Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Stroller Running vs Solo Running: Calories and Speed

I have a love hate thing going on with running, which is cool, but the hate part has increased a bit since I became a mom. Now when I run it's not as simple as "ipod, shoes, let's go." Now it requires all this extra "stuff."

-Babies (25 lbs each)
-Double stroller (33.5 lbs)
-Diapers and wipes
-Cell phone
-Rain cover
-Baby carrier
-Change of clothes
-Etc. (all of which added to the stroller and kiddos puts me right around 100 lbs)

I got all "Ugh, running sucks" for a bit, but now I'm pretty stoked about it, and I have two pretty good reasons for my renewed enthusiasm.

1. My free running (running without the extra 100 lbs) has increased exponentially! I have gotten so strong at running with all of this stuff that when I get to shed it for a solo run I am so much faster than I used to be. Since my surgery in 2009 I have had a hard time running a sub 9 minute mile, but I recently ran a sub 8 minute mile!

2. Calorie burn!!! You can easily burn nearly50% more calories running with a jogging stroller with the right wind resistance and incline. To calculate an approximate (this isn't an exact science) calorie burn for your "stroller run" do a google search for a calorie burn calculator that determines calories burned pushing a stroller (here's one http://www.self.com/calculatorsprograms/calculators/caloriesburned/pushing_stroller).  Enter the duration of your workout and record that number. Then do a second search for calories burned based on running alone. Enter your weight, distance,  duration, etc. and record that number (here's one http://www.runnersworld.com/tools/calories-burned-calculator). Add your two numbers together and voila!

Think you want to skip the stroller and run alone? My most recent run was 284 calories more efficient because of my kiddos. Other women are jealous of you, trust me. And if you're nursing you've got those extra three to five hundred calories you can add on top of it! Basically you're a badass mother runner ;)


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