Bob - dont get me started on the womens 1500m final last night. After each lap All i kept saying was thats really slow they have to speed up soon as they hit 70 and then a 68 for the opening 2 laps. 8 secs slower than i went through my 1500m pb. Mind you the last lap was fast i think the lead did a 61 but i guess thats no suprise after taking the rest of the race off. Just dont get why someone in that final who doesnt have a 61s last 400m in their locker just sits in group running slow and doesnt take the pace on at lap 3.
i kind of agree with the more recent posts. when mine were that