Oooh boy, topic right up my ally.
Yes, I do jog with a stroller. Here's my expertise from experience. LOL
I got the mother of jogging strollers, well within my budget anywho. I'm extremely pleased with it in some ways and was disappointed in others. The stroller (Jeep Overland: http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...sin=B000LJNPIY
) was made for the comfort of the child. The seat reclines (but the recline mechanism could be better...its a strap you have to adjust and the strap gives some so you can never get the seat FULLY upright...always tilts back a bit. It has a feeding tray, which could be larger, but there were very few joggers with feeding trays. And since we spend several hours at the park, have lunch, etc., I wanted a tray to hold his sippy cup of water (has a cup holder in the tray) and snacks to occupy him. The tray lifts up and clips into place, so I also hang his sand bucket on the tray with some toys for him.
The two main reasons I selected this stroller? Built in music system and a large basket underneath. The music is a compartment where you plug your IPod, CD Player or radio, whatever, into the stroller and there are 2 headsets built in around the seat. I keep a CD of children's music playing while I listen to my MP3 player fast songs for jogging.
The basket though, that became a BIT of a problem. The one point they neglected on this stroller was a switch to go from a stationary front wheel to a moving one. So the basket, I wanted for shopping, wasn't much use when you can't easily navigate the stroller through the store. So I found myself still using the Gracco when I went shopping. Now that he's old enough to walk and sit up in shopping carts though, I don't generally need a stroller for him, except for jogging. But the basket now comes in handy as I usually take a change of clothes to the park and clean up in the restrooms there before going on out shopping or whatever else I have planned for the day. I can also store the sunscreen, nuts for the squirrels, wetnaps, snacks, lunch, etc. I go loaded for bear. LOL
The other problem is that while there are 2 drink holders for mom/dad...they're too small for anything less than a sippy cup. BUT, there ARE net pockets on each side of the canopy, and I use those to store my water bottles. There are LOTS of pockets on the stroller in fact.
Now, my two favorite things...the stroller comes with a bike speedometer. It tracks my miles. It also has a weather shield. So if I get caught in the rain at the park, he can stay dry.
You have to figure out which features will mean the most to you and go shopping for one that fits most of your needs anyway. Figure out what you can't do without. I really would have loved the front unlocking wheel, and thought I'd be fine without it, but rethought it a bit late.
Word of advice...get a van. These things aren't your average flat folders. As evidenced by the 16" wheels.
Now, the accoutrements. I quickly discovered that a pair of bicycle gloves was needed. Your hands are going to sweat and holding onto that handle will become tedious. And a tire pump. This one came with one, but it was such a cheap job, I replaced it with one that actually works. Like a bike, make sure to keep the tires inflated properly or the pull will get to you. But once you master the hang of it, they're VERY simple to run with. I generally push with one hand and jog to the side. Going around corners though, you will need both hands and a bit of muscle.
If you're just looking for a simple jogger or that's what's in the budget, as even the simple ones can be quite expensive compared to plain strollers, I hung a CD player with a portable speaker on the side of the stroller so he'd have some music, and tied a stuffed animal net under the bottom to hold our things with the first jogger someone gave me. Where there's a will, there's a way.
And now that I've talked your ear off...LOL Have fun.