Things You Need To Start Running With Kids
If you’re a runner who’s trying to get back into it, post-kid, or just a guy who’s been swearing he’ll take up running for years (even though you now have a kid and don’t take up anything), you’re going to need some jogging gear, and so is your kid. Luckily, most of the gear is for you, since you’re the one doing all the work and the kid gets just about everything else you spend money on these days.
Nike LunarTempo Running Shoe
Featuring an ultralight Lunarlon midsole and flymesh uppers, these comfortable, durable, reasonably priced running shoes for kids from the company that owns the sport of running is basically the only thing you need to … oh, wait … you need a few more things …
Burley Design Solstice Jogger
The Solstice is the Land Rover of jogging strollers. It’s rugged enough for the trails but stylish enough to turn heads on the street (or in the mall or at the grocery store). It’s already snagged 3 major design awards since launching just this year, so you can brag about your impeccable taste as well as your new PR.
Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch
Nobody really wants to hear about how cool your Fitbit is, which is too bad because the Surge watch goes way beyond counting steps and calories to track your workouts and GPS data, monitor your sleep, and even show you text and call notifications. Then again, those will probably decrease in number if you keep blathering about how cool your Fitbit is.
JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones
The last thing you need on a run with kids is a bunch of wires swinging around in your face (which you really should relax, by the way. Maximize that efficiency!) BlueBuds offer a secure fit and amazing sound for both music and calls, and they last up to 8 hours so you can call your wife to come pick you guys up when that 20-miler doesn’t go quite as planned.
Babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen
Just because sunscreen might be terrifyingly ineffective doesn’t mean your kid can endure your next morning 10K run without lathering up. Thankfully, Babyganics meets Environmental Working Group’s standards for minimum health concerns and maximum UVA/UVB protection balance. In fact, better put some on yourself. Like they say, “Sun’s out runs out.” (They don’t say that.)
Camelbak Delaney Hydration Waistpack
When it comes to running with a water bottle, you can either carry it in your hand, or strap it around your waist in one of those super stylish fanny packs. You’re already pushing a jogging stroller; so it looks like it’s a fanny pack for you.
Lululemon Surge Short
These running shorts thought of everything: reflective details, sweat-wicking fibers, a zippered pocket, a waistband loop to tuck your shirt when the sun is just too much, and a boxer-brief liner that “helps keep our jewels from jiggling even when we’re running stairs.” Seriously, that’s what it says on the label.
Babiators kids sunglasses offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, are impact and shatter-resistant, and the company offers a total replacement guarantee whether they’re broken or lost. That comes in handy, since breaking and/or losing stuff is pretty much your kid’s only goal in life. Better yet, they give your kid that suave Baby Carlos look.
Nike Tailwind 12 Sunglasses
Your kid gets cool sunglasses, why shouldn’t you? Whether you’re running in the park, by the beach, or in the snow, at sunrise or sunset, you need a pair of light, breathable shades to block UV rays, cut glare, and shield you from dirty looks as you cut off pedestrians with your jogging stroller.
Trigger Point Performance ‘The Grid’ Foam Roller
Running recovery is important now that you’re an old man with a constant backache from carrying a kid around all day. With said kid spending all your money, you probably don’t have the cash for the weekly massage you so desperately need, but for 40 bucks you can inflict an equal measure of hurts-so-good treatment on yourself from the (dis)comfort of your living room floor.