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Hump Day Giveaway: Compress Yourself

April 6, 2011
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Not coming to a store near you soon: Baby Mop Clothing. But I do like the idea.

I love new gear as much as, well, all of you, but I rarely gush about it. Warning: I’m gonna gush now. I’m not even going to do an introduction about this week’s giveaway because I just want to gush.

I got a pair of these 110% capris–or knickers, as they’re called–to test-drive a few weeks ago. Before I even put them on, I loved the idea: compression fabric–really tightly woven material that encourages healing blood flow to your muscles–that has strategically placed, large pockets over the knees, back, quadriceps, hamstrings, and lower back.

Which leads to you ask: what are those pockets for?
To that I would answer: to hold the slim sheets of ice packets that come with the capris.

So you go for a run in these capris, you come home, you slip in the ice packets over any areas that might need it, and–this is the genius part–you can go on about your multitasking life, making school lunches, helping with homework, feeding a bottle, folding the laundry. In order to properly take care of your muscles and joints, you don’t have to park yourself on the couch for 20 helpless minutes and bark orders to your kids. (“Feed me grapes! Now!”)

For moms, these cargo running capris rank up there with the sippy cup, the minivan,  macaroni and cheese, and Pull-Ups: They simply make life easier.

Capris built for the Inspector Gadgets--or mother runners--of the world.

I’ve worn them three times so far, and love how supportive they felt during my runs. Like Spanx, they kept jiggling and extra movement to a minimum. Once, I was really unmotivated to get up and run (big surprise right?), and then I thought, “Oh, but my cargo capris are clean!” I immediately got up. After each run I stuffed all the pockets with ice and did the normal a.m. routine. I noticed my knees, usually achy in the afternoon after a morning run, weren’t hurting and the rest of my lower body wasn’t quite so angry, either.

The only complaint I have about them, other than I don’t have a pair for every run, are they’re (necessarily) thick—they have two layers of compression—so I probably won’t be donning them in the summer. Then again, maybe I’ll just run with the ice packs in them…

I’ll stop my infomercial now so you can have a chance to win  a a pair of your own. All you have to do is answer this question: What do you think is the best invention for either mothers or mother runners?

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P.S. The winner of the Dansko clogs is Heidi Shepard, who takes care of her feet this way:

Being the Northeastern ‘yankee’ (as in bargain huntress, not baseball fan, I am a Red Sox fan!) that I am, I’ve tried several, inexpensive knock-offs that have worn down, out and even hurt my feet. So Dansko’s are my clog of choice. And a far too infrequent pedicure on the end of my size 10 toes is a oh so worth-it expense and joy!

Heidi: your toes (and wallet) will surely appreciate the new clogs. E-mail us at runmother at gmail dot com and we’ll get you and your size 10’s set up!

390 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2011 3:46 am

    While I don’t have one I think a jogging stroller could be the best invention for a mother runner. It allows you to get your run/sanity saver in and still be with your kids. Our terrain around here isn’t really good for a jogging stroller but it would be awesome if you lived in an area where it would be safe.

    Those capri’s look awesome! I never get to ice myself until hours after I run so this would help with that problem. My right knee hurt while I read this because it wants to wear them! Today might be an ice day!

  2. April 6, 2011 3:55 am

    Best invention for both runners and mothers is coffee. I know it is not an uber-cool running response, but it can motivate me to get out and run and also keep super crabby tired mommy at bay.

  3. April 6, 2011 3:58 am

    I would have to say my Belle baby carrier! It is made by people that make backpacks. It is super comfy! It has been a life saver to me and hasn’t hurt my back.

  4. Andrea Lehman permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:01 am

    I would have to say my athleta wind/rain jacket. I wear it all the time during three seasons. Comes off easy and I tie it around my waist. It has seen me through many rains and high winds. I wear it over many layers in wintertimes cold weather!!

  5. Nicole permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:24 am

    The best invention has tone a running stroller. I can’t run any other way. I’m pretty stoked about the hammock attachment I just saw for small babies. Definitely makes my life much more mobile.

  6. Jill permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:25 am

    B.O.B.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jodie permalink
      April 6, 2011 6:42 pm

      I totally agree. I have a B.O.B. Revolution for my son and now that we are expecting our daughter in the next month we have already purchased a duallie. I would hardly ever get a chance to get out and run if I didn’t have the stroller and once you go B.O.B. you never go back! Plus I like the fact that while my kids are young I can share something that I enjoy doing with them and my husband.

  7. Suzanne permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:33 am

    The Mommy Hook! I love that I can hang my bags on my stroller because, really, that basket underneath is never big enough!

  8. April permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:37 am

    Best invention for mom runners—the treadmill or joggingstroller. No need to give up running if the baby is sleeping and you need a good run.

  9. Anne permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:38 am

    The best invention for mothers… Hmmm. Good question. The minivan with DVD? Door locks on bedrooms? For mother runners I think the best invention is the iPhone. I can be reaches if my kids need me, listen to music, GPS my run and tweet about it later. All with one thing.

  10. Julie permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:51 am

    The jogging stroller is the best invention for mother runners. Without it I surely would not have found a way to get out there and run while my boys were little. It’s logged miles and miles and even though it is a very basic model, has lasted 9 years (with a few minor repairs) and it sure looks like it, too. Now that my youngest is almost 4, I’m a bit sad that the jogging stroller is getting close to retirement.

  11. Jamie M permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:59 am

    The best invention for mothers is the swaddle blanket. We LOVE the swaddle…
    For mother runners would have to be the sports bra. 🙂

  12. allison m permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:10 am

    I love my race belt. I can put my phone in the pocket and go.

  13. Monica permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:10 am

    There are so many great inventions but the one that got the most use for me was the jogging stroller. Mine is long gone now but, whenever I see one with a happy laughing child, it brings back some wonderful memories of past runs and of my little boy who isn’t so little anymore.

  14. April 6, 2011 5:11 am

    It’s a tossup.

    God made my first choice, so how do you compete…It would have to be my BRPs -Best Running Partners – my girl, Kimberley and my pup Roo (the former is my “extra mile” and the latter is my “get out of bed”) and I love em both.

    The other – a distant second but still valuable – is that little zip pocket over the booty of my running pants. It’s amazing (and sometimes a little scary) all that pocket holds.

  15. April 6, 2011 5:11 am

    For me, its a running friend with boys the same age! Ours are at the age they can stay by themselves for awhile! We run, they hang out!

  16. Carolyn permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:13 am

    For mother runners – hands down the jogger, with the spouse/partner coming in close second 😉

    For mothers – I forget what it’s called but it’s that bouncey, vibrating “chair” you can slip your baby into. I swear on my life i would not have surviveed those first years with my kids had it not been for that invention.

  17. Lori permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:15 am

    Best invention for mother runners – Netflix on the ipad. Now running on the treadmill isn’t so boring!

    Best invention for mothers – the backpack that you can carry the baby in. I got so much more done with a happy baby on my back than an unhappy baby in the pack-n-play.

  18. April 6, 2011 5:15 am

    The Treadmill, for sure. I have a second-hand one in the basement. It’s for emergency use only, but it’s seen many an emergency. With a sick kid at home or 12 inches of snow, I can still get my run in.

  19. Mary permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:16 am

    I think the best invention for mothers especially when they are Mother Runners is the iPhone. My son can watch a movie or play a game in his stroller while we are out shopping or running. At the same time I can use my running program to map my distance and times (even, mostly slow ones). I can take a photo or make a video of all the adorable or not so adorable things he does. We have a phone in case of an emergency, no matter how far we wander and if I get to use it myself I can choose from 100s of songs to suit my mood! Not a gadget person but I love my iPhone!!!!!!

  20. April 6, 2011 5:17 am

    Ummm, the JOGGING STROLLER!! Without it, I would go insane in the spring and fall. Part of my love of running is the joy of being outside. And with hubby’s crazy work schedule, I can’t always pick and choose when I get to run. With the jogger, I can take the girls on a run anytime and we all get to enjoy the beautiful weather.

  21. Jennifer L York permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:20 am

    As a Mom to a current toddler the jogging stroller! Yesterday the son had baseball practice so toddler and I got 6.51 miles in! Way better then riding the bleachers!

  22. Ann S. permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:30 am

    I am going to go with the running bra! I think the benefits are clear to all. 🙂

  23. April 6, 2011 5:34 am

    Jog stroller. No question about it. (Though I imagine sports nursing bras would have been super useful had I bothered to invest in them at the time…)

  24. Stacy M. permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:34 am

    Oh my gosh! It’s any hardcore sports bra that keeps” the girls” strapped in and where they belong when running. I could run with out shoes, but I could certainly never run without the BRA!!!

  25. Carolyn in NC permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:35 am

    best invention for mommies …………….CUP HOLDERS
    the ones in strollers, the van, the movie theater, etc…
    runner’s would, of course, want them for their water bottles
    mommies want them for sippy cups or just to keep spills to a minimum

  26. cindy permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:35 am

    My running belt is my favorite invention. I can throw in my phone, my keys, my inhaler and just about anything else I need!

  27. Kris Berry permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:37 am

    My best Mom invention has been the minivan….it’s been awesome with my three kids (3 and under). For running, I love my nano. Keeps me going!

  28. Rachel permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:38 am

    Currently I would say a madela double pump, used minutes before heading out to run makes it a much more comfortable experience!

  29. Amanda permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:39 am

    The iphone (and its apps). It’s my music, kids’ music, kids’ games, kids’ videos, weather, directions, a meal planner, camera, and the list goes on and on. I think it’s even got a phone too.

  30. Tricia Staley permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:39 am

    I wish I could say the iPod or something cool like that, was the best invention for a running mum. No, I have to say it is the Poise pad. I never had a strong bladder to begin with but after have my son it went to heck in a hand basket. It is getting stronger every day with every run and squat I do. I thank God everyday for the person the invented the Poise pad.

    :0( LOL!

  31. Kdubs permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:42 am

    My running shoes, of course! 🙂 Those are some crazy pants!

  32. lvrunning permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:42 am

    For mother runners: jog strollers and toaster waffles, hands-down! For runners: Garmin, no question!

  33. April 6, 2011 5:45 am

    I’m not a mother or a mother runner, so I’ll have to draw on the expertise of my friends – a treadmill seems to be what allows my mother runner friends to get it done once the kiddos arrive (whether at home or at a gym), second is a jogging stroller.

    Saw the capris at an expo recently and thought – ooh, need those! I think they also have (longer) shorts, maybe those would do for warm weather.

    Dimity – maybe Sarah can get a pair too and she can compare them to the Saucony compression suit she wrote about a while ago (and for the “dressed alike” theme she seems to be starting)

  34. Amy permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:49 am

    The jogging stroller! Without it, some days I would never get out for a run if I didn’t have it.

  35. MelindaK permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:56 am

    jogging stroller!

  36. Erica Richards permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:58 am

    Best invention for runners is the Garmin…mostly because we are all so anal that we need to know how far we went (yay me!), how fast we went (oh no!), how many calories we burned, and our real time from a race so we don’t have to stand in line pushing and shoving to see a piece of paper with print the size of an ant! We know how we did because we have a Garmin. (of course we do look later that night on the website just to make sure they got it right) Best mom invention…hmm, patience? Has someone invented that yet??

  37. Jen permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:00 am

    Wine, of course!! 😉

  38. April 6, 2011 6:06 am

    The calendar has got to be the best invention for Moms. There’s no way I could possibly keep my day straight, without forgetting anyone or anything, if it weren’t for my calendar!

  39. Billie Buck permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:07 am

    gym day care!!! woooo hoooo

  40. sharyn permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:08 am

    Wow! My baby turns 25 years old today. I just started running less than a year ago. But “back in the day”, the baby backpack was my must have piece of equipment. I get a little nostalgic every time I see another mother or father with their baby riding high in a backpack.

