Yesterday Brennen and I, along with our new Joovy Zoom 360 set out on our first run together. I was excited to experience the freedom of running whenever I wanted, Brennen was excited to sit in his new seat and I would like to think that our Joovy Zoom was excited to get out of the box and hit the pavement as well.
First I have to rave a little about my new jogging stroller. I guess I am a little biased since it is the first one I have ever used, but I could not be happier with my purchase. Assembly of the stroller was minimal. I opened it up and the hubby put on the wheels and the parent organizer. The seat easily adjusted for Brennen’s comfort, including the shoulder straps. The sunshade is HUGE! Brennen is very against having the sun in his eyes and the shade more than took care of that issue. The storage on the stroller is fantastic as well. There is a parent organizer on top where I put my water, phone, Ipod etc. Under the stroller is a small basket and Brennen’s seat even has mesh pockets for him to store a few toys. It was very easy for me to push and turn. I didn’t have to worry about the stroller getting in the way of my stride, as my feet never landed close to the wheels or stroller frame. The stroller has a “leash” connected to the handle which I put on my wrist while I ran, so if I lost grip of the stroller, I wouldn’t lose Brennen.
Now on to the actual run. You would think that our excitement plus a great stroller would result in a fantastic run, but you would be wrong. The run ended with both Brennen and myself in tears. The beginning of the run started fine. Brennen was a little tired from his physical therapy session earlier in the day but I convinced myself that he would just fall asleep during the run. Instead, when we ran past his favorite park (poor planning on my part), he went into hysterics about how he wanted to go play. Despite assurances that we would go back to the park after we finished our run, he grew more and more frustrated with every step I took in the opposite direction of the park. Shortly after his breakdown and halfway into the run, I started wheezing. I have been battling this running nemesis on and off since the end of April. This wheezing episode was a pretty bad one. I was having shortness of breath and coughing fits in addition to the wheezing. This episode was even more challenging than usual because I kept thinking about Brennen. Was he worried about me? What if something happens and I can’t make it home? I also forgot to wear my RoadID, which only compounded my mental anguish. Luckily I was able to persevere and walk the rest of the way home. I had planned on taking a picture at the end of the run to document our first time out together. But by the time we got home Brennen was still crying about the park and I was teary eyed about the wheezing, therefore this blog entry has no picture.
I have been pretty stubborn about going to the doctor about the wheezing. I kept thinking it would just get better over time. However, once I realized that I was a hazard to Brennen I knew it was time for an appointment. I am seeing the doctor this afternoon, so I will keep you posted.