Saturday, March 31, 2012
The kids all run in their own age brackets: my daughter ran in her 4 year old division (1/4 mile) and my son ran in his 6 year old division (1/2 mile). Each found friends in their respective divisions to run with. I knew there was no way I'd run alongside my son but I thought I would run just ahead of my daughter outside the race route. No way. She wore her game face today and tackled that race like no other 4 year old. I think we have a natural runner in her -- and she absolutely loved it. Both kids had fantastic races and really enjoyed the pre-race festivities, the race today and the post-race festivities afterwards. I love that they've embraced this sport and love it as much as I do.
What about your kids? Do they run? Do you encourage them to enter races? For my kids, it's all fun. I didn't see the older kids' divisions but heard the 10 year who finished first finished in 5:14 or something. Her race was ONE MILE. And I also heard she threw up at the finish. Sounds a bit extreme to me and I don't want my kids to run that hard this young. Your thoughts?