Most Saturday mornings at 7:15am you’ll find me headed out for a run. No, I’m not insane, and no, I don’t have a thing for grey mornings and drizzle, or the dull damp sweat that follows. It’s near impossible to glisten after a morning’s run in UK winter.
The kids know this is my routine because that’s what it is- my routine, my window for health and fitness, my time to work my body and air my mind. They’ve grown up seeing me do it, and their dad also runs a fair bit too.
And from early on, they’ve gotten involved. What are you doing mommy? I can do that stretch too! Or M’s approach: how about a stretch with a toddler airplane on your leg? I can report it doesn’t intensify the stretch, it just causes damage.
At nearly 6, C has decided to grow the family running party and has begun asking to go on runs! In the last few weeks she’s done three with Chris, and her lithe little legs are clocking an 11 minute mile. He’s keen to carry on these father/daughter runs, but I’m sure we ladies will go for a jaunt together soon enough.
What’s fantastic is that she’s genuinely enjoying it, and is the one asking us to take her. Be it youthful energy, interest, endorphins, whatever, she has none of the hesitations about just getting her foot out the door. On that, I should take notes.
Randomly and since this new trend, a couple of different friends have told us their daughters of a similar age have either been for a run or have asked to go on one. Maybe it’s about this time that they’ve got the attention and stamina to commit to a jog.
Chris has now been talking about taking C to our local 2k Junior Parkrun but she seems a little hesitant to run en masse. I have visions of a colleague’s young daughter in floods of tears on a sports course because she clearly didn’t want to be there and I don’t want to be that parent. So if she tries it, it will be because she’s up for it.
For now, it’s family jogs for us. I’m interested to see if she’ll inherit her dad’s competitive spirit or my metronomic pacing. I imagine it’s only a matter of time until M wants to trot along too!
Do you run with your children? Any tips?