#in24 Finale 5k Recap – My First Race with the Running Stroller

This weekend I had the opportunity to take part in the Back on my Feet in24 Philadelphia Race Challenge. There were 4 different race events happening & I was able to run in the shortest distance available – but with my little man & our running stroller!

I worked with the in24 folks a few months back promoting this race weekend and they were kind enough to provide me with a race bib of my choosing. I’m in no shape to run an ultra race & with a new baby running a relay in the middle of the night wasn’t in the cards for me either, but I was more than happy to take part in the 5k race!
Finale 5k

The best part about the race {for me} was that I was able to take Brooks {in his running stroller!} with me during this run! I saw a dad with his daughter in a running stroller picking up his race bib & I then asked the race director if strollers were allowed. He gave me the go-ahead so I ran back home {we are a 5 minute walk to the Art Museum} and picked up Brooks! Charles & Jackson ended up joining us too so it was a family affair!

start line

I’ve run a BOMF race or two before – my most recent one being the BOMF 5 Miler – my first race {two months} postpartum. They always put together a great event that is filled with so much support, encouragement and enthusiasm from runner to runner. It’s great to see it in action and be a part of it all.

beginning of the race

Because this was my first actual race with the stroller, we hung out in the back of the start line as to not get in anyone’s way. I’ve run with Brooks many times in the stroller but this was his first official event, so we took it slow and steady. He loved watching all the other runners and since was an out & back run, he watched people coming and going from both directions – he even let out a few giggles and squeals for some runners passing by.

on the course

Side Note: We ran this race without the carseat & stroller adaptor for the stroller. We got the go-ahead from the doctor and I am not only very comfortable with Brooks’ head/neck support, but I was also very familiar with the flat road of the course too.

stroller running

It was great to have my little running buddy along for the ride. He loves being outside, enjoying the fresh air and people watching so it was a win/win for everyone. It was also nice to have Charles & Brooks there cheering us on {taking pictures!} and waiting for us at the finish line.

to the finish line on the stroller run

I’m really happy with my decision to run this race with the stroller. It was tough {and affected my time -> a 27 lb. stroller + a 17ish lb. baby = an extra 41 lbs. to push!} but it was a great experience to be able to do something like this so close to home. I’d been looking for stroller runs in the area for a while now & while this wasn’t an official stroller run of sorts, it was nice to have the option to bring by baby along for the ride.

race medal

5k was also the perfect race distance for us at this time. Brooks & I have done longer runs together {mainly during his nap time} but this 8am start time was nice to include him in the outdoor activity but it was also in the free time space between his morning nap and morning snack – so it worked out great timing wise.

running buddy

I love living in the city because we are so easily accessible to so many great events all the time. I also love continuing to keep fitness as a priority in my life and to now be able to show Brooks what it means to live a healthy, balanced life.

It’s also always nice to be able to get out there for a run on my own, but what’s not to love about having this little guy tag along for the ride?! I can’t wait to get out there again & find another race I can run with the stroller!

art museum steps

My official time results for the Finale 5K:

30:28 FINISH / 10:03 PACE / 24th Place {Female} 

Not too shabby considering the extra 41 lbs. I was pushing! 
race time

Thanks to the lovely folks at #in24 for a great race! I can’t wait to add this Finishers medal to my collection! 

Finale 5k Medal


Have you done a race with a stroller before?


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  • Reply Amberstarr82 July 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Great job! I haven’t done a race with our jogging stroller yet, but am hoping to run one soon. I’ve been using it for runs lately and it definitely took some getting used to regarding form.

  • Reply Rebecca @Strength and Sunshine July 21, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    That’s awesome! Congrats Leslie! (And to Brooks too 😉 Haha!)

  • Reply Ashley July 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    The picture of Brooks and you after the race with your medal in his mouth is too cute! Congrats to mama and baby! I’m a runner and expecting my first (a little boy!) in October and I recently found your blog and have enjoyed pouring over your old posts. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • Reply Haley July 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Sounds like such a fun treat for you and the little man!! Congrats 🙂

  • Reply Patty O July 21, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Congrats to you and Brooks! What an awesome experience for Mommy and Brooks!

  • Reply DoubleM July 22, 2014 at 7:39 am

    That is amazing! Good job!!!!

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