  41. April 6, 2011 6:08 am

    The jogging stroller by far

  42. April 6, 2011 6:09 am

    Definitely the jogging stroller. Not only is it great for getting out to walk, jog or run-they handle like a dream. The best gift I got when I had my daughter was my BoB Revolution, with it I don’t think I would have been so successfull with my weight loss goals 🙂

  43. Linda permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:10 am

    The best invention for any mom (runner or non-runner) is the playgroup! I joined a Motherlore post-partum group at a local hospital when my oldest was 3 mos. old. We morphed in to a playgroup that met officially once a week, but some of us got together more often. I can’t tell you how much those other moms saved my sanity with their advice and empathy. I really looked forward to Wednesdays. The kids are all turning 11 this year, and some of us are still in touch and great friends. I always said the class that started it all was the best $60 I ever spent!

  44. April 6, 2011 6:13 am

    For me, it’s a toss up between coffee (NECESSARY) and the minivan with the push button door opener. Need them both to get through most days…

  45. April 6, 2011 6:13 am

    I have to go with my BOB…even without other fancy stuff, if I can just get myself in shorts, shoes and a sports bra, if I have my BOB, I can bring my kid, which means I can RUN!!

  46. April 6, 2011 6:15 am

    Best invention for moms: the bouncy seat.

    Those capris would be great for someone like me who has bursitis and DOESN’T have the time to sit down for more than 3.2 seconds after a run to ice my hips. Genius!

  47. April 6, 2011 6:17 am

    The best invention for me AND the little monkey that calls me mom is definitely the COOP group at the gym. I wrote about it on my blog. http://livingrunnersworld.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/cooperative-rewards/
    Where ever we are stained next – if there is no coop I will definitely start one!

    • April 7, 2011 6:48 am

      Oops – I just re-read my comment! The stupid auto correct makes me sound less grammatically correct than I am – ;o) I meant to stay in my last line that where ever we are STATIONED next (military duty station)!

  48. Julie permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:17 am

    Nike+ – I ran on a cross-country team as a teenager, and miss the community & the competition aspects of running. The goals and challenges on the Nike+ website seem to help with that.

  49. Julia permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:18 am

    Without a doubt… the treadmill! While an outdoor run is always preferred, it’s not always realistic… Having a treadmill in the basement makes a run any day be realistic, regardless of what the baby is up to… (he has to sleep at some point, right??)

  50. Stephanie permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:19 am

    Hmmm..best invention for moms..the internet. Where else can you go @ 3am when you’re up feeding the baby for the 9 millionth time and commiserate with other moms via message boards, email, facebook, etc.

    For mother runners I’m goign to have to go with the treadmill. I do most of my weekday running @ night afetr bedtime or early early in morning, during the witner I’d never get any running done if i depeded on beign able to go outside- the treadmill keeps me going!

  51. Carrie B permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:23 am

    I think that the best invention for runners is the ice bath. I take one after my long runs and I do not ache in any way, shape, or form. I swear by it!

  52. Martha permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:25 am

    Childwatch at the YMCA (don’t think that’s technically an invention though), but it let me start exercising again – which got me running – which has saved my sanity!

  53. Momma please run home! permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:27 am

    The best “invention” for mother runners is BEDTIME! It is the only time I have during the day to catch up! Since I am an early riser and morning runner, I don’t have to worry about my kids losing out on mommy time for my running because they are still sleeping.

  54. April 6, 2011 6:27 am

    Best invention for mothers is the Ergo baby carrier. All five of my babies loved being carried in it. For a time, the only way I would be able to vacuum is if the baby was in the carrier.

    Best invention for mother runners is the sports bra. Gotta keep those girls comfy. My fav is the ones that clip in the back like a normal bra, Moving Comfort. Also, the velcro straps make nursing after a run doable.

  55. Lisa permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:27 am

    Baby Bjorn. While my daughter couldn’t stand it, I couldn’t even go to the bathroom without my son in it. He would cry all the time if I wasn’t holding him. Now, of course, I can’t even kiss him in front of his friends!

  56. Niki permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:30 am

    DVD players for the car…makes cross country travel so much easier!

  57. Kathy R permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:32 am

    Best invention for a mother runner……ANOTHER MOTHER RUNNER, of course.! I find this site keeps me connected to like minded moms, especially during the long winter months when I do most of my running alone! Sara and Dimity have really started a revolution of empowering running moms across the globe and I love it!

  58. April 6, 2011 6:36 am

    definitely the treadmill. i didn’t start running until my daughter was too old for a jogging stroller (though i’m sure even now at the age of 10 she’d happily go along for a run in one! lol) but without my tread, i’d never get any training done.

    i absolutely need a pair of those pants. i’ve been dealing with chronic hip/si joint pain for almost a year now and admit i’m bad about sitting down long enough to ice after a run. i wonder if they make a pair in business wear since i’ve been known to walk around my office with an ice pack stuck down the back of my pants! yes, my coworkers think i am insane!

  59. April 6, 2011 6:36 am

    The best invention? The BOB stroller. No doubt. That thing has saved my life.

  60. Amanda Newsome permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:39 am

    iPhone!

  61. April 6, 2011 6:42 am

    Best invention for mother runners? The baby-sitter. Hands down.

  62. April 6, 2011 6:46 am

    Now those are some very cool capris!

    Best inventions? A good sports bra — ‘nuf said! Also, an incredibly supportive husband – I don’t know if he classifies as an invention but I couldn’t get my running done without his unwavering support!

  63. Deborah permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:46 am

    Overall as a mother, the best invention I have had is my baby carrier (in my case, a Beco Butterfly). My 3 year old has special needs and developmental delays, so when he was unable to walk (he just learned a few months ago), I needed something to help me carry him and get things done. He is a stubborn boy who didn’t like riding in his stroller or shopping carts! With the Beco I could put him on my front for snuggle time, or on my back and do errands, clean, cook, or whatever hands free. Plus with him right up by my face, it is easy to talk to him and entertain him. I only wish I had one with my 6 year old!

  64. April 6, 2011 6:53 am

    Since my kids are all either BIGGER than me, and/or have children of their own, I can’t say my favorite invention is a stroller or minivan. For me, it would be my iPod. I wouldn’t be a runner today without it. I really like my Garmin, but I COULD run without it if I had to. So no question, the iPod wins. But then again, I wouldn’t run without my shoes either ….. or my clothes(Yikes!) …. especially my sports bra ….. wow, tough decision!

  65. CarrieP permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:54 am

    The ponytail holder… low, high, buns, messes, it’s up to you! And it makes that morning when you want to run a little longer but know you have to get to work so much easier. Just wash the hair, brush it back, and style as desired!

  66. April 6, 2011 6:55 am

    What came first? The chicken or . . . the sports bra? Without the sports bra there would be no Title 9, and definitely no exercise for me after breastfeeding. I can hardly walk down the stairs without some kind of support, so the thought of running without the super strength boulder holder is out of the question. The fact that I have to drop $50 to get a decent quality running bra has always bummed me out (especially after the up-down swings in size that motherhood brings!) but I simply can’t, no can’t go without it. Best. Invention. Ever.

  67. Maria permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:59 am

    The washing machine. If I had to do my 8 loads with rocks in the river, I’d be the biggest walking prune ever seen. Thank you to the inventor.

  68. April 6, 2011 7:02 am

    I read this post while I was on my treadmill at 4:30 this morning…but I couldn’t type my response then. But considering where I was, my answer was easy…the treadmill. I know some people have a love/hate relationship with theirs, but without mine, I couldn’t run before work (teaching junior high students) and therefore wouldn’t get to run at all. It’s my sanity.

  69. Nicole Griswold permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:05 am

    iPod shuffle…

  70. Karen permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:06 am

    No doubt – it’s my Athleta knickers with a built in skort. Running shorts do NOT look good on this curvy girl but I’m not afraid to be seen in public with a graceful skirt skimming my bottom!
    Woot-Woot.

  71. joy dickerson permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:11 am

    The best invention ever is a super supportive sports bra. I couldn’t really run until I found one that could keep the girls locked down. During my nursing days i also liked to call mine the bullet proof vest because it had the same protective properties and it looked just like one. I could not imagine running without the support of my bra. I would probably risk a black eye without it. It is absolutlely the most critical thing ever invented for mother runners!

  72. Christine McDuffie permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:15 am

    The internet. Brings us together and gives us hundreds of virtual training partners. Access to training plans, the latest info on the gadgets that keep us going, ability to order new running gear while sitting at work and many other advantages.

  73. ShelleyMM permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:24 am

    Two things: my husband and my garmin. The husband doesn’t complain (at least not to my face) about taking care of the kids on Saturday mornings during my long runs. He is very supportive in his own non-chalant, manly kind of way. My garmin keeps me focused; I ran without it last night and felt quite lost, literally!

  74. Val permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:25 am

    I think the best invention for mother runners is the iPod! My boys know that when Mommy is running with her earbuds in, it is “Mommy Time!” They know not to bother me unless someone is bleeding or passed out and not responding. I have told them it is because I can’t hear them, but sometimes I put wear my iPod and put in my earbuds, but don’t turn on the music!! Sometimes, a quiet run is the best run there is!!

  75. April 6, 2011 7:25 am

    Tough question… I’d have to say it is either the jogging stroller, ERGO, or a glass of wine.

  76. barbara permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:26 am

    The best invention? It’s the zippered pocket just above the butt of my running pants & capris …. phone, keys, tissue, everything fits in there? Of course I look like I have a strange growth on my back, but still…..

  77. Amber H permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:30 am

    I say the best invention is the jogging stroller. Don’t know how I would have kept up running without it. My schedule would have had to be determined by my DH otherwise. I love that I can hit the road with my kids when I feel like it.

  78. Judy permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:35 am

    The best invention for mother runners is the treadmill. I can run in the morning before the kids get up, I can run while supervising them watching a movie, I can run when there is 2 feet of snow and ice outside, I can run when it is 10 pm, the kids are in bed, and I finally have a minute for my self. If you have a treadmill, there are no longer any excuses not to run!

  79. Sara permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:35 am

    The BOB Sport Utility jogging stroller combined with a Bundle Me – with the chill of early spring weather this combination allows this Mother Runner to run 6+ miles all while my 4 month old daughter sleeps snug and sound along the way!

  80. April 6, 2011 7:37 am

    I love my hotsling baby carrier. It reduces the amount of time that I had to the one armed wonder..at last during those first 6 months! And I love the video baby monitor!! For the mother runner, i’d have to say my garmin and bob revolution are tied. Right now that I’m preggers, the garmin is great for interval training (so my walk breaks aren’t too long and so I don’t push my running too hard, what with the heart rate monitor and alarms that I can set to stay within good cardio range. And my jogging stroller: these days i cant go run without it either, as my time is more limited than the first time I was pregnant. My 2 yr old daughter likes to come jogging with mommy, and why not?!? It has cup holders and places for snacks and everything I need! Omg. And since our summers are 3/4 of the year….dri fit moisture wicking tech material makes me not so jealous of the folk who run without shirts. In fact, put your shirt back on, homie!!!! I’m running with my daughter here! 😀

  81. Melissa permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:37 am

    my B.O.B.- I don’t know how I would have gotten back into running so quickly after having my daughter as I did without it.

  82. Jana permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:39 am

    My favorite invention has to be child care at the gym. Now when hubby is out of town, I can still get my run in, albeit on the treadmill…but as a mother runner, isn’t ANY run better than NO run??? 🙂

  83. April 6, 2011 7:43 am

    For runners: The Iphone. I just got one and have the Nike+ app, and I really don’t know how I lived without it.

    For mother-runners: Since I don’t have a jogging stroller, I’m going to go with my foam roller. I can stretch out on my foam roller after my run, while convincing my kids it’s a toy to play with. It’s a win for everyone.

