As runners, we have all made mistakes in selecting the right gear and/or clothing for ourselves, and we've all seen "those" runners on the streets or at a race who are running in, or with, something questionable. And you know you have fought the urge to lean over and say, "Hey, cotton sucks. Your life will be better without it!" But do you actually say it? No. But you want to, right?
Well, last night, as I was on my way home after my night class, I saw a woman out running with her child in a stroller. I've seen this woman a few times previously on my way home from night class, and aside from it being past 9 pm, and a questionable hour to have a small child out (for all I know, the run makes him or her fall asleep), what astounds me about this runner is her "running" stroller:
I'm just dumbfounded about this choice as a running stroller. Perhaps she knows no better, maybe this is what she has and so this is what she's made work, but I can't imagine how hard she's making it for herself, not to mention how uncomfortable a ride it would be for the child. And ultimately, running the mostly-dark suburban streets at 9 pm, with a 4-wheeled, collapsible stroller, just seems like a recipe for disaster -- you hit a divot in the sidewalk (and trust me, there are plenty -- she was running in an area that I run all the time), and BAM! Kid is face first in the asphalt.
I'm not the sort who would intrude on a stranger while she is running (not to mention the fact that, good lord, how scary would I be pulling over to the side of the road in the dark -- or worse yet, shouting out the window at her as I slow down) to inform her that an appropriate running stroller would make both of their lives easier and safer. But, the runner in me would really like to!