Friday, March 14, 2008

It's baaaaaack

My stroller obsession, that is.

I have a jogging stroller that I got two years ago. I actually put a lot of miles on it when I was training for my first triathlon. I have a love/hate relationship with the thing. It was great to be able to go out for a run, outside, on nice days with D. He might beg to differ. Actually, there were plenty of times he did great in it, but other times he'd whine so much I'd end the run feeling more frazzled than when I started.

Really, I prefer to run alone. It's a break, a chance not only to do something for my body, but for my mind and my soul as well. It's me time. We all need that.

However, from a practical standpoint, I'm beginning to wonder... do I need a double jogger? Don't you love that I said "need". LOL.

Yes, I did use my single jogger quite a bit. But it was never the ideal way to get in a run, so I'm torn over whether I should bother getting a double. Part of my problem back then was my inability to get D to go to the gym daycare. He goes now, happily. But (I'm going to say that word a lot), G still gets fussy there, so I'm limited to about 30 minutes or so. I'm not exactly what you'd call "fast" (I'm working on not calling myself slow), so I can't get in much mileage that way. My other option is evenings, and as the days get longer, that could work. But (there it is again), quite frankly I hate working out in the evenings. And that's when I usually work. I can also do longer runs on weekends, but as my bigger races get closer, it's going to be hard to get into good enough shape with a few 30 minute workouts during the week and one longer one on the weekend.

I guess it might just be nice if I go out for a run, outside, in my neighborhood, at 9am on a Tuesday.

Plus the time it takes me to get in that 30 minute workout is actually about 2 hours. By the time I get the boys ready, pack them in the car, drive over there, unload, check them into the nursery, go workout, pick them up, make the requisite potty stop for D, load them back in the car, drive home, and unload them once again, yeah, it's been about 2 hours. All for a 30 minute workout. Not that it isn't worth it. I'd go insane if I couldn't workout and I don't have any lofty goals this year. I just want to be in decent enough shape to finish the race in August and have some fun.

So anyway, the wheels are currently turning (pun intended, sort of). Right now I'm scouring craigslist to see not only what I can find in the way of used double joggers, but how much I might be able to get for my single. It's a top of the line, really nice stroller and it's in awesome shape. I bet I could get enough out of it to pay for a used double, especially if I "make do" (being silly there) with a lesser brand. In that case, I wouldn't actually be adding to my stroller collection, just replacing one stroller for another.

And then there's part of me that doesn't want to let go of my BOB Ironman. It's so nice and it's bright yellow! What if I need a single jogger again someday and I wish I'd never sold it? You know, when my theoretical third kid is a toddler and the other two are in school?

Have I mentioned I'm an insane overthinker? Yeah.


Brilliant! said...

We're too much alike, though I can't say I'll be looking at a need for any kind of jogging stroller any time soon. LOL Still, we have a double stroller on its way to our house and dh asked if we could get rid of the single as soon as the little outgrows the infant carrier, which makes since. BUT...what if one day I want the single for just one of them to go out with me. WIll I regret getting rid of it?

hmmm.. I don't know.

I'll think on your dilemma and see what I can come up with. Part of me is tempted to see how many strollers you can fit in your garage. LMAO. IE, is there something else that might fetch enough to pay for a used double, without actually giving up the single?

akhoosier said...

Just go for it Claire! You can never have enough strollers! I have an 8 year old and a 3 year old and I still have 3 strollers! It is an obsession!

Amy (amyk98)