And I am okay with that. It's who I am! So when a jogging stroller, a huge-wheeled Schwinn jogger, came up on Craigslist for $25, I jumped. And Miles was happy in it!
Happy Schwinn grin!
But the Schwinn was limited. It was definitely hard to push, and more limiting on where I could run, and didn't have all the features I really wanted. For one, it didn't fit in my car - so I was limited to taking it around the block. But it did let me get out for weekday runs. I had tried a few other jogging strollers and the Schwinn really didn't seem any different than them, although missing a couple features - it handled as well as the $100-$150 joggers I'd tried.
Out of habit..and perhaps latent desire for an easier way to do this...I kept stalking Craigslist. And a BOB Revolution popped up. For $150. Used only a handful of times, although a few years old.
Now, for those who don't know...those are kind of the "IT" strollers. When you ask the running groups what stroller to get, it's the BOB. It's the one best rated for running. For casual runners it's ratd the best because it can go to a regular stroller too as the front wheel can swivel. For serious runners, the wheel locks - and it's the only one that swivels and rates well for running. (In general the other strollers that swivel aren't rated well for running - the fixed wheels are recommended, with the BOB Revolution being the only one that seems to tread both lines.)
"I need a jogging stroller and I'm on a budget, what can I get if I plan to do some serious running?" "Wait for BOBs to go on sale." I hated that answer while pregnant. I was half sure it was a cult answer, brand loyalty. No way could the market really be that dominated. And they retail for around $300-$400 depending on where you go and what you get with it.
Well - feeling guilty for spending more money on myself when I had a perfectly fine jogger that let me go around the block - I answered the ad. And well...
...I hate to say this...
...but I freaking love this thing.
Mama why are you IN the stroller with me?!
I won't bore y'all with the details because really, a simple google search can give you a better list than me. I wish I had just taken one of these for a ride earlier, they really are so much easier to handle. And it folds compact enough to fit in my trunk, so Miles and I actually got to hit the trails in one of our parks this week - it was AWESOME! (Well, the run was not awesome. The bathrooms are still locked for the winter...and I really had to pee. But that is not the stroller's fault!)
I mean...guys...I ran a 9:49 mile PUSHING THIS STROLLER. My fastest mile ever is a 9:42 and that's solo.
So I hate to say it because I hate spending money on myself...but in this case, the money is so worth it and the thing justifies its price tag. Apparently, BOBs are worth it..
Have you ever found a piece of equipment or gear to be (unfortunately) worth its heft price tag? Tell me about it and make me feel better!