I was training for the marathon in Houston, Texas. In mid-December, I was practising my Saturday 24 mile run. As I started along the bike path, I discovered them.
The little girl was about 12 years old. She was racing onwards of her parents, a big smile on her face. We crossed paths again on the other side (five miles up) and that little girl was still smiling.
Kids love to run. You can provide them the opportunity, and kids will run.
How Can You Get Kids Started?
Children are constantly running. The play games at school that involve running, like soccer and basketball. Since kids run at school, they don't have to warm up to running.
If the parents run; then, your children will run with you. You can take them to the park and the paths that you use. Kids want to be involved with what their parents are doing.
What About Fun Runs?
Fun Runs are a wonderful get-away from training. Most fun runs feature a separate run for the kids. The awards for the fastest runner cover the kids' age group.
Every fun run has something special. At the end of the race, you and the kids possibly could consume ice cream, cookies, cakes and other treats. There is all the time something good to eat.
A fun run is a wonderful way to encounter the other parents and their children. There is a lot to talk about, before and after the race. It's a great way to make running fun.
How Can You Keep Kids Excited About Running?
To keep your kids running, you could:
1. Run with your children, consistently. Whether it is a Saturday run or a before dinner race around the block, by doing it regular, your kids will stay excited about running.
2. Form a kids running group. When children run with their friends, it's much more interesting. Talking makes the run go faster.
3. Comprise of Special Running Days. It could be breakfast at someone's house or an evening pool party. By including fun events, your children will look forward to running.
By getting involved, you will step-up your kid's interest in running. You can even have a new running partner.
How Can You Work With Your Kids?
It can be the point in time for that Saturday run; but, it's raining or cold, it can be the point in time for a rain-check. It's no fun to run in bad weather, even if Mom and Dad do it. It's a good day to play games and watch television.
Keep your runs, brief. Children have short attention spans. A long winded run will not keep kids focused and might be too much for them.
Make an effort not to overdo it with them. Too much running could cause a knee injury. Take it slow, and limit your races to 5-K events.
What Else Can You Do?
Just remember, as a parent, your children look up to you. Have them do, what you might exercise. Talk with your children, why you run and how you got started. Kids want to know, too.
You Can Get Your Kids to Run, Too!
Just like that little smiling girl, you can get your children running, too! Take them to a fun run and train together. By generating running fun, your kids will continue to run.