  84. April 6, 2011 7:46 am

    For me… the best invention is DEFINITELY the Velcro straps you can attach to the jogging stroller to keep sippy cups, toys and anything else attached to the stroller, so your kid-O doesn’t throw it over board, causing you to stop your run! Especially when you’re trying to accomplish a certain pace. 🙂

  85. AngG permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:47 am

    I’ve gotta go with many of the other moms here and say a jogging stroller as well. Like getting a car when you turn 16, a baby jogger is pure freedom on wheels after 9 (10!) months of gestation and healing. Sure, you can run when you’re pregnant, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll feel a bit weighed down- I know I did. It’s also better at navigating any terrain tougher than the inside of the grocery store than a regular stroller and has a bigger basket and more pockets. At least mine does. My jogging stroller also has a music player that I plug into my iPod so the little person and I can rock out to her Yo Gabba Gabba CD’s while “we” run. This keeps her very content (read: longer runs for Mommy).

  86. Callie permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:51 am

    For Mothers–what we call the “Baby Straight Jacket” but what is more widely known as a Miracle Blanket. It’s a swaddle wrap that is pretty much completely bust proof from that little arm that always gets out at around 3am.

    For Mother Runners–Easily, the jogging stroller. My daughter is almost 3 now and I’ve used the heck outta that thing. Never bought the big stroller that matched my carseat because that was big and comfy enough for her to use even when we weren’t running. But, she knows now that when it rolls out of the spare bedroom, she needs to put on her “Running shoes” because it’s time to go out for a jog!

  87. April 6, 2011 7:54 am

    babysitters

  88. April 6, 2011 7:56 am

    This morning, it’s the razr scooter! I spent too much time not getting my kids ready for school this morning and we NEEDED that scooter to get my daughter to the bus on time this morning. (Too bad it couldn’t have also made the lunch that I forgot to make for her!)

  89. April 6, 2011 8:00 am

    Best invention as a mom of three busy sons 2 and under.. the treadmill, washing machine and your baby can read.. I get my quiet time when they’re watching “your baby can read” and dear lord if i had to wash their clothes by hand I’d go crazy..

  90. Susan permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:01 am

    The best invention for this mother runner is my Chariot stroller/bike/ski trailer. It’s a dream. Set-up and break-down are super fast, so I can dissasemble and resassemble it in a heartbeat, before my carseat passenger gets upset. It’s lightweight and of course versitile. My 2 year old will take a 2 hour nap in it, while I get in some much needed miles. I would miss out on a lot of running if not for this nifty item. Love the Chariot.

  91. Meg permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:07 am

    The massage! An hour of quiet “me” time soothing those sore muscles.

  92. Jules permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:08 am

    The YMCA…where I can get there, leave my kids with someone else, and then decide if I want to run on the treadmill, the outdoor track, or the neighborhood around the building.

    • Jules permalink
      April 6, 2011 8:09 am

      Oh, and my iPod. Couldn’t live without my tunes. I always make a playlist with enough songs for as long as I will be running, but then put it on shuffle so that I have a nice surprise.

  93. April 6, 2011 8:08 am

    Mrs. Kuehfler, the woman who runs my gym’s childcare. I know that she is technically not an “invention for runners”, but she saves me three times a week so I can go running without my kids, even if it is on a treadmill. Pretty sure she is the reason for my sanity.

  94. Kim L. permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:13 am

    Best invention for running… SPORTS BRA!!
    Best invention for moms…Strollers!

  95. julie v permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:15 am

    Wow – I just made a wish for ‘ice pants’ (since everything ached and I wasn’t sure what to ice first) on my Facebook page after 22 miles last Saturday…my friend just sent me this link!! Awesome knickers! Best invention for mother runners that I’ve encountered lately is the foam roller…it has saved me $$ on massages…and I can use it anytime to destress from running and mothering.

  96. April 6, 2011 8:17 am

    Can I possibly say, without sounding like a kiss up, this website? I am motivated and informed as I’ve ever been!

  97. ann permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:19 am

    The treadmill for sure. I often have my little grandchildren and with a treadmill I can still get in a run while they nap!

  98. Mary permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:21 am

    For running mothers, I cannot live without my BOB.

    As just a mortal mom, it is simple, but the teething rings you put in the freezer…. my baby is getting her first teeth and it makes her so quiet

  99. Rose permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:22 am

    The best invention for mother runners has to be extremely understanding Daddy Daycare!

  100. Rebecca Upchurch permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:22 am

    The Internet. It Allows new runners, experienced runners, new moms, experienced moms to find information about their issues and share/ support each other through it all: Victories and Dfeets. 😉

  101. April 6, 2011 8:23 am

    The best invention for mothers and mother runners? The Internet! Whether we need to order groceries to be delivered, consult with Dr. Google, commiserate with other mothers, read reviews to figure out which stroller/sports bra/diapers/running shoes will work best, or escape into the blogosphere at the end of a long day, the internet can be a lifeline for those with small kids.

  102. April 6, 2011 8:28 am

    Love the lululemon compression tights – my newest find and what I’m loving now – a great invention for me and all moms!

  103. April 6, 2011 8:33 am

    Brilliant!

    So many good ones. With my babies, I couldn’t live without my sling or Ergo. Made grocery shopping easy peasy.

    As a runner, again so many good ones. If I had to pick ONE thing it would be a foam roller.

  104. April 6, 2011 8:35 am

    Best invention for mothers: Kleenex. Sorry, we’re going on 4+ weeks of sickness. I’m so tired of runny noses.

    Best invention for running mothers: running. 🙂

  105. Keri permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:41 am

    Compression socks, I just got a pair and I love them. Mother, or mother runner -comfort for the legs that are always on the go.

  106. April 6, 2011 8:43 am

    Sippy cup tethers to jogging stroller so you don’t have to stop every five seconds when your kiddo tosses the sippy cup as a game!

  107. April 6, 2011 8:45 am

    If you read Jess’s blog at 21 Days you might have seen my comment on her post about a mom running with an umbrella stroller. I was that mom 20 years ago. I was, frankly, young and poor. One of the reason I was running so much was I really couldn’t offer much in the way of recreation and for me running was the best recreation I could find. I wish I had tracked my miles on that little stroller because Army Son and I went every where. He rarely complained and he was in it for over 5 years. So when I say that a jogging stroller is one of the best inventions for a running mom, I speak from a place of experience. Army Son would probably agree.

  108. Terry permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:45 am

    Since so many have already mentioned the jogging stroller, I want to mention a feature that my jogging stroller had, a tray. So while I was running when my kids were smaller I would put up the tray and they would play with their toys. They would also eat the cereal and dried fruit concoction that I made for them which they called “trailer mix” (named when they were riding in the bike trailer.) It definitely kept them from crying and whining which got me about 30-60 minutes of “me” time!

  109. Linda Williams permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:47 am

    I love my Garmin 305. I’m an information junkie, so I like knowing my distance, pace and time as I complete my run.

  110. Shirley permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:48 am

    Grandma! My kids grandma has driven 45 minutes to be at my house by 5:30 AM so that I can drive to a half-marathon. She rocks and I love her!

  111. katy mc permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:48 am

    Nap time. Although, I don’t think that is really an invention.

  112. Jennifer permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:49 am

    Best invention for moms: a jog stroller and one of my husband’s patted waiting for me when I get home from my run!

  113. Holly permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:49 am

    Best invention . . . gotta be the running stroller. 🙂

  114. Bethany permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:50 am

    Best invention for mother runners: hands down, the jogging stroller. Once the hubby went back to work after my baby was born, and he was still too young for the gym’s childcare, the stroller was a saving grace that at least allowed me to get outside and move, even if I wasn’t allowed to run yet. And as for naps? Hello! They’re the perfect nap-inducing tool.

    Best invention for mothers, in general – The Moby wrap. I LOVED this thing. It was perfect for soothing a fussy baby, while not always being confined to the rocking chair or wearing out the arms.

    I always tell new mommies or moms-to-be that my two favorite baby items were my jogging stroller and my Moby wrap.

  115. Jennifer permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:50 am

    Ok, so I wrote “latte” and auto correct changed it to “patted?” sorry friends!

  116. April 6, 2011 8:51 am

    This is a hard one! The best invention overall for moms, I would say are slings/baby wraps. SO MUCH EASIER than lugging around a car seat. For runner moms, since I never could afford a jogging stroller, I’ll just have to take everyone else’s word for it 🙂

  117. Anne permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:52 am

    Compartment plates that keep foods separate – easy to load up and carry to the table and those picky kids don’t have to worry about noodles touching their apple sauce. I am slowing weening my kids from them – On Sunday night everyone gets a adult plate – “fancy dinner” night.

  118. Lyndy permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:55 am

    The best invention for mothers- I would have to say Barney. Yes, Barney. Best invention for mother runners- jogging strollers! I remember, before I got my own jogging stroller, trying to take my daughter around the block in her umbrella stroller. Talk about a rough ride.

  119. Koby permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:56 am

    Hand held Fuel Belt & Yankze
    Purchased Both for My 6 Year Old Son So We Can Both Go Run!

  120. Angela permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:56 am

    The jogging stroller — I couldn’t run without it!

  121. Renee permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:57 am

    For new mother runners – the breast pump! Seriously, empty those babies out and let dad feed while you are getting your well deserved and much needed road time!

  122. April 6, 2011 9:00 am

    The best invention for me as a mother runner would have to be the running skirt! I can run so much farther when I look and feel good 🙂 I even have one that does not have compression shorts under it, so that I can wear it with tights or capris.

  123. April 6, 2011 9:01 am

    A decent sports bra (Moving Comfort is my fave) is the best thing ever. Before MC, I thought us large-chested ladies had to stick to low impact activities.

    Now I’m a happy Mother Runner.

  124. Julie Fredericks permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:02 am

    I loved my Ergo baby carrier. It didn’t help much with running, but it made getting around with my second child so easy – I would just strap him on and we could follow my 3 year old anywhere.

  125. heidi permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:04 am

    the best invention for runner moms has been the Nike App on the IPod or Iphone because it keeps track of all my miles and calories burned, so that I can get all my runs in and be a better mom because I can take care of everybody in my family including me.

  126. April 6, 2011 9:06 am

    The best invention (EVER!) is the sports bra. I would literally have two black eyes after a run without one (ok, I wear two at a time!).

  127. Jean H permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:12 am

    I’d have to say the Mesh Fresh Food Baby Feeder is a great invention. You are supposed to use it to give your kids fresh veggies or fruits without worrying about the choking hazard (which is a great concept but SUPER MESSY). I personally use it for teething. I can put a couple of pieces of ice in it and my son can suck and gnaw on the ice cubes, it stops his teething pain (and the screaming and crying that goes along with it – both mine and his.) I even use it when he’s just throwing a fit or on a hot day, it calms him down and gives me back my sanity for a few minutes! I only wish I had discovered it before my 3rd child.

  128. Tara Loorz permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:15 am

    For me – my breast pump was crucial with my son (I would not have survived breast-feeding without it!) As a mother-runner, I would have survived marathon training without my fuel belt.

  129. April 6, 2011 9:18 am

    Wow, this is actually a tough one for me! I am thinking that I have to agree with those who have said the internet – with that comes this website, a huge support network, the ability to use my Nike+, an easy place to find races (I just found the one I am going to run in September – my first half!!), and more.

    (PS How awesome are those pants?!?!)

  130. April 6, 2011 9:19 am

    Naptime/Qiuet time. Without that brilliant idea (after mastering the task of getting multiple kids to take it at once) I wouldn’t be here, trying to get free capris.

  131. Jenny permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:21 am

    There are lots of things that come to mind, but as the mother of 4 boys (including twin 1 yr olds) I am most thankful for my treadmill. It allows me to get in my workout, on those many days when I otherwise would never escape the house. 🙂

  132. April 6, 2011 9:27 am

    I’d say my baby moniter!!! After the kids go to sleep or before they wake up I can go down to the gym and run or workout in peace and be able to hear if they wake up so I know when to head back upstairs. Best. Thing. Ever.

  133. elizabeth permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:27 am

    Hands down best invention for running mothers? Other running mothers. Nothing is better than someone to run with, kvetch with, share funny baby stories with — and nobody gets this as well as another running mother.

  134. Stephanie Flinn permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:27 am

    The best invention? I believe that came from moms’ themselves…who else understands the demands, the stresses, the joys, the sorrows of parenting but other moms’? When moms’ who run realized there were other running moms’ who understood…the support network began. Talking with those who understand and motiviate each other is the best invention, no gadgets or shoes or clothes can take the place of encouragement from someone who shares a similar lifestyle and passion. Run. Moms. Run. We got your back!

