Run, Kiddo, Run!
We, the urbanMamas, love to run. It means so many things to us, from creating mamaraderie, to getting fit, and helping us to keep an even keel, mentally. The benefits of exercise are being discussed nationally as we come to terms with the prevalence of obesity and the illnesses that result from obesity. Exercise comes naturally to children, though. Play involves running, jumping, climbing, and swinging. Playgrounds are a great place for kids to get their workouts in.
But recently, my 8 year old wonders when he can start running. He already "races bikes" like daddy, and he knows that we both run/jog recreationally, so he's thinking he should try running, too. Is it too early to buy him his first set of running shoes? If he does start jogging with me, what is an ideal time or distance to start with? Should we look into more competetive events to keep him interested or should we rely on self-motivation? I am certain that each kid differs in what motivates them to keep up with an activity, but I'd like to hear what's been working for other parents out there. (photo by Sue Nolke)
For now, I'll keep him on a bike if I want to get a 6 mile run in with him in tow... but eventually I know his legs will be longer than mine, and he'll be able to keep up easily. He'll probably surpass me pretty quickly! I look forward to that day both with excitement and trepidation. Do they grow up *so* fast, or what?