7 Creative Tips from a Mom with a Toddler on Getting a Run In

jogging stroller, new mom runningAre you a parent with young a child who just can’t seem to get in your weekly mileage? I have a 1 ½ year old and found that being consistent with my training is very difficult…and we all know that being consistent with your running is really what makes us better at racing. Days, weeks, months and years of consistent running build our base.

So how do I balance the huge responsibility of being mom with a toddler and get my running done?  Well it hasn’t been easy, but here are several tips on how I have been able to get the mileage done.

  • Go to a gym where there is child care.
  • Ask a babysitter to meet you at the track so that you can run your workout.
  • Have a college student come to your house for an “exchange” – she babysits your child while you run and in return she gets to do her laundry for free (soap included) and have a home cooked meal when you get back. I try to do this for my long run once a week in the morning and then cook banana pancakes and eggs for all of us. The college students love it and I enjoy a yummy brunch after a long run.
  • Invest in a treadmill and run while the kiddo is sleeping.
  • Invest in a jogging stroller.  Take the little one with you for an easy run.
  • Ask your spouse to go with you to run at your favorite trail. Take turns running / playing with your child.
  • Ask mom or mother-in-law or another relative who wants to spend time with your child to come and watch her while you run.

Of course there are many things a parent can do to balance exercise and kids. These are just the ways that I have been able to do it.

Let’s add to this list. Moms and Dads: What are some other ways that you are able to get your run in?  Post a comment and let us know!


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  • By Shane, April 1, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Both of the ymca’s around my house let you go run outside while they watch the kids as long as you carry your phone with you and can get back quickly if needed.

    Also a BOB running stroller is by far the best and well worth the money in the long run.

    My neighbors have also worked out a kid exchange- I will watch your kids while you run then you watch mine while I run.

    Lastly I found the treadmill in view of the playroom is best- kiddos always want you near while they are playing. Mine love the play kitchen and fix a meal for us when I finish.

  • By Karmen, April 2, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    These are great ideas Shane! I will definitely try out the kids exchange asap!