  135. April 6, 2011 9:32 am

    I’m a mom-to-be, but I would say the jogging stroller would have to be the best invention. I have to keep running after my baby is born and a stroller leaves me no excuses.

  136. April 6, 2011 9:33 am

    It’s a toss-up between the jogging stroller (without which my oldest may never have napped, and that’s mostly true of my youngest as well), the treadmill (necessary for days when the weather is not fit for a jogging stroller), children’s bikes (for children who no longer want to ride in a stroller but who can’t stay home alone yet…granted, my oldest doesn’t pedal fast enough for me to do any more than a slog currently, but that will change!) and babysitters or gym daycare so mom can run in peace.

    My personal fav is the jogging stroller (see: children napping).

  137. Lori N permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:38 am

    Babysitters 🙂

  138. Dawn Pfahning permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:40 am

    I didn’t become a runner until I was 50 and my youngest was 16, so a running stroller wasn’t needed (except I have one now for my 7 month old grandson who lives with us). The best invention for me is the foam roller. I discovered my hamstrings and ITBand don’t hurt nearly as much if I can remember to use that roller before, after and in between runs. These capris sound amazing. Maybe I’d ice like I need to, but never seem to get around to doing.

    FYI, I love your blog. Even if I am an ol grandma!

  139. Dawn Pfahning permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:41 am

    I didn’t become a runner until I was 50 and my youngest was 16, so a running stroller wasn’t needed (except I have one now for my 7 month old grandson who lives with us). The best invention for me is the foam roller. I discovered my hamstrings and ITBand don’t hurt nearly as much if I can remember to use that roller before, after and in between runs. These capris sound amazing. Maybe I’d ice like I need to, but never seem to get around to doing.

    I love your blog. Even if I am an ol grandma!

  140. Erica permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:44 am

    I’ve been eyeing these pants! (How great would it be not to tie ice bags on my legs with old long-sleeved tees?) Tx for offering the giveaway.

    Not a mom, but imagine that the jogging stroller is a great invention for allowing moms to run smoothly (assuming a sleeping baby).

  141. Holly S. permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:44 am

    I think I have to go with jogging stroller. My kids are too big for it now, but for a few years it really saved my sanity. I know plenty of people who prefer to run without kids, but running with them is better than not running at all.

  142. April 6, 2011 9:45 am

    Honestly, I think the best invention for mothers and mother runners is outside help and support. I am able to GET AWAY and run when my husband watches the boys. I am able to leave and recharge… which is a MUST for this tired, crazed, mother runner. 😀

  143. Holly permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:46 am

    I definitely think the best invention is the jogging stroller. Great to be able to get a workout in while spending time with the kiddo or not having to wait for daddy to get home to watch him.

  144. April 6, 2011 9:46 am

    The greatest invention for me was the cell phone! My kids were 7 and 9yrs when I started running. The youngest was too little to run/bike and too big for a stroller. It was so much easier to slip out for a 30-60 minutes run when I knew they were only a phone call away!

  145. Nicole Cascio permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:46 am

    hands down, the 3-wheel jogging stroller. can you imagine pushing a shopping cart around on every run?? I don’t think so…although these capris might come in at a close 2nd.

  146. Sarah permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:46 am

    i will have to go with running itself. Going for a run makes me a better mother :).

  147. Jenn permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:47 am

    I am not a mom yet, so let me take a stab at this one: The washing machine. Washing clothes by hand seems like a big pain in the rear…especially if you have more than just one person’s clothes to wash! Then, not only casual wear and work attire, but running clothes too? Yup, the washing machine.

  148. Theresa H. permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:49 am

    The jogging stroller. While running away from my kids is usually one of my motivators for running, I usually have to take them on runs with me. So I just bought a new double jogger (well, pre-owned but new to me) and take them with me. Now I tell them instead of them chasing me, I’m chasing them. We all get along much better when Mommy can run.

  149. Katie W permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:57 am

    The bicycle for sure! I still haven’t figured out how to run with 3 kids, but I can get them all attached to my bike and then we are set. Plus, on those days that I really really don’t want to run I can somewhat justify my slacking off with a bike ride.

  150. Kristen F permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:09 am

    a babysitter! and a great running partner and wine.

  151. stephanie stanton permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:15 am

    The best invention for a running mama is not an object. It cannot be bought at the grocery store or farmers market. The one and only thing an active mother needs and desires is a supportive partner who’ll stay home with sick kids while mama runs out the door in relief!

  152. April 6, 2011 10:19 am

    The best invention for moms in regular old day to day life (after indoor plumbing) has got to be the Mr Clean Magic Eraser. I don’t know whats in it or how it works so well but those things clean ANYTHING and so easily.

    The best invention for mother runners…hmmmm…. that is tough. But if I could only have one running piece of equipment other than my shoes it would be my Garmin 305, so I guess I will go with that. Love it!

  153. April 6, 2011 10:32 am

    Best invention for moms that run is the dad/babysitter. I love my kids, but sometimes I just need a break! I also could not have done any of it without a jogging stroller. We have a love/hate relationship, but it makes it do-able and really limits the amount of excuses I can come up with for not going. Also: FB, Blogs, RLAM…..all are a huge positive

  154. girlsworld permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:37 am

    Best running invention? Portable music. Back in the day I remember carrying a walkman when I ran.

    Best mother invention? Booze. Because there are days where you just need a little relaxation at the end of the day.

  155. Jeannie permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:39 am

    running skirts and iphones. Running skirts just make me happy, the iphone keeps me from worrying about the kids needing me while I’m out running.

  156. Michele permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:49 am

    Whenever my mind, body, or soul needs to be wrapped in a warm blanket the steam room does it for me (and my kid)… to recharge the mom/runner batteries, after a good workout, during a particularly bad cold/flu, or for no reason at all, steam helps to get all the gunk out.

  157. GretchenZ permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:51 am

    Cell phone! It just gives you peace of mind. (And them, too-like the call ” Mommy, can I have some cheetos?”)

  158. m l permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:56 am

    best invention? the internet! the connection, support and advice is priceless!

  159. Heather permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:57 am

    Best invention for running mothers… for me is a supportive husband and my treadmill! He watches the kiddos whenever I need to go for my long runs and the treadmill helps me get in my short runs during the week. I love them both, but not equally! ; )

  160. Karen F permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:00 am

    Best mother runner invention? The daddy. Honestly without my husband my goals and my thereputic runs wouldnt be possible. Behind every mother runner is an ‘athletic supporter’. Ahem.

  161. tamara permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:03 am

    Wine is the best invention for moms.

  162. Shay permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:04 am

    Running Skirts – specifically the “Happy Hour” longer length skirt from Skirt Sports. I can run or run errands without being concerned that someone is getting a sneak peek at my cheeks!! Ipods are a close second… nothing helps me thru the tough spots like some good tunes.

  163. Rebecca E permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:06 am

    Hands down, Moving Comfort’s Fiona jog/sports bra. I’ve tried many jog bras an nothing compares! As a mother runner, I remember those days jogging with engorged breasts while breast feeding and that bra keeps the girls 🙂 well encapsulated, and that bra is virtually bounce proof. I am no longer breast feeding as my boys are older but that is by far, hands down, my favorite jog bra! Best invention for this momma runner! 🙂

  164. Carrie Symes permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:07 am

    Day care at the gym is the best invention of all!! (that is if you’re child does not have separation anxiety!)

    Those pants are so awesome!!

  165. cfrisoni permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:08 am

    Jog-stroller. Fresh air for the both of us. We can talk about what is happening in the neighborhood and the cool animals we see on the bike path. All around good fun.

  166. Karen permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:11 am

    My running partner – it is like a scheduled girls morning out that forces me out of bed and allows me to spend time with my friend when the rest of the week is so crazy we’d never meet up!

  167. Liz permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:12 am

    My treadmill. That has made it possible for me to start running & stick with it.

  168. Kristin D permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:16 am

    wow this is a tough one. I think the best invention for moms is the internet. I don’t know how I would have been a SAHM without it. I have made so many connections, so many friends online. I have such a huge support system that I worry about being isolated without it. As a mother runner, I love going online and mapping my runs out and tracking my miles.

  169. April 6, 2011 11:17 am

    The best invention for mother runner’s…the sports bra. 🙂

  170. J.L. permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:20 am

    The best invention for mother runners has to be the treadmill, and the iPod has made the treadmill surviveable (is that word?)

    Today the best invention for mothers is refrigerated cookie dough. It made my kids think I was the best mom ever, without leaving me stressed and cursing the clean up. My son even said, as we were scooping the dough out of the plastic tub, “Mom, you make the best cookies ever!” I know, I know.

  171. April 6, 2011 11:20 am

    Best invention for mother runners is husbands. Without him, I would never be able to make this all work.

  172. Kate Meyers permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:22 am

    Best invention is the BOB Stroller, but my number one reason is not that it is a good jogging stroller, but that when walking it can easily be pushed one-handed — allowing busy, tired mom to either sip a coffee or catch up on a cell phone call to mom and dad while getting fresh air for mom and baby!

    Second choice is Netflix streaming over Blue-ray player to TV…..countless episodes of Dora and Dinosaur Train available for my 3-year-old – we try not to use it too often, but “Special Thursday” TV evening is a welcome break for all….

  173. Tracy R permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:23 am

    The best invention is my running hat. May hair is long enough for a ponytail but hairs start popping out mid run. My hat keeps everything in place. LOVE IT!

  174. Steph permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:28 am

    http://www.dailymile.com It’s tough to coordinate training schedules when you have kids at home, but this website lets me connect with other runners to train virtually and do a little venting as well.

  175. Sue permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:35 am

    The best “invention” for mothers and mother runners is the ability to let go of the guilt that consumes us when we are taking time for ourselves to run. I discovered this “invention” only recently, and unfortunately spent many years without it, thus sacrificing my “me” time, my running time, and my sanity to spend the only “free” time I had with my kids. Not any more–the invention of guiltless running has been the greatest, most liberating thing ever. That and lots of wine 🙂

  176. April 6, 2011 11:37 am

    So my kids (6 of them) are all middle school and older now and I am old enough to remember the days of no cell phone, so my vote goes for the cell phone…and maybe my amphipod fanny pack I carry it in.

  177. rebecca permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:39 am

    Jog stroller or treadmill for mother runners.
    For mothers- coffee, chocolate…

  178. Kristen permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:40 am

    I’m a technology girl, so for me, it’s the iPhone. I can be reached while I’m running, listen to music, and track my progress with runkeeper at the same time. It can also entertain my kids while waiting in boring lines, doctors offices, etc.
    Hulu and streaming Netflix have completely transformed my treadmill experience. My laptop fits right on the magazine platform and I can be entertained for miles. My favorite is running while watching “Spirit of the Marathon”. So inspiring!

  179. Kelley permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:40 am

    Has to be the jogging stroller!

  180. April 6, 2011 11:43 am

    My personal favorite mommy invention is the swaddler blanket! My 5 month old son will not sleep without it! He loves being securely wrapped up! This is also my favorite ‘running mother’ invention because I run while he’s sleeping!

  181. Steph Johnston permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:46 am

    The Jog Stroller is the best invention for when I can get outside to do my runs, but for the days I have to wait for the kids to hit the sack, I appreciate the treadmill.

  182. April 6, 2011 11:47 am

    Oh gee, I would soooooo love to win these. As a mother of 3 kids 5 and under I could sooo use these babies. Now I have to think of an answer that will make me stand out from the 3,000 or so people that will be commenting on here. good grief. Of course I want to say the jogger stroller! Hello Holy Invention of all Motherhood gifts ever made for the running mama! Of course. Clearly, this invention is the GOLD nugget of all nuggets. I mean, you don’t even need clothes or fancy gear to run if you have your ticket of freedom…You can run naked if you wanted to if you have your jogger stroller. Oh, the freedom I’ve had from my jogger stroller! Strap em in, store some snacks and drinks, some books…maybe even a movie for those extra long runs. And go! You don’t have to wait for you husband to get home from work, you don’t need to wait for your kids to finish their nap (they can nap in the stroller) and you don’t need to take life at a snail’s pace (or two year old’s pace). If you have the right stroller, you can even tackle some grocery shopping on your run.

