One of the best things about being a SAHM is getting to spend all day every day with my gal Sal. One of the hardest things about being a SAHM is spending all day every day with my gal Sal. I’m naturally a bit of a busy body. I like to be going and doing and accomplishing. I always have a mental to-do list that’s pages long, scrolling through my brain. But when you’re a mom to a toddler, there’s really just one thing you can do most of the time — take care of the little munchkin. So I love when I can find ways to multitask when Sally’s awake. We do laundry together, grocery shop together, and from time to time, she even helps me sweep up all the food she’s thrown onto the kitchen floor.
But for the most part, I find myself frustrated with the lack of things I can get done when Sally’s awake. One of my to-do list items is going running a few days a week. If I try to get a run in before Sally wakes up, which is usually around 6:30 or 7:00, I have to get up before the sun. And once Sally’s down for the night, I’m oftentimes so exhausted that I just want to veg on the couch with Johnny.
The best option for me is to run when Sally’s awake. And I can either do that by running with her or by joining a gym. For me, running with Sally makes more sense. Since all I do is run, I wouldn’t even take advantage of the other perks of the gym membership. And a running stroller is a one-time cost, while a gym membership is a monthly fee. With a running stroller, I can also spend time with Sally in the great outdoors while getting in a good workout. So I was thrilled when BOB gave me the opportunity to try out their Revolution SE stroller. It has changed my life — at least during the hours I spend running each week.
I’d heard great things about BOB strollers and I’d read great reviews on Amazon, but I had no idea just how much I’d love using their stroller on my runs. Before getting the BOB, I’d been using a stroller that wasn’t specifically a running stroller, and the difference in it and the BOB was downright crazy. CRAZY, I tell ya. On flat terrain, the BOB basically pushes itself. And going up and down hills, making turns, and going over bumps is seamless. I rarely even register that I’m pushing an almost 30-pound toddler for miles. I love the stroller so much that I’ve been using it in my day-to-day comings and goings, too.
One of my main concerns was that I would think the stroller was too big. It does take up more space in our compact car’s trunk, but that’s probably more a knock against our car’s trunk than the stroller. It maneuvers so smoothly and folds up and down so easily that the size hasn’t even been an issue. I was also surprised by how comfortable it was for Sally. I was mostly wanting a stroller that made runs easier for me, but they make them easier for her, too. She enjoys a smooth ride, and she’s yet to complain even once.
This stroller has been on my wish list since the day Sally was born, but the sticker shock always deterred us from considering it as an option. But having used one now and realizing this stroller is built well enough to last us through the next couple of babies, I’m confident that we’d come out way ahead with this stroller instead of a gym membership. The bottom line is that this stroller might help active, running parents’ bottom line.
In short, I’m having quite the love affair with the BOB Revolution SE. Sorry, Johnny. If you’re in the market for a jogging stroller that will stand the test of time and make running with your kid easy, practical, and AMAZING, the BOB might just be right for you. Any other running stroller moms or dads out there?
*Heads Up/Disclosure: BOB was kind enough to provide the stroller, but we weren’t compensated to do this post. All opinions came straight from our own noggins, not some robot’s.