- Set small goals and consider making a little chart that encourages consistency and provides them to see their accomplishments in a long term way. (I.e. Grand Rapids Marathon created an awesome log to count 25 miles leading up to the 1.2 mile race that culminates to the kid "running a marathon"
- Consider not forcing your children to run in crappy conditions. We have all run in miserable conditions (rain, horrible heat, snow) but I feel like kids should be shielded from that in the beginning.. Make the experiences positive for them so they want to do it again.
- Get your child fitted for appropriate shoes. You don't want blisters and/or their feet hurting and they don't say anything to you. Yeah, it might only be a 1-3 miles they are running but i believe it is worth it. I took J to RoadRunnerSports and did a "mini" version of their fit process and put josh in stability shoes. Even thought I still hunt for good deals, i now know he should have a stability shoe.
- During a race, do not be surprised if your child start complaining about every random part of their body. I have heard things like "my elbow is killing me" "i think something is in my ear" "my palm hurts" It is a bit humorous in the situation but at the same time, you have to remain encouraging and try not to laugh
- Consider Run/Walk strategies when you add distance. It is one of my personal go-to things when i am hurting and Josh seems to respond well to it. I normally don't do garmin distances with him but do short sighting distances ('we can walk to the next garbage can and then we will start running')
- Enjoy it. It is so much fun!
|Josh running through the chute at Rev3 Cedar Point|
|Before the Kids Grand Rapids Marathon|
|Josh rocking the 2 mile Merica Run - got 2nd place|