    Oh, and for those mamas that have nursed three kids and are left with nothing but lame saggy nipples, a must have for racing and running is The Handful Bra! This might actually beat the jogging stroller for originality. Ha! All you tiny boobie ladies, check it: http://www.handful.com/ I will never go back to my normal unflattering sports bra ever ever again!

  183. Cathleen permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:49 am

    the best invention by far is the running stroller especially one for all terrains as well as the baby backpack for hiking…i wish i had made the investment when i had my daughter just modified my time out on the roads without her. these inventions are great for mom and kids get to spend great time together in the outdoors.

  184. April 6, 2011 11:50 am

    Best invention for mothers: screen door! Kids can be outside in the backyard and moms can be inside cooking dinner, folding laundry, paying bills, [insert activity here] all while staying within listening distance of each other. Plus, the fresh-air-sans-bugs-in-the-house helps to freshen up stale winter house smells.

  185. April 6, 2011 11:56 am

    The best invention for runners is the sports bra. BY FAR.

  186. Kate B. permalink
    April 6, 2011 12:03 pm

    I would say the greatest running invention for me is the running skirt. Mine has a perfect size pocket for my cell phone and it’s so comfy. I was just coveting all of the adorable styles on runningskirts.com. The best mommy invention for me was the bouncy seat…my kids loved that thing.

  187. Bente permalink
    April 6, 2011 12:05 pm

    coffee!

  188. Julie B permalink
    April 6, 2011 12:05 pm

    Best invention for me was the double jogging stroller. The twins sat in it for almost 4 years on a weekly basis. Best $400 ever spent!

  189. Jen permalink
    April 6, 2011 12:07 pm

    The best invention for new mothers is the removable car seat. It makes your little one so portable and I’ve let my daughter sleep in hers more often than I’d like to admit. Plus I can click the car seat right into my jogging stroller. She naps, I wog. I can’t imagine what my mom did without one.

  190. Suzanne permalink
    April 6, 2011 12:10 pm

    The best invention for this mother runner-ish type person is childcare at the gym!

  191. April 6, 2011 12:13 pm

    Well, as I sit here after a very hilly 10 mile trail run, shifting the ice pack from my hip to my glute to my hammy to my calf, I’d say the best invention are those capris you’re giving away. Fingers crossed!!!!!!

  192. April 6, 2011 12:28 pm

    the best invention would be the new-ish hire at my gym who is an early bird and lets us get into the gym early….she starts cleaning at 330am and opens the door for us at 430am! love her

  193. Marianne permalink
    April 6, 2011 12:44 pm

    Not an invention, however, the best gift for a mother runner is a SOLITARY run. Enough said.

  194. Tamica Kenyon permalink
    April 6, 2011 12:48 pm

    Well being a pregnant, running mom of going on 9 children I LOVE anything tha has the word compression in it. Ummm considering I have a little tucking I need even at my “good” weight;)

  195. April 6, 2011 12:53 pm

    The best invention for mothers, mother runners and people who have to deal with said mother runners has to be ibuprofen. It’s the wonder drug that helps with the after-running stiffness, inflammation, headaches, cramps and all the other things we have to deal with as women and as mothers. Couldn’t live without it! Though I try to limit myself to taking it only a few days a week, on long run (or needy kid) days – it’s my crutch til I can make it to the end of the day couch and wine break! 🙂

  196. Ashley permalink
    April 6, 2011 12:58 pm

    Best invention for Mothers: the massage therapist that comes to my house every few weeks. I’m an ICU nurse who works night shift and when I know I’m coming home to a relaxing (if I’m going straight to bed) or invigorating (if I have more to get done before I sleep) massage I almost skip out of work.

    Best invention for Mother Runners: the Bundle Me. Allows my twin 2 year olds to tag along on my runs, no matter the hour or weather. My challenge now is finding a triple jogging stroller so my 10 week old can tag along (in her very own Bundle Me, of course) for our girls’ time.

  197. Joy permalink
    April 6, 2011 1:12 pm

    The best invention for a mother runner has to be the jogging stroller. I love my double BOB b/c it allows me to get out there and get my run in while two of my kids are strapped in and comfortable. If someone could invent something to keep my older two closer to me and the stoller as they speed off on their bikes, it would be great. The best mother invention would, hands down, be WINE! 🙂

  198. Lori Michewicz permalink
    April 6, 2011 1:26 pm

    A treadmill is my lifesaver! Would love to always run outside, but with a treadmill, I have no excuses and my 5 year old daughter understands that it makes me a better mom when I can get my run in. I just started running last year with 5K races. I am down 70 lbs. and am doing my first half marathon in two weeks. We will see where the road takes me next.

  199. Celeste permalink
    April 6, 2011 1:45 pm

    Treadmill! I couldn’t get in most of my runs if I didn’t have the treadmill in the garage to hop on to when the kids are sleeping.

  200. Jessica Russell permalink
    April 6, 2011 1:46 pm

    Since so many moms have already mentioned the jogging stroller (the BEST invention), I’ll mention two good inventions that are indispensable once the kids are in the jogging stroller: the Snack Trap and the leash to hold the snack trap to the jogging stroller. Simply insert Cheddar Bunnies, place in childrens’ hands and go.

  201. April 6, 2011 1:48 pm

    For mother runners the jogging stroller and treadmill — but for mothers everywhere — hands down it is “Pay at the Pump” for gas. I love anything drive-up — drive-up Starbucks and dry cleaners come in tied for second. Lugging 4 kids inside for any errand is a hassle, drive-up keeps me sane!!

  202. Donna permalink
    April 6, 2011 1:49 pm

    a 90 minute lunch break!! I’m a single working mother and although I only have 60 minutes for lunch – I would LOVE to have 90. It’s my guilt free get-away time. After working 8 hours plus commute time, I can’t stand to spend any extra time away from my little dude. I would also say, as many have, the jogging stroller except that my boy never took to having to sit still in that thing and letting mommy run.

  203. Katie S permalink
    April 6, 2011 1:50 pm

    I’d have to go with a sports bra and washing machines (cell phones a close second). I couldn’t imagine not having either – yikes!

  204. CindyAZ permalink
    April 6, 2011 1:53 pm

    I think the best invention for Mother Runners is a really supportive sports bra. After nursing my two babies my boobs, well, they just hang there like a rock in a sock. So anything that can hold them in and maybe add a little perk is a good thing.

  205. Kathy S permalink
    April 6, 2011 1:54 pm

    I would have to say the best invention for mother runners is the treadmill. As much as I would much rather run outside – its not always possible with a breadtfeeding newborn and a potty training 2 year old. The treadmill saves my sanity.

  206. April 6, 2011 2:03 pm

    Have to say the best running invention is the sports bra. When my kids were little, the only running I did was to chase them around.

  207. April 6, 2011 2:18 pm

    Seriously, I think one of the best inventions for mother runners is the BOB jogging strollers! They are amazing and I would NOT have been able to keep up my running without one!

  208. April 6, 2011 2:18 pm

    Hands down the best invention for mother runners is the jogging stroller: the BOB Ironman to be more specific. I can’t think of a better way to both spend time with my daughter AND get my run in without feeling like I have sacrificed one thing for another. It is an absolute GODSEND!

  209. Atha permalink
    April 6, 2011 2:18 pm

    Wine to drown out the whine(s)! Ok so maybe it wasn’t invented for running mothers but I like to think it was.

  210. April 6, 2011 2:23 pm

    Mommy mode: jogging stroller. Without the kids: my iphone (pandora stations)

  211. Kelly K permalink
    April 6, 2011 2:26 pm

    The best invention for moms is a supportive spouse. My man helps with the laundry, helps clean up after dinner, motivates me to do my best… I know it sounds sappy, but my husband is one of God’s greatest inventions =)

  212. Jackie permalink
    April 6, 2011 2:35 pm

    The best invention for mothers (especially of older kiddos) is definitely the Iphone. I’ve got everyone’s calendar right at hand. I have entertainment for the kids, as well as an e-reader for me while I’m sitting around at doctor appointments and baseball practice. It’s also great for the athletic mama since it’s got my Strands workout software that not only has a GPS in it but keeps track of my workouts as well.

  213. Tammi permalink
    April 6, 2011 2:35 pm

    Coffee. As in when I get done running, I can have my coffee!

  214. Ann permalink
    April 6, 2011 2:36 pm

    My top two would be nursing pads…(so many times I should have been walking around with wet spots on the front of my shirt! Thank you nursing pads!) AND the Bob Duallie! I could tolerate running with the less expensive jogging strollers when I just had one little baby. Now that we have two I can’t imagine using any other stroller. Thank you BOB.

  215. Christine Voita permalink
    April 6, 2011 2:45 pm

    Hands down, best invention for either mothers or runners….the ALARM CLOCK. No matter how early my kids get up each day I can beat them thanks to the little box next to my bed and the only excuse I have is “I’m just too tired”.

  216. April 6, 2011 2:48 pm

    For running mums (at least for this one): the jogging stroller. That said, though, I’m sick to death of pushing +60lbs of metal, fabric and grouchy 3-1/2 year old around… I can’t wait until summer and I can finally run on my own again in the evenings!

    For mums (of preschoolers in particular): kid-sized backpacks WITH a leash! I know it’s not PC to call it a leash, but if you have a runner like I do it’s perfect. My son thinks he gets his own cool bag to carry snacks and toys and I can haul him back if he starts to run away. Win-win! 🙂 Only problem now is that he’s territorial about the whole thing so he asks to hold the leash himself…

  217. Heather permalink
    April 6, 2011 2:59 pm

    I’m going with the water belt. Mine’s an Amphipod and has space for water bottles, cell phone, car door clicker, gels, and baby washcloth (just cuz you never know when you’ll need it). I even stitched some velcro on it and superglued the other piece to a can of pepper spray so it’s always handy. I look/feel like a world’s cheesiest super hero with a utility belt, but it’s mostly to avoid embarrassment. Since having my daughter, I have learned it’s best not to pre-hydrate. I must simply sip as needed. So if I’m going to run long, or run at all in the summer heat, I must have my belt to “hold my water.”

  218. April 6, 2011 3:00 pm

    Neat idea on the capris, though I think without your ringing endorsement I’d be a little skeptical of all the pockets and wonder if I’d use them. But I do like the idea of compression and the big, bold 110% on the back there. But who knows this could be my new favorite invention. For now, though it’s my headphones that go with my shuffle that let me change songs and adjust the volume of my tunes. Not too exciting, I know, but I love it!

  219. April 6, 2011 3:12 pm

    For mother, I would say a sling or wrap for carrying baby. I wore mine out with each of my kiddos. I could walk everywhere with them close to me.

    For the mother runner, I would say a jogging stroller. It is easier to just go when you don’t have to arrange childcare.

  220. April 6, 2011 3:15 pm

    My favorite invention for mothers is the DVR. 30 minutes of Handy Manny buys me a shower and shaved legs on most days!

  221. Sabrina permalink
    April 6, 2011 3:22 pm

    Best invention for mother runners has to be the gym daycare. It gives me a break from my kids and keeps me running all year long!

  222. Denise permalink
    April 6, 2011 3:24 pm

    For me it would be the alarm on my iphone that goes off (quietly) early in the morning so I can meet my running buddy at the track or go to the gym, and then be home and showered before the family is awake.

  223. Carla permalink
    April 6, 2011 3:39 pm

    A spouse that will actually help! All kidding aside, I’m gonna go with motrin because it helps me to survive a Saturday of fun after a long run.

  224. Melissa permalink
    April 6, 2011 3:42 pm

    Spandex and similar materials that keep everything moving in the same direction.

