>Running 101>How fast/far should I run with my 7 year old?
Amok in Sacramento
My daughter, who turned 7 in February, is showing signs that she might grow into a decent runner with the right encouragement. I'm rehabbing a cycling-induced leg injury after nearly a year off of running and running fairly slowly right now and keeping my runs to around 5 klicks at @11-12 pace.
She will be visiting me (I'm divorced) with her older brother (who doesn't like to run, he's a swimmer) the next two weeks, and I'd like to take her with me in the mornings and see how she does, but I don't want to wear her out, either. What has been others' experiences with taking their young children running with them? Thanks. SAC
A little different situation, but I take my 4 year old out with me every other week or so (whenever he asks). My keys for making this time enjoyable:
My 6 1/2 yo son wears. us. out. so we do not think twice about taking him on a run with us, IF he suggests the idea. He INSISTED on running a 5K with me 2 weeks ago, so I just let him keep his own pace and trotted along behind him, and he finished in 36:16, then wanted to ride bikes together later that same day!
I'd say, don't push it, but enjoy the time together. We have a great time running, but only b/c it is DS's idea when and for how long he wants to join us.