It's not easy to keep up a running routine when you have young children, and I hate to tell you, it gets more difficult. If you've got a child who can ride in a jogging stroller, now's the time to get some mileage in. Here are 7 places that East Bay parents like to go running with their strollers.
Pt. Isabel/Bay Trail (Emeryville to Richmond)
It's nice to pick up the Bay Trail at Pt. Isabel (near Costco) and head North, but this road also runs along the waterfront through all of Berkeley and Emeryville. You can start at Golden Gate Fields and head South for an up and back route along the water.
Tilden Park (Berkeley)
Inspiration Point offers beautiful views and is the trailhead for Nimitz Way, a wide path that goes out about 2 miles.
The Bay Bridge Path (Emeryville)
This reader recommendation is for the ambitious urban runner. Starting near IKEA is one option, or save a mile or two and start at Burma Road where there is 5-hour free parking at Maritime or try your luck at the Bay Bridge Trail parking lot, further West on Burma Road toward the Toll Plaza.
Lake Merritt (Oakland)
After you've looped around the lake (just over 3 miles), let your toddler out at Perch cafe on Grand Ave to enjoy their play area while you fuel up from their delicious menu.
Lafayette Reservior (Lafayette)
Pay to park in the lot and then enjoy the warmer temps on the East side of the tunnel or hills, depending on your start point. The paved Lakeside Trail is under 3 miles and a playground is at the East end of the field.
Mountain View Cemetery (Piedmont)
Just up the hill from Piedmont, Ave, this is a stroller friendly destination where you'll see plenty of people pushing joggers and just strolling along. One edge of the cemetery offers a panoramic view of the Bay Area, and it's filled with interesting structures. (Don't miss “Millionaire's Row”)
Ohlone Greenway (Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito)
This walking path follows along the BART tracks from North Berkeley to El Cerrito. Plenty of people-watching and mural spotting for your stroller-bound passenger. Stop at Gilman Street, Solano Avenue, or at the El Cerrito Plaza for treats along the way.