy...but it is a great idea.
I also belonged to the Berkeley Y for 3+ years, they have a Financial Assitant Program and it was fantastic... I could do spin class or work out and my son hung out in Kidz Zone where they can go swimming or the other child care (for younger guys) and they jump around or something... you can check it out on their web site. http://www.baymca.org/index.php/downtown.html
I just worked with his age. The bay trail from Emeryville to Sea Breeze/Berkeley Marina is a great place to start. You can each have a bike or get one of those 1/2 bikes that attach on the back of yours until he is a little older. You can also power walk while he rides along... again the bay trail is great for this. It is nerve racking at first with all the 'pro' cyclist.. but with some patience, you will be 'cruising' in no time. And then by the time he is 5, he can ride and you can run... and then get him some roller blades. This time that my son and I share, I wouldn't trade for the world.
Working with your son's age and abilities is a wonderful thing... and the bonding that takes place is so great. Just today I was looking at my son, my 12 year old young man.. thinking about when he was so much younger, I miss his need for me.... and thank goodness I have these memories. Run'n Mama
Then we play tag. Other rewards that are not treats (though I have also given treats once in a while) are playing with special markers (highlighters) when we get home, playing Candyland by her rules, cooking play-doh from scratch or her own ''soup'' with pantry items--anything can work. Another fun way to exercise together is dancing together to kid music or doing ''10-minute solution'' exercise videos together. We also go swimming at the community pool. I walk/jog to the pool and back to get the exercise, because it's not very aerobic with her in the water. exercise together
I've checked out the website archives for listings of great
places to take the jog stroller ... but there isn't a ''list'',
just a few places, so...
I'd like to hear about safe places to jog, (alone or just two
women and babies)with the jog stoller and baby, that are
relatively flat (no steep hills), where you can get in a good
workout (45-60 minutes of jogging)
If you want a place that is flat, Kennedy Grove in El Sobrante, next to the San Pablo Dam Resevoir is great. It has a paved loop around a large grassy area (3 laps equals one mile). It also has other trails that are unpaved and a play area for kids (play structure and slides and swings). It is usually pretty quiet and peaceful.
Another great place is the Lafayette resevoir. It is a bit hilly but a great work-out when you are pushing a jogger stroller. It tends to be a little busier than Kennedy Grove.
Also in Lafayette/Moraga is a nice 8 mile trail. It is flat and paved. If you take 24 towards Walnut Creek and exit Pleasant Hill Road, vere to the right and turn Right at light (pass Hungry Hunter), at the end of the road turn right and there is a parking lot on the right.
Happy Jogging! Amy
1. Inspiration Point in Tilden Park -- Paved, predominantly flat, rarely congested, good views of Bay and GG Bridges.
2. East Ridge trail in Redwood Regional Park (begins at Skyline staging area off Skyline Drive) -- Wide trail, gentle grade hills, scenic.
3. Tennessee Valley in Marin (a few miles north of GG Bridge) -- Paved trail (until end stretch), flat, ends at small, beautiful, beach bordered by cliffs.
Hi, Can anyone recommend some good places to take stroller walks? I know some of the usual places, such as Inspiration Point, Richmond Marina, Point Pinole, Point Isabel, etc, but I'm looking for other places as well. I would prefer walks that are on the longer side. Also, are there any websites or books with such info? I checked the archives but only found a couple of suggestions. Thanks! Gayle
Books that we bought for father's day that seem promising: *Golden Gate Trailblazer - Where to Hike, Stroll, Bike, Jog and Roll* (in SF and Marin) and *Rails to Trails California* both from REI -- they both seem to be attuned to the need for smooth paths, so they describe the trails in good detail.
Happy Trails! Shahana
Hi. I am looking for recommendations on safe, not too steep and scenic running routes (including neighborhoods) that are in the general vicinity of el sobrante, pinole, richmond or even orinda. My neighborhood is very hilly and I cant run (can barely walk) and push a jogging stroller up it. Niloufar
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