Last weekend I ran a 10k with my 16 year old son, the motivation behind it was to encourage him to start running on a regular basis as I have thought for a long time that he could be a fairly good middle distance runner. As it turned out he did no training whatsoever and still managed a time of 39 minutes. This seems like a good time to me given his age and lack of training. So I am now looking for ideas as to how motivate him to continue with his running.
39 minutes for a 10k at 16 is pretty damm good even with lack of training.He`s at a age when many things are happening. Studying, friends, having a life.I`m guessing he has done running through school and achieve good results.I think he has the potential to improve if he continues. But motivation is a hard task.I`m not sure if your son was motivated out of the 10k too.So I would suggest maybe do another race to maybe get the competitive side inhim. Maybe join a running club who can help him improve his running too.I think he`s got the ability to improve. But 16 is a difficult age and with the worldinfront of him.
If he wants to continue, he will, any attempt to force him to do so is likely to have a negative affect.
As for his time, 39mins is outstanding.
How fast do you run, if you are just a tiny bit quicker you could challenge him to beat you with a 'reward' when he achieves it - bribery always works with kids . Colonel Bimp is also on the right track too, you could encourage him to join a club with a good teenage section by selling it as a great place to meet 'fit' girls - infact if he does join one I wouldn't mind betting a few of his mates join shortly afterwards!
yes.........I agree that if he wanted to run the race itself would have inspird him to be asking for info.........just got to leave it to him .the good thing about running you can come to it from any age.......
at our local free 5k park run there is one 14 year old who is up with the leaders running 16 minutes.........I notice that he is still not in a club.........obviously still running for the joy of it without going down the high pressure coaching route............
challenging him to beat me won't work - I'm a plodder in my mid forties - anything under an hour for a 10k is good for me!
he is interested in running more races just not doing the training - i think he liked the crowds cheering him on...............
wiz1 wrote (see)
challenging him to beat me won't work - I'm a plodder in my mid forties - anything under an hour for a 10k is good for me!he is interested in running more races just not doing the training - i think he liked the crowds cheering him on...............
If he's comming up 17, challenge him to get down to, say 30 minutes over 10 k (Obviously set a time as appropriate) and you'll pay for driving lessons. If he doesn't get there, he has for fork out for half/all of them?
Bribery works with most age groups, it's just the nature of the bribe that changes
OK, I'm going to put my head above the parapet with an alternative view -
If your son is like most 16yo boys, I expect that you are already on his back about things like homework, schoolwork and the state of his room. Please don't add running to the list!! Why don't you pick your battles, concentrate on the 'important' things and allow him to enjoy his running?
On the other hand, if he is a total angel, who has a perfect bedroom and is getting straight 'a's at school free free to make his life a misery
I'm with Slugsta.
What's your motivation? To see him run faster? Why?
If he wanted to train, he would. If he wanted to join a club, he could.
I think trying to make him, either by pursuasion or bribery, is pointless.
my motivation is to keep him invloved in sport, to build his self esteem and to limit available time for playstation & facebook!
It was a VERY long time ago now, but I well remember how I resented my mother's attempts to get me interested in things that would be "good for me".
Anything she tried to get me into immediately became the thing I was LEAST likely to do.
I emphathise with teenagers (even though I'm nearly 48). Either people are trying to make you do things you don't want to do, or they're stopping you from doing things you DO want to do (and there was no Playstation or Facebook back then!)
Mikefrog wrote (see)
Tell him he's not allowed to do running. (x-post with Wilkie)
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