My latest convert, however, I need some advice on. My 5 year old has decided she wants to run a race with Mommy!
My very-cute running buddy!
I love the idea, and she and I walked a lot of miles when I was pregnant; I know she can walk a 5K, so I'm not worried about the mileage, per se. But I know she wants to run, so I want her to train with me. What we've started with is walking a quarter mile, then running for .125 and walking for .125 x4, then walking a quarter mile to cool down.
Tentatively, I think I want to do that 2x a week with her and then do a longer run on the weekend, extending it by a quarter mile each week for a race we're targeting in May.
On the other hand, my husband thinks that we should start with the couch to 5k. I guess I don't know - she's really little. She just turned 5 a few weeks ago, and I am not sure I want her to have the goal of running the whole thing - I feel like walk/running is a safer plan for such a little body.
But what do you think? Am I being over protective? Have you run races with your kids? How did you teach them?