  225. April 6, 2011 3:51 pm

    Headphones.. No seriously.. Nothing like putting mine on while I am running on the treadmill and seeing little mouths moving and me pointing to my ears and saying I can’t hear you.. just 10 more minutes.. THEN all 3 need to HAVE to tell me something… oh Headphones I love you so.

  226. April 6, 2011 4:02 pm

    The cell phone is the best invention ever. I felt much more comfortable leaving the house to run, even with hubby in charge, with it than without it. I also think I am able to run before dawn much more confidently because of it! I know if I get in a bind, I can call someone to help.

  227. Katie permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:05 pm

    The treadmill. A necessary evil in my life. As much as I love running outside, its nice to have in the basement for the days that I can’t get even 30 minutes away. Second would be the tv in front of the treadmill to entertain the kids while I get my run in.

  228. April 6, 2011 4:06 pm

    For mother’s I’d have to say the “Itz Been Timer” – sounds totally lame but when you have a newborn it is a lifesaver to see how long it’s been since they last ate, slept, were changed. I didn’t have one for my first but with my second I LOVED IT!

  229. sarah permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:07 pm

    good jogging strollers! maternity running gear, pregnant ladies can still run and need good technical gear. oh, and running skirts!!!!

  230. Kristen permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:35 pm

    For me, it’s the 2 pairs of clapping hands at the end of every race. The best “creation” a mother could ask for. And the high pitched screams of my husband, next best thing!

  231. Amanda permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:49 pm

    The best invention for a running mother is a supportive husband – he doesn’t mind when you take an hour (or two) run then a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon. He encourages you to go for those runs when you have a long list of “more important things to do” and is there at the finish line of every race.

  232. April 6, 2011 5:04 pm

    hands down…a great sports bra. i’m currently loving my champion one…but there are a few out there that i’ve been eyeing. how does a mother runner live without a good one to contain the ‘girls’?

  233. Christine permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:06 pm

    Absolutely any “spandex” under garments. I love my Under Armour shorts, I hate the jiggle when I forget them!!

  234. Jenny Womble permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:15 pm

    As a straight up mother, I would have to say the best invention ever is the Summer Baby Monitor complete with color video and infrared camera. I am embarrassed to admit that we can monitor two rooms since the handheld unit has an “A” and “B” switch. Yes, I still glance at my 4 year old on occasion.

    As a mother runner I would have to say my Chariot double jogger has been instrumental in allowing me to go our for a run with the kiddos. If it was somehow self propelled or had some assistance, that would be a nice little feature!

  235. Kelly N. permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:18 pm

    My vote is for the wind/rain/snow shield for a running stroller. This contraption has saved me from having to quit early A LOT! I do get some nice looks when I have the kiddo bundled up in below freezing weather, but honestly, I worry about overheating (and have often stripped them mid-run) them with the shield before I’d ever worry about them being too cold.

  236. Megan permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:19 pm

    What an awesome pair of capris! I might have to add them to my christmas list. Shame christmas is so far away! The best invention for this mother runner is a treadmill. I’d never be able to log the miles I do if I couldn’t go down to the basement at 9pm to get my run in.

  237. Nikki permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:24 pm

    Best invention for moms? The jogging stroller and the Starbucks drive thru are a tie!!!!

  238. Natalie permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:53 pm

    The best invention for running Moms is the double jogger.

  239. Rosalyn Suazo permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:53 pm

    Best invention would be the babysitter, I love my kiddos to death, but enjoy a nice long run on the weekends alone. Most of the time the Mr watches the kids, but when he cant…. Hands down a sitter!!!

  240. Sarah permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:54 pm

    The best invention for this mother has been the treadmill. Get up early before the kiddos to pound out a few miles and I am good to go!

  241. Beth B. permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:54 pm

    Best invention = drive-thru Starbucks. Those things were a Godsend when my son was a baby – and napping in the car, or I needed him to nap. Pop into the car and take a drive! LOVED IT!!!

  242. Amy permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:56 pm

    Definitely the jogging stroller.

  243. April 6, 2011 5:56 pm

    Best invention for mother runners? Supportive husbands. 😉

  244. cathy cretella permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:56 pm

    the jogging stroller!

  245. Cynthia permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:59 pm

    The best invention for mothers is the BabyBjorn. I loved that thing! I could walk around and have my hands free while my kiddo just slept all cozy next to me! Best thing for a running mother though…..a husband who supports getting away and running b/c it’s what’s good for me which means it’s good for the rest of the family too!

  246. Becky C permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:59 pm

    I think a really tight, supportive bra is the best “mother” invention!! Can’t do without it after a big weight loss and 3 kids in 3 yrs 🙂

  247. Richele permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:59 pm

    A high compression running bra…especially if you’ve nursed two kids!! Compression pants are great too for the jiggle thighs!!!! 🙂

  248. Melinda permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:03 pm

    If it weren’t for a good sports bra and and iPod, I wouldn’t be able to talk myself into running b/c of how it could adversely affect my neighborhood.

  249. Jeanne D permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:03 pm

    The best invention for me has been my Garmin Forerunner. I have a hard time running without it. I can check my pace, my distance, I can even program it to beep at me every mile. And I love coming home, syncing it up, and seeing how I performed overall and how many calories I burned!!!

  250. Lori Bondy permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:05 pm

    I love my Blue Tooth Wireless Headphones……leaves me from entanglement (=stranglement) when struggling w grasping little hands while getting out the door. 🙂

  251. April 6, 2011 6:08 pm

    While I love the freedom the B.O.B. gives me, I love the restraint the moving comfort Fiona gives even more 🙂 Better yet, when I finally get around to making and having number three, the easy-release velcro strap will make it easy to nurse without struggle (because just what you want to do when you’re done with a sweaty run is nurse, but….)

  252. Lori T. permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:10 pm

    Definitely the jogging stroller…if I didn’t have one of these, there would be days where I wouldn’t get in my run!!

  253. Geli permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:11 pm

    Seamless running bras. My favorites are the C9 brand one that I find at Target. When I was training for a half marathon I kept getting chafing marks (like, bleeding!) at the bra line, so was happy to find them.

  254. April 6, 2011 6:12 pm

    I love running with my kids in the joggin stroller… on shorter runs. For those long runs when pushing 60lbs in front just doesnt sounds like fun I LOVE that my gym has daycare. I don’t know if that is considered an invention but it is one of the biggest enablers when it come to my running. My husband and I have opposite schedules so I prefer not to do my “long” run on the only day we have off together. If any of you ladies run without daycare please tell me how you do it. I seriously dont think I would be the runner I am today without it.

  255. Steph J permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:12 pm

    Definitely the Garmin and the Spibelt!!

  256. April 6, 2011 6:12 pm

    The B.O.B jogger, hands down. I have used my EVERY SINGLE day since the arrival of baby three! Why I didn’t have this amazing invention for babies 1 and 2 I do not know!

  257. Jill O permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:15 pm

    Best invention for mothers is tivo! Especially for pregnant mothers who have to pee every 10 minutes. Best invention for mother runners is husbands who don’t mind looking after the children while said mother runners do their long runs on Saturday mornings 🙂

  258. Kesha permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:16 pm

    I can’t do without my ice pack wrap that allows me to ice my knee and take care of the kids and chores well after my run. But having pockets in the capris for ice is genius! I need to get a pair of those for sure! Icing all areas at once! Love the idea of running w/ the ice in the summer – ha!

  259. Melanie Conley permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:16 pm

    Best invention hands down: the Margarita!!! :). Seriously, though, I would have to say for me it’s either the Brooks winter running jacket I just bought this year or the Buff! 🙂

  260. Miriam Patient permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:18 pm

    Portable DVD player: Best. Mommy. Invention. Ever.

    My favorite Mommy Runner invention is a toss up between The Stick and the Trigger Point roller.
    Both medieval torture devices, but it does my pesky IT Band good! I am actually on my second Stick. I had to rush out a buy a new one after accidentally rolling over it with my car! (Had one of those “mommy days”)Those tights looks like it could possibly be my new best friend!

  261. Alison permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:20 pm

    The Sport Bra!

  262. Kristin permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:21 pm

    A supportive bra!!!

  263. Debbie Sindone permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:22 pm

    Definitely the jogging stroller. It allowed me to get out for running, walking, or inline skating with my son when he was little which also helped me set a good example for him for a healthy lifestyle.

  264. April 6, 2011 6:23 pm

    So many choices jogger, ipad, ipod, but for me it was the treadmill. I started on the treadmill after my second daughter was born. To this day it is still the only way I can sometimes get my runs in. I live in the hearty midwest where it can snow in April so a treadmill is a blessing.

  265. Dawn McGrath permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:24 pm

    Not really an “invention” but super important nonetheless…this mother and runner could not do it without the support, flexibility, and encouragement of her husband and family. they just get it … and not everyone does.

  266. Jodie permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:24 pm

    A foot massage is the best in my opinion, especially if it’s given by my husband rather than done by the two machines I have!

  267. Melissa Krile permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:25 pm

    I’ve never tried them, but I’m thinking compression socks if they actually work. However, these capris look awesome! My hamstrings would be very happy. 🙂 It’s a shame they’re so expensive!!

  268. April 6, 2011 6:26 pm

    Best running invention? My iPhone baby.
    I was a runner in the days that my walkman was whacking against my side with every step and the orange foam headphones got all sweaty. I even tried to run with a portable CD player… once. Add GPS powered running apps to the perfect sound, and I’m in heaven!

  269. April 6, 2011 6:27 pm

    Most of the time I consider wine to be the best invention for moms.

  270. Tamera permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:28 pm

    Wraps! They work for carrying tiny babies or toddlers and double as blankets for snuggling. My 5 year old still loves our wraps and I can still wrap and carry her when she’s sick. 🙂

  271. April 6, 2011 6:31 pm

    I’d say my Droid. It allows me to track my distance/pace/etc, have my tunes AND be in touch in case someone needs me. A very close second is my waterproof SpiBelt that fits so well I can’t even feel it. Today I even took off my running pants with it still on as I had forgotten it was there!

  272. Alexa permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:32 pm

    the jogging stroller!!! I could not wait to get back to running and that baby made it possible!

  273. Jeana permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:32 pm

    Based on the review, I’d have to say those capris would rank pretty high on my list! But since I don’t have any, I’d say that Grandpa is the best invention ever. He watches my kids so my hubby and I can do our long runs together (and while we go on shopping dates at the grocery store). My new treadmill is a close second.

  274. April 6, 2011 6:33 pm

    Hands down the Ironman BOB running stroller, or any running stroller. It has allowed to be to be a great mom AND a great runner. I don’t miss any of my training runs and it gives me time alone with the kid. We sing songs, we play I spy, she naps, mommy stays sane. My fav. is running the 2.5 miles to the farmer’s market on Sat with my daughter in the summer and then home. The run home is a lot harder with the groceries in the bottom!

  275. Libby permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:38 pm

    Girlfriends!

  276. keedokes permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:38 pm

    Best invention for mothers? …Grandmas!! :oD

  277. Danielle permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:39 pm

    Hmmm… Best invention for mothers? Wine.
    Best invention for mother runners? In my case, the alarm clock. And the understanding husband. Without them I probably would never ever EVER make it out the door.

    Those are some fancy pants!! What an awesome time saver. And cute to boot!

  278. Jenine permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:40 pm

    Definitely my spi-belt. It holds my lip balm, phone, GUs, and provides an extra bonus service. As us mother runners lose our baby weight, the spi-belt works wonders for holding up our pants/capris that don’t have drawstrings. 🙂

  279. Julie B permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:40 pm

    My favorite invention is my garmin. I know how far I run. I know how fast I run. I know how long I run. And best of all, I can set it to beep at intervals to give me a walk break without feeling like I am a wimp because I can’t keep running without said walk break.

  280. Julia permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:42 pm

    best invention for mothers/mother-runners: THE BABYSITTER.

  281. Candice Kingston permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:43 pm

    Playlists!

  282. Colleen Wyckoff permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:45 pm

    Best invention for mother runners? Family & Friends willing to watch the kids while we log all those miles!

