My son wants to do the Race the Train 5K in August. I have gradually got him so that he can do 2.3 miles without stopping, but he doesn't really have much confidence, and his progress is very slow. However much I cajole him he won't speed up at all, because he is worried about not making it home.
Any suggestions how I get him to speed up just a bit? Is it to do a few shorter but faster runs, so that he gets used to going a bit faster, or what? Suggestion please.
If he can run the full distance he is fine no matter the pace.
If he cant then speeding up wont help.
No matter the age your ability to stay on your feet running comes before pace.
If he can do the 5k on the day that will be the confidence boost he needs to try to go faster.
Good fortune to him
If he does it a new pair of shoes i think. Dont tell him though;)
The fact he has brought himself to running rather than it being brought to him shows he has found some connection with it though he probably cant articulate it fully.
Though I can see its hard for a parent to stand back I think you have to.
This maybe one of his first chances to see what he can achieve on his own.
Isnt that why any of us run?
He's 9 and he wants to run long distance - do you know how unusual that is?
Celebrate that fact and do as much as you can to encourage him by letting him do it at his own pace and in his own time with plenty of praise. Wait until HE says he wants to run faster. And as everyone else said, make it fun.
I run with my 7 year old boy at the local Park Run, and I spend most of the time telling him to slow down! Generally we run the first two and then walk run the last. Still beat half the crowd though!
Interesting - I'm running with my 7 year old every weekend, and we have got to the point where he is probably running around 1.8 miles without stopping, then another 3/4s of a mile run/walking.
My motivational tools with James is lots and lots of encouragement, some play races (race you to the next lamp-post, etc), and flat out bribery (if we run two full laps of the park without stopping he gets an extra £1 pocket money, or I'll buy him a hot chocolate at Costa's, or something equally trivial....)
My frustration is that I believe that he could go a little quicker, but he doesn't want to try in case something goes wrong. He is not a naturally adventurous little chap, and there have been numerous instances of him not wanting to do something new, but when persuaded eventually to do something new actually quite likes doing it.
However, I take the point that many folk have made that to a great extent I should be pleased he does any running at all, and that I must be careful not to put him off
Not much to add, except this article about motivational phrasing:
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