Last week my beloved BOB double jog stroller finally kicked the bucket. Honestly I didn’t think this thing would ever truly die but alas it did and of course I was wearing my Chaos Coordinator shirt when it happened.
I was fortunate to be with someone while running and to not be too far from where the van was parked. It was also luck (or divine mercy) that the boys managed to not be harmed when the stroller broke down. My new running partner (yes I’m dating again – I’ll have to write more about that another day – dating as in finding new people to run with) carried Audie and I took Mikey and the stroller stayed tucked behind a tree on the trail until I drove back to pick it up. The axle of the front wheel was so bent that there’s simply no way to get it out without taking a hack saw to it – not even sure if that would work because of the bolts – anyways y’all this thing got so bent jacked up! After examining it a bit more Troy determined that when the wheel popped off the first time one of the springs must have gone off as well and since I hadn’t realized that when it happened a second time that’s what did the stroller in. We decided that we weren’t going to take it to the bike shop to be repaired because of some damages to the front fork as well. Plus the stroller has already needed two rear tire springs as well as canopy bolts. All of these are specialty parts that we would have to get hopefully through the bike shop. Yet again, it just wasn’t worth it to us at this point. You see, we’ve had this stroller for over 8 years and after around 5,000 miles I lost track of the mileage on this stroller. We guesstimate that it’s probably has somewhere around 6,000 miles on it. That’s a solid amount of miles over the years. When my mom got me this stroller as a gift 8+ years ago I would’ve never imagined that I would have it this long and that it would’ve seen so many miles!
The stroller still sits in the garage though, I don’t have the heart to get rid of it just yet. Troy will probably have to put it out on the curb for me. This stroller has been one of the few things that every single one of my kids have used!
Sophia – She had just turned 2 when we got the stroller. She was not a fan; heck she was never a fan of any stroller. Back in the days before ipads and smart phones I would pile in books, snacks and other little toys for her when we would run. I knew where all the bathrooms were in Colonial Williamsburg and everything in between where we lived (in the Jamestown part of the burg) and where the Child Development Center was (in CW) which was about a 6 mile route.
Tedy – He probably spent the most miles out of all the kiddos in this stroller. He was just an itty-bitty baby when I first started using it; I had a car seat adapter back then. When I stopped working I would often run with both Sophia and Tedy from our house to the Child Development Center. I did it as part of my marathon training but also because there were many weeks when I simply couldn’t afford to fill the car with gas. When I stopped working it was a huge sacrifice and we very much lived pay check to pay check in those days. I am forever thankful to my mom for paying for Sophia’s child care back then so that she could still be a part of something while Troy was gone. After we dropped Sophia off at “school” Tedy and I would attend various story times at the library or Barnes & Nobel and often meet up with friends for play dates. I would usually pack myself a lunch and refill my CW mug around town. We would often spend the entire day wandering around CW while we waited for Sophia and then we would run back home.
Ceci – Tedy & Ceci were my best stroller running duo. They both loved being in the jog stroller and once Ceci could talk she became my personal cheerleader and would often shout at me to “run faster!” When Sophia was Pre-K we would often run to pick Sophia up from school and then I would wear Ceci on my back and Sophia would sit and we would walk back. That route wasn’t nearly as far as the CW days but I could make a nice long run out of the route from our house to the school by going up and down each road between the two points.
Mikey – Oh boy, this kid HATED the jog stroller as a baby! For the entire first year of his life he would fuss and fuss and fuss and I would often have to take him out and nurse him for a bit to convince him to get back in or I would have to keep the baby carrier on me and wear him and walk to get some miles in. Close to 18 months he finally stopped fussing and started to enjoy our runs and would often use it as his nap time (he still does). Mikey’s biggest thing though is for us to go to a playground or Dunks after a run. So in a way he still has to be bribed to go run haha. He’s my kid that knows all the routes along a run and sometimes when I try to add-on some mileage by going the long way around to the playground he will tell me no mama that’s not the way. I’ve learned to go to the playground first and then after get more miles in as he takes a nap.
Audie – Baby Cinco has had his moments of fussiness in the stroller as well. If we meet up for an early run he often glares at other people. I say he hasn’t had his morning coffee yet – haha that’s the type of look he gives. If looks could kill Audie would’ve pierced many people with the daggers he throws. All in all though he enjoys the ride and will often use it as nap time as well.
This stroller saw 5 kids, 4 pregnancies (1 miscarriage), multiple states, training for 1 ultra-marathon, 5 marathons, a dozen or so half-marathons, a few 10Ks and countless 5Ks…6,000ish miles. This stroller helped me through when Troy was gone. This stroller allowed for some good naps when my kids wouldn’t nap otherwise. It allowed me to see some beautiful sites all around. From the Blue Bonnets of Texas to the Cherry Blossoms of Virginia. We crossed paths with anything from Alligators to Deer.
One of the biggest excuses I hear about why people don’t run is because they have kids. I really try to meet people where they’re at but since this double jog stroller has been such a saving grace for me over the years I have a hard time with this one. I also have a hard time with the oh my kids have to nap or my kids _______ insert whatever excuse here. I get it, I do, and not every run or walk goes according to plan for me but unless you keep trying then you’ll never truly know. So I encourage you mama’s to get out there, invest in a jog stroller, it doesn’t have to be a crazy expensive one like mine was (though I will say that it was completely worth every single penny) and get moving. Your kids see what you’re doing too. They see you being active and it instills a lifetime of, being active is what we do, in them.
To my Double BOB – thank you for all the miles and memories over the years, you will be truly missed but you have been replaced. I now have an in-step double stroller/trailer. My goals are adjusting to the new equipment because we live in the Active Duty Army world and having 5 kids and a husband constantly gone means goals adjust. I feel like I need a name for my new stroller though…hhmmm… anyways, it’ll never truly replace my Double BOB, that’s just not possible but here’s to the end of an era and the start of a new one.