Tuesday, April 1, 2008

reeeally Slow, and not all that Steady.

I have started running. Well, if we're being honest, it's not as much running, as it is a painfully slow hobble, interspersed regularly with a gaspy, snail's pace stroll. But at least I'm doing it - and I'm doing it while lugging 14 pounds worth of Lucy along with me, as well as 8,000 pounds worth of this:

This is the EZ Strider. I bought it for $25 off of Craigslist, and it has certainly seen better days. I thought it would be a good idea to try out a cheap jogging stroller to make sure I used it, before I invested in a jogging stroller that a person so inclined, could, in fact, jog with.

It turns out, the "EZ" in its name is a bit of a misnomer (and I believe I could make a solid case against the "Strider" part as well). You see, the EZ Strider appears to have been fashioned entirely of steel and lead, possibly by Satan himself. It is ridiculously, absurdly heavy, a fact which had escaped my notice until I strapped Lucy in, and began my unfortunate progress around our neighborhood track.

I'm told it gets easier, this running thing. And I'm sure it will, just as soon as Lucy learns to walk and can start pushing the stinking stroller herself (preferably with me in it). Until then, at least SHE seems to be enjoying herself.


Bekah said...

Oh my gosh! this post made me laugh so hard! I had tears in my eyes! I think that unless you are planning to run on super uneven surfaces or off-road, you should get one with a swivel wheel. Ours is pretty good but was made right before they started doing the swivel wheels (they can usually lock of you want them to). IT makes going up and down sidewalks and around corners quite difficult. I distinctly remember running, having to stop, hoist the thing up, pivot, put it down, run, repeat for every single road I encountered in our neighborhood!

Mindy Williams said...

Shauna, You missed your calling in life. You should have been the writer, not the illustrator (well, I know you are a good artist of some type!) As for the jogging, riiiiiiiiiiiiiight! I know I need to start too, so maybe I'll follow your lead in a couple of weeks. I agree with Bekah and the swivel wheel, we missed that boat too. Just wait until there is a double jogging stroller. Yes, I said it and yes, I used it in Maryland. We'll see if it makes a debut in Colorado besides going to the pool to sit and back! Love your blog, baby!

Heather Keele said...

You are so funny! Good for you to take up running! I was running for a while on our treadmill (I was doing pretty good until it stopped working - I learned not to buy a cheap treadmill) and when I tried running outside, it was a lot harder. It could have been also that I was hyper-sensitive about anyone I know seeing me, so that could have made it harder too.

And I know I say it everytime I leave a comment, but that Lucy is so dang cute! I love her gorgeous blue eyes!

Carol said...

I hate jogging strollers....MUCH easier to run without, but sometimes you don't have a choice. I also hate running in UT--the altitude really makes a difference and of course you don't have a choice about that at all. So blame that for some of your trouble too...

Way to go though & keep at it! Did you ever see the video that went around the internet about the man who pushed his full grown handicapped son in a wheelchair in MARATHONS??? Think of him when you start to feel like it's too hard.