  283. amy veen permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:46 pm

    My running belt. Great for keeping my inhaler..phone..chapstick..and my water! A purse for the running mother..oh yeah..my ipod!! Couldn’t do it without that!!

  284. Laurie permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:49 pm

    RLAM (change never comes easy for me) and my husband who unselfishly keeps the kids during long runs.

  285. Lindsey permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:49 pm

    Awesome sports bras and my jogging stroller keep me going as well as my awesome husband who kicks me out the door without the kids and asks what I want for breakfast when I get back from my long run…that rocks!

  286. Danielle permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:50 pm

    Best invention for mother runners… Enell sports bra

    Best invention for mothers… adult beverages

  287. Kathy Kappert permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:51 pm

    Someone may have already mentioned this as her favorite invention…her own mom. Who else do you call when your child won’t sleep or does something incredibly funny? Plus, my mom is next door (no, not Everybody Loves Raymond here) and watches my kids while I get a run in if I can’t get it in otherwise since my husband sometimes works weekends. I do vote caffeine second.

  288. GottaRun permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:52 pm

    Zensah Calf Sleeves for me.

  289. Jane permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:55 pm

    Aside from the oh-s0-important super-duper-built-like-a-fortress-underwire bra, I’d have to say the Road ID, so when I pass out one day on the trail, the good folks who find me will be able to find my husband and know that I don’t have any allergies and that my blood pressure is indeed *that* low. Mine says “Run like a girl” 🙂

  290. C G-C permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:00 pm

    Running stroller gets number one on my mother runner list, but the nursing sports bra is a very close second. Like these tights did for you, a clean nursing sports bra gets me out of my funk and ready to run. Keeps my “girls” compacted without hardly a bounce, allows me to run with my darling girl, and be able to nurse her when needed- for those runs to the coffee house for a chat which turns into lunch ect…. I’m so thankful for that bra and the stroller that gets us to be able to run!!!

  291. Tina L permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:06 pm

    Since my kids are grown, I never had one of these… but if I were a mother of small children – my vote would be the jogging stroller. I think if they had these when my kids were little, I might not have waited until I was 40 to start running!

  292. Jackie permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:11 pm

    Definitely the jogging stroller. I can run without needing a babysitter, give the hubby some alone time and add a little upper body strengthening to my run. Oh, yeah, and entertain my daughter at the same time- she loves to ride.

  293. Lizzy permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:12 pm

    My vote would go for the jogging stroller, even though i don’t need one anymore. The jogger is what got me running in the first place!

  294. April 6, 2011 7:12 pm

    Favorite for this mother runner? The blogs. It’s so nice to see that other people have the same struggles as me. It makes me feel like I am not alone in all of this!

  295. Kaci permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:14 pm

    My favorite running invention is the garmin, but I don’t think it’s the most necessary – I’d say a sports bra is the most necessary (for a lot of us mother runners anyway!).

  296. Shannon Chalden permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:14 pm

    Well, I just started running and my son is 2 1/2, so from that perspective, I’ll have to say the best invention, as a mother, is the mesh teether. When my son was going through the dreaded “teething” stage, we stuffed all sorts of frozen fruit or juice ice cubes in the mesh and let him gnaw away to soothe those gums! Win, win for everyone. 🙂

  297. Jolene Cannady permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:15 pm

    Tim Horton’s Coffee!! I am Canadian and live in North Carolina where there is not a Tim Horton’s in sight. They have the best coffee ever!!! Canadian coffee!! YUMMY!! If I want a quick wake me up before a run it is a cup of Timmies brewed in my coffee maker.

  298. AnneMarie Karnbach permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:17 pm

    ipod.

  299. Amy permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:18 pm

    The first thought that came into my mind… WINE!! The minivan is a close second though!

  300. Lonisa permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:24 pm

    My first thought was the jog stroller but after second thought it would have to be races that let you use a jogging stroller! Sometimes you want your kids to be a part of something you love to do!

  301. Beth Jensen permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:24 pm

    I also think the jogging stroller. There is no way I would have found time or energy to train for 3 marathons (and maintain my sanity) since becoming a mom with out it. Also, the kids love it because they know that usually runs mean a stop at the playground!

  302. C Freeman permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:26 pm

    The best invention for me is my light green Garmin Forerunner 405. It’s cute and girly, and is the best running gift I’ve given to myself. 🙂

  303. Rhonda permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:27 pm

    Best invention for this frugal mom of a tween is Netflix watch instantly via the Wii. We just have basic cable but with the Netflix my son feels like we have a movie channel. And it encourages togetherness because we can find something good to watch together.

  304. Jo ronk permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:28 pm

    SPI belt!

  305. Jacqi R. permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:30 pm

    Before reading the other comments, I was thinking the BOB stroller – and gym daycare. Why? While my husband has been spending Saturday and Sundays with long Ironman trainings, the BOB has allowed me to take my little one on My own runs where I can run to the gym, swim or do weights while she’s having fun in daycare, and run back home where we stop mid-way to play and snack at the playground. These two things have allowed both of us to keep our insanity while Daddy’s gone for several hours.

  306. Martha permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:33 pm

    Definately the treadmill, otherwise I would never ever be able to get all of my training runs in for my races. My kids just run around while I run for miles and miles!

  307. Wendy B permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:33 pm

    The things I can’t live without as a mother who is trying to get anything done away from home, including running, are sippy cups and portable healthy snacks. My daughter’s current favorite snacks are tubes of yogurt and squeezable applesauce.

  308. Lisa permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:35 pm

    Body Glide…no need to explain!

  309. Alison Price permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:35 pm

    I started running when my youngest was 4…..so didn’t get to do the running stroller thing, otherwise that would be my obvious choice. I pick running skirts and dresses. After all….when I run it is not about being a mom, but about being a woman, and what better way to say that then to wear a girl outfit and look strong and cute at the same time?

  310. Trish R permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:35 pm

    My Running Mom lifesaver is most definitely my treadmill. While some may call it the dreadmill, it gives me choices and flexibility. I run when I want, as long as I want – Day , night, rain snow sleet hail, sick kid, husband home late all the road blocks and excuses that throw themselves in my way are tossed aside by the simple green START key . Off I go to RLAM!

  311. Angela permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:37 pm

    When my 4 babies were little, I used my baby sling everyday….shopping, cooking, walking, etc….it was the best to have my hands free, especially to tend to the other kiddos!

  312. Karen permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:37 pm

    Definitely roadid.com — it makes me feel a lot more comfortable going out for a run while my son’s at school, knowing that if something happened, my shoe can help me get medical attention and let his school know I won’t be meeting him at the bus. (I added a line to mine with his school name.) But these tights look great too!

  313. Kristi permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:42 pm

    Best invention for mother runners…. well, I am seriously coveting a nice jogging stroller and I would so love a garmin to make my runs less planned and more fun, but I am all about leaving the hubby and kids on a Saturday morning and running with my girls or even solo, so YAY for Saturday morning cartoons to keep the kids entertained and for a supportive husband who wakes up enough to pour milk on the cheerio’s 🙂

  314. Heather permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:42 pm

    The best thing to get me out the door is my husband. He comes home from work, sees a frazzled me and takes the girls to the park and tells me to GO RUN.

  315. Alison T permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:50 pm

    Mothers? Hands down, the sippy cup. Before that, the pacifier. Mother runners? Babysitters. 🙂

  316. Kim permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:54 pm

    For the me the best mom gadget is the Ergo carrier. I love to be hands-free.

    The mom runner in me can’t decide between the iPhone, running skirt, or Frog bra by Title 9 (I’m still-nursing and this things keeps everything under control),

  317. Marisa permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:55 pm

    Best invention for mother runners: BLACK running capris/pants. Because the bladder isn’t what it used to be after childbirth…

  318. Megan permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:04 pm

    Running skirts with functional pockets.

  319. April 6, 2011 8:12 pm

    So many things to choose from….but for me, a good sports bra. The girls weren’t all that small before and post nursing they just don’t stay in place. Though I do have to say, for a busy mom, these look INCREDIBLE!

  320. Jen permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:14 pm

    Sunglasses, simply because of their versatility. Not only do they shade your eyes from the sun but they have the ability to be an inexpensive and quick alternative to sleepless nights, a morning run that went a little long and applying makeup was the part of the routine that got cut. They can show off your style and provide protection to everything from your corneas to a bruised ego. Protection, comfort, and always a bit of coolness!

  321. Miquelyn permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:19 pm

    Although not the same as running in the great outdoors, the treadmill allows me the flexibility to run whenever I can fit it into my schedule…..even at 2:00 a.m. if necessary.

  322. Michelle MacD permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:20 pm

    I have to say when I read the question, the first thing that popped into my head was “doors that lock”! And I stand by that thought, I”m a go-with-your-gut kinda gal! However, if it wasn’t the invention/evolution of the treadmill for the home gym, I never would have started running! It doesn’t matter what time of day it is or if my husband can make it home, with the right distractions, I am able to squeeze in a run whenever I want to!

  323. Christy permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:21 pm

    the jogging stroller…I don’t have a double one, even though I should, but the idea alone of being able to pack people up and go without having to find a sitter…pure genius! I do agree with the treadmill as a good runner up….at least you don’t have to go anywhere, even if you do have to run to Dora to get it in. At least it’s running….

  324. Renee permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:32 pm

    I started running about a year ago – my son was just about to turn 5 – I have to say that the best mother invention for me is my husband! He has been so incredibly supportive of my running and doesn’t mind in the least when I leave for a run on Sunday mornings or when I run out the door at 6:30 at night as he walks in! He’s the best!

  325. tricia robbins permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:35 pm

    Hmmmm I think breast pump, sleepy wrap and wine. They all help with before, during and after running!

  326. Carol permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:48 pm

    The breast pump! It allows mom to get out for a run and dad to feed the baby!

  327. Tracey Smith permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:50 pm

    The treadmill and a good sports bra. They both got me through running and nursing!

  328. Jennifer permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:52 pm

    I think the headlamp with adjustable tilt is the best invention for mothers who have to get up and run before there is a hint of light outside. Especially at this time of year, when everyone seems to have trimmed their trees and out limbs along the side of the street, it is a safety necessity!

  329. Jessica Terrien permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:06 pm

    Best mommy invention is the electric double breast pump. I heard the horror stories my mother-in-law tells of trying to pump with a hand pump and I am ever so happy to have my Medela pump! It sure will make the runs easier on the “girls” once baby #3 is born this summer. I’ll have to checkout the Handful website when I get done nursing, because it’ll be back to pancake city for me;)

  330. Maxine Athena Jennings permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:07 pm

    Garmin!!

  331. April 6, 2011 9:13 pm

    -A good, supportive husband and a good, supportive bra, both of which make for refreshingly solitary and rejuvenating runs.
    -The freezer, which, when used to its fullest, promises a nourishing cooked-before-this-moment-and saved-to-save-this-moment meal at the end of an impossible day.

  332. Sally Hess permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:15 pm

    Those capris are brilliant!

    I think the best invention might be the internet. When I’m feeling low and don’t want to move my body, a few clicks and I’ve got an inspirational story to take with me! This blog has been so great, as I’m new to running and trying to balance family + life + running. Thank you!!!

  333. Jen Koozer permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:09 pm

    iPhone! It gives me my pace, distance, maps, phone, bus stop info, to do list, Facebook, email, text (connect wih oher mamas!) google, Elmo videos (which allowed me to get a pedicure with kid in tow!) news, talk shows, shopping….and a whole bunch more stuff I haven’t even figured out

  334. Jamie permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:27 pm

    I would have to say the kid’s club where I workout. They watch the kids while I work out. I can even go running! I have gotten to do a lot more runs now that I have the kid’s club!

  335. Abbie D permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:35 pm

    Best invention – modern washing machine. Sure it sucks how much time is still spent sorting, loading, unloading, switching and folding the mountains of laundry that come with being a mom…but throw back to the waffle-boards or crank machines, boiling water over a wood stove and lye soap (since at the time it was the only option – great.)…seriously, can you imagine?
    Best. invention.

  336. Jules permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:44 pm

    Best invention for this running mom was the RLAM book! No, seriously…loved, laughed, cried, and completely related to every page of this book. Next best invention…Garmin!

  337. Becky permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:56 pm

    The Dumdum sucker! Without it the double jogger is a nightmare. Every run my kids get two. The one who can make theirs last the longest gets 1st pick of flavors for the 2nd sucker. No cavities yet and the fighting/complaining has stopped. JOY!

  338. Patti Crookshank permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:33 pm

    best invention for me? Ipod shuffle.
    runner ups – no pun intended: small pockets that aren’t heavy to keep my gummy bears in. and lycra ( helps keep everything sucked in). and wicking fabric (I sweat alot – I am an older mother). and moving comfort bras (see keeping everything sucked in & the sweating aspect)….

  339. Jen Gould permalink
    April 7, 2011 12:58 am

    A good sports bra, moving comfort.

  340. Stacy K permalink
    April 7, 2011 12:58 am

    I saw someone else mention this, but I really feel the internet and social sites like Daily Mile, blogs like this, etc are awesome for mothers and any other runner. The motivation and shared yays and boohoos really make a difference in getting me out there. And I’ve made some great friends in real life through DM too!

  341. Becky Enright permalink
    April 7, 2011 1:18 am

    I have to say the treadmill. Even though I would much rather be outside, it totally allows me to run when I have the kids (when i need it most)!

  342. Marissa permalink
    April 7, 2011 3:32 am

    OK, at the risk of sounding like a complete brown-noser – I have to say this website. I love my jogging stroller and have used it to death, so it could be a close second. But this forum offers giveaways of products I might not ever otherwise look at twice in the store, lots of great advice, inspiration from other moms, and just a wonderful community to draw from. It’s nice for me to know that there are so many of us out in the world juggling motherhood, family, jobs, and running.

  343. Carmelots permalink
    April 7, 2011 4:25 am

    Holy cow! Those look awesome!! Greatest must have for this mother runner is as simple as my shuffle. Best escape from work and family pressures!

  344. Alisha permalink
    April 7, 2011 5:53 am

    One of the best things for me? Running skirts that hide my post-3-baby hips and make me feel super cute!

  345. Anna Sanchez permalink
    April 7, 2011 6:45 am

    A babysitter!

  346. Jocelyn Patterson permalink
    April 7, 2011 6:54 am

    I have to say either a nice jogging stroller, or a bike trailer. A mom on the go always needs nice equipment for when you have a choice of either not exercising or taking the kids along.

  347. iliana permalink
    April 7, 2011 7:51 am

    LilyPadz! They allowed me to run while nursing and not feel like I was leaving a trail of breastmilk behind…. Also as a combo, sports bras that hold the girls in place…
    and I agree with a comment above that says “Coffee”!

  348. Mandy permalink
    April 7, 2011 8:15 am

    The best invention for mothers (and mother runners)…the supportive family and friends who understand why you just need a good run and offer to watch the kids while you’re gone. I couldn’t do it without them.

  349. April 7, 2011 8:26 am

    Wow! So many good comments… wish I had time to skim through them all…

    For me, it’d have to be my new iPhone. *Love* all that it can do and that I am both accessible when I am out and that I can call if I would need assistance.

  350. rushartist permalink
    April 7, 2011 8:39 am

    This week I’d have to say the best invention for mothers or mother runners is the locking door. It gets me that 5 minutes of privacy I need to breathe, calm and readjust my attitude for another stint in the trenches. (It’s spring break. Can you tell?) I also could not function as a mother or a runner without coffee.

  351. Jill in Little Rock permalink
    April 7, 2011 8:53 am

    Best invention has to be the iPhone. I can listen to tunes while running, know I won’t miss a call from school, and hand it over to the 5-year-old when I just need him to go race a car, I mean learn some spelling 🙂

  352. Missy permalink
    April 7, 2011 9:00 am

    Compression gear rocks! I have not had luck finding compression pants that I like and these look fabulous!

  353. sandra m. permalink
    April 7, 2011 9:01 am

    A supportive husband, jogging stroller, iphone and rice sock!

  354. Dawn Rinehart permalink
    April 7, 2011 9:20 am

    Compression socks or tights for us moms with lingering vericose veins, okay I admit I had them even before the kids.

  355. Carrie permalink
    April 7, 2011 9:29 am

    I’d have to agree with the iPhone being one of the best inventions for mothers and mother runners! I love that I can go out for my long run, be available to answer questions for the babysitter, listen to my music and text my husband about picking up more milk on his way to pick up the boys…all on one devise while I’m trotting along!

  356. April 7, 2011 9:35 am

    COFFEE!

  357. Jen Grinnell permalink
    April 7, 2011 10:48 am

    I hate to be crass, but, probably the best invention for *this* mother runner is–ahem–extra thick, overnight pads. Otherwise known as “Depends.” Without them, I would not be able to run. You don’t hear about too many daddy runners having to worry about this problem after they have kids! By the way, my surgery for stress urinary incontinence is in just a couple of weeks. I’m very excited to get on the road to recovery and then back on the road and running!

  358. April 7, 2011 11:27 am

    I agree with those who have said iPhone — I’ve got my tunes, my Nike GPS+, my connection with friends and family members if they really, really need me. Oh, and I love that there’s a camera on it, too, because I have so much fun snapping “captured on a run” shots, whether scenic, comical or just plain fun in nature.

  359. Alison permalink
    April 7, 2011 12:05 pm

    Wine. ’nuff said.

  360. April 7, 2011 12:33 pm

    Best invention for mothers and mother runners would have to be the stroller. I love being able to go for a walk or run with my little guy!

  361. Erin permalink
    April 7, 2011 1:54 pm

    I just bought a Fiona Moving Comfort bra. Why didn’t I buy a good sports bra sooner? Its great. My girls don’t move a bit.

  362. April 7, 2011 2:53 pm

    Wine. Does that count?

  363. April 7, 2011 3:25 pm

    Those are without a doubt the coolest compression tights I have ever seen. Ingenious!

    I couldn’t live without my jogging stroller. I have both a single and a double and I use one or the other almost daily. Even if I’m not going out for a run, life with 4 kids means constant movement and my strollers make that much more doable!

  364. Beth McCallum permalink
    April 7, 2011 4:37 pm

    I don’t know how I would have completed any 1/2 marathons without a treadmill until my youngest reached 12 years old. It’s hard to put an 8 year old in a jogger stroller because her dad is working a 12 hour shift and I am basically a single mom for days on end. First they don’t fit and second it takes them away from Hannah Montana.

  365. April 7, 2011 4:41 pm

    For me it has to be my iPhone with the Nike+GPS app. It really keeps me motivated!

  366. jennifer anderson permalink
    April 7, 2011 5:06 pm

    I would have to say the Running Belt is my favourite accessory. It holds countless gels, power bar, gum, cell phone, iPod, money, supports my lower back and it also holds my pants up after loosing 20 pounds!

  367. April 7, 2011 7:59 pm

    The B.O.B Revolution stroller for sure. Not an original answer, but I don’t think I could be a mother runner without it.

  368. Katie Kardashian permalink
    April 8, 2011 4:35 am

    The best invention for the mother who run? well there are the obvious inventions: treadmill, iPhone , podcasts , and the Chariot. These inventions matter. These inventions are life changers. But it’s all moot without the partner who supports the mothers running. I’m not sure if a partner counts as an invention but we all hard to work hard to get good partners. We also have to work hard to buy good inventive products like these niffty compression capris that I’d love to wear these April mornings.

  369. Cherylyn permalink
    April 8, 2011 9:20 am

    Best mother invention: baby swing!
    Best mother runner gear: Running bra & Garmin = love

  370. WendyLD permalink
    April 8, 2011 9:23 am

    Swaddle sacks are by far the best inventions ever for new moms, at least they were for me!

  371. Bonnie permalink
    April 8, 2011 11:32 am

    Best invention for mom’s is the internet. Dinner recipes, stain removal, behavior problems, birthday cake designs… the answers are all right at our fingertips! Best for running mom’s is a supportive partner.

  372. SARAH permalink
    April 8, 2011 1:36 pm

    I”ll tip my hat to the internet too: I can look up the mileage of my route instead of driving it, order dinner to be delivered when I get back, and check out lots of inspirational blogs.

  373. Amy Jenkins permalink
    April 8, 2011 2:07 pm

    I could not be a mother runner without my jogging stroller!

  374. EricaR permalink
    April 8, 2011 2:57 pm

    The treadmill and iPhone are two great inventions for mother runners. But nothing beats my supportive husband who will watch the kids while I go out on a long run, or take the kids out to dinner so I can get a run in after work on a nice evening. The other day he watched the kids dance to Just Dance Kids wii (which they love) while I was running in same family room on the treadmill! The entire family is supportive and I am thankful!

  375. Lynette permalink
    April 8, 2011 4:02 pm

    Of all the ‘things’ I have used/tried, etc since becoming a mom, my running bra is the best! http://www.fabulousathleticbra.com/ A neighbor who played soccer introduced me to this bra. The company used to be in Idaho and has since moved to Ohio (I think?). I own two bras with the first one I purchased four years ago. There is only one year difference in the bras, but I can’t tell them apart from each other. With this sports bra I can ran ultras and not have to worry about any (bra related) chaffing issues. And I even run with a hydration pack! It is so nice to get in to the shower after a long race and enjoy the warm water, instead of fearing the sting from it!

  376. Kelly Hill permalink
    April 8, 2011 4:56 pm

    Does wine count??? For me, the best runner/mother invention is the treadmill. I live in Canada and the weather and darkness is a major issues for over 6 months of the year. My treadmill also allows me to run when I don’t have someone to watch the kids or at the end of a very long day. Treadmill with TV or iPod – PRICELESS.

  377. April 8, 2011 7:40 pm

    Well my top 3 would be a sports bra because being that i am a mom and a runner “the girls” don’t stay like they used to so good support is priceless, then the jogging stroller the only way I can get a run in sometimes is early morning after I drop my 3 oldest daughters off , the husband is at work and it’s just me the little one and my lifesaving jogging stroller. and third the treadmill if I can’t get out or make it to the gym i can always fall back on a late night run once the kiddies are in bed.

  378. April 8, 2011 11:30 pm

    Greatest mommy invention… the boppy pillow… then the Moby wrap. Two things that make becoming a mom just a little easier so that we can consantrate on things like getting back into shape. 🙂

  379. April 9, 2011 5:42 pm

    I’d have to say ziploc bags are the best invention for a runner, whether they have children or not. They hold snacks for my kids and me during a run, can seal up any soiled underpants or pants from an accident when I didn’t run fast enough and keep the ice for my sore muscles when we get home!

  380. Megan permalink
    April 10, 2011 5:47 pm

    The best invention for Mother Runners goes to …in gym daycare, followed with an honorable mention to the microwave for making it possible to serve a hot meal after workout, before bathtime/bedtime.

  381. Margie permalink
    April 12, 2011 11:30 am

    Can’t decide between the jog stroller and the Baby Bjorn. Both could put my son to sleep – priceless!

  382. Emily permalink
    April 12, 2011 2:49 pm

    I say my super-posh jogging double jogging stroller that I bought at a bargain off Craigslist. I can run on the trail along a highway ( It’s not the same as those quiet wooded trails, but I feel safer) and the boys can watch the big trucks go by. Hand them a snack, a drink, and the portable DVD player for extra-long runs and I can feel good about sharing this love of activity with my children. (Ok, I know the DVD player wrecks it a little, but how long can pre-schoolers be asked to sit still?)

  383. Catrina permalink
    April 12, 2011 6:04 pm

    Can I say the girl next door? She started watching my kids a few years ago, very cheaply, so I could go run. At the time, I had a 4 year old, and twin 2.5 year olds, and was losing my mind. I realized that I need to run away for just a bit, then be able to run home again. And so the girl next door saved my life by willing to watch my 3 young kids for an hour, 3 times a week. Best thing ever!

  384. April 13, 2011 2:46 am

    The running stroller. It saved my life when my children were little. So did the nursery at the gym.

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