My new running partner and our Chariot Cougar 1

I have a lot of awesome running buddies but this one is definitely tops the charts (sorry friends)! Baby R has joined me for a few stroller runs now and so far she loves it. Or I assume so because she basically just sleeps the whole time.

It is important to note that its recommended to wait 6 or more months before running with a baby. However, I consulted our doctor, a chiropractor, and an athletic therapist about how to run safely with her at 3.5 months. I’m a very cautious person but I am comfortable with our setup. I’ve made sure her head and neck are stable, we stick to running on smooth surfaces at a leisurely pace, and I keep a close eye on her through our runs. Please do your own research this subject and consult your doctor if you plan to run with your baby.

Before purchasing a running stroller, I polled my Facebook friends and researched models online. There were two clear favourites, the BOB and the Chariot. Based on testimonials and Craigslist ads, both the BOB and the Chariot seem to have very long lifespans and good resale value.

The major pros to the BOB are people love it as a regular stroller and you can switch between fixed or non-fixed front wheel (on some models). The fixed wheel is great for running in straight-ish lines, but I think the non-fixed wheel would be more maneuverable on trails.

What appealed to me about the Chariot is that it sits lower to the ground and is easier to see in and over. It also has built-in mesh and rain covers as well as a sun visor flap. With the mesh cover zipped up, your child’s toys and snacks won’t fly out. Despite being mostly waterproof, it still has a mesh back and some mesh in the sides for air flow (phew!). You can also get bike and even ski attachments for it, however I didn’t want to base my decision on that because I’m not sure that I would use it for those purposes.

My husband and I checked out both strollers in stores, gave them a push around, and decided to go for the Chariot. We made the mistake of looking at new models of Chariots (now made by Thule) at the store. They were amazing but also more expensive than our first car (a lot of things are though – it was only $400 and lasted only slightly longer than you would expect).

I perused Craigslist for a while but when i saw this one posted, we snatched it up right away! It is an older model that was brand new with tags still on it. I felt a bit bad that the reason the previous owner was selling it was that she tore or ACL right after buying it a couple years ago – I also hoped it wasn’t jinxed!

So far I am loving it! The only downside is the attachments are fairly expensive. A friend had given us the bivvy that fits smaller babies and keeps them in a horizontal position. I’ve also already purchased the infant sling and baby support to use as she grows.

Do you have a running stroller? Which one?

How long did you wait before running with your baby?

2018 Ambassadorships

As I get back into running again, I am also getting back into working with a few running brands through my ambassadorships. Every year I get a little more picky about the companies I represent and promote. Yes, usually they come with perks but it can actually be a lot of work!

So why be an ambassador?

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love the perks … when you spend a lot on running gear and race registrations, it’s nice to get a break on some things. But in addition to that, it’s great to be a part of the ambassador communities. I feel like my social profiles are more accessible to other runners (yes, do follow and interact with me! @briehemingway on Instagram and Twitter) plus most brands have a closed ambassador group where you can socialize amongst yourselves. It’s a great way to meet other socially savvy runners, discuss the services/products you use and promote (as well as general running stuff and whatnot), and to even give positive or constructive feedback to the company.

This year I’ll be continuing three of my previous ambassadorships – BibRave (year 4), Altra Running (year 3), and West Van Run (year 3). And I’m excited to be starting a new one with Run Like A Girl!


BibRave is a website where users can read and write race reviews. They are really focused on building the running community and host a running podcast and weekly Twitter chat (#bibchat).

Altra Running

Altra Running makes zero drop, “foot-shaped” shoes for road and trails, as well as a few every day models and some running gear. They are the only shoes I wear running. I like that they are a forward-thinking brand and constantly striving for perfection.

West Van Run

The West Van Run attracts the best people and I’m honoured to be part of the ambassador group despite living way out in the suburbs. They host a ton of free group runs – I just wish I could make it out to them! Their crew is always representing at all the local races.

Run Like A Girl

This one has been a long time coming. I’ve known the Run Like A Girl ladies for several years now and love the community they have built! I feel like I’ve been an unofficial ambassador for a while – running with them all the time, wearing their awesome gear, and hashtagging #seemeRLAG. I’m excited to finally make it official! Be sure to check out their awesome races, retreats, and gear.

BOCO Run Hat

Disclaimer: I received a BOCO Run Hat to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

I was sent a BOCO Run Hat in September prior to giving birth to my daughter in October. Unfortunately between being on bed rest, being super pregnant, and then recovering from a c-section, I haven’t been able to actually try it while running. I have, however, worn it for walks while my body gets used to being active again. Below are my thoughts based on my experiences, as well as links to reviews by other runners.

Product Description

Born on the trails of Boulder, Colorado the BOCO Run Hat offers a great combination of technical fabrications to keep you focused on your run or your race.

  • Lightweight wicking woven polyester material provides a layer of protection from mother nature on the front and top panels.
  • Dry Tech polyester mesh side panels keep your head cool for the length of your workout.
  • Soft polyester mesh wicking sweatband on the inside to help move sweat away from your head keeping you focused on the trail or road.
  • Adjustable back snap buckle with tuck in pocket for any excess keeping the back of your hat tidy.
  • Updated styling with sublimated designs
  • Black underside of the bill to reduce glare
  • Curved bill
  • Machine washable


I was curious to try this style of running hat because I’ve seen many runners wearing similar ones. It’s super lightweight and although we BibRave Pros tested it in the fall and winter, it would be best suited to warm or hot temperatures. It also has a great brim for keeping the sun off your face … but I haven’t seen much of that around the Vancouver area lately. It also pairs well with a hood to keep a light drizzle off your head.


My head is a tad on the larger side so not all hats fit comfortably and some squeeze my head too much. The BOCO Run Hat has an adjustable strap at the back and a bit of stretch in the fabric. These to features allowed it to fit me perfectly (and I assume most other people).


I’m rather partial to trucker hats and toques personally. Those are basically the only hats I wear for running or otherwise. This hat was a step out of my comfort zone but like I said, I have seen other runners wear this style and always think it looks cool on them!

I’m still undecided about whether I like how it looks on me but I think once summer rolls around I’d opt for this over a trucker hat due to it being so lightweight and breathable. In the meantime, I will probably switch back to my favourite toque, also made by BOCO for BibRave, until the weather warms up or I start running fast enough to keep my ears warm!

Check out review by my fellow BibRave Pros!

Brenda – Stephanie – Matt M – Casey – Amy WMeridith – Jeannine – Lindsey – FrankFallon – Gina – Emily – Amanda L