He was thrilled with his PB and had asked me to run with him. When I said push I meant, if he asks me to do it again, what kind of pace should we aim for. He enjoys coming to Parkrun with me, there are a few of his friends from school there with their parents too. It's always entirely his choice whether he runs, volunteers or messes about by the lake/on the swings while I run.
Non-sporty means doesn't enjoy ball sports, which seems to means school sport offers nothing for him. He is generally active, although would spend all day in front of computer games if he was allowed. He's alright
My 11yo doesn't enjoy sports and therefore doesn't get as much exercise as I would like.
However, he does enjoy being active, will use his bike as transport for example but no interest in joining a club/entering events and belongs to Scouts where he enjoys the outdoor life.
Anyway, he's been coming to Parkrun with me, although he enjoys volunteering more than running. Last week I had a little injury so offered to try and pace him to a PB. We did 29:26, knocking a full 2 mins off his previous best. Obviously still not quick but it surprised me how easily he made such a big improvement and how little he must have been pushing himself before. The new PB was achieved whilst talking all the way!
So next time do we go for 9 min miles, or best to leave him to it? He's not doing any other running, just a Parkrun approx. twice a month.
For long runs I have porridge about half an hour beforehand.
For races I have porridge before I leave and a banana about 30 mins before the start. Lots of people would say that's too close to the run but if I ate the recommended 2-3 hours beforehand I'd be hungry before I even set off!
I don't really "approve" of gels as I think we're better off with real food but as I've never come up with anything suitable to carry in a race, I will have one about 1/3 -1/2 of the way in, if I'm racing more than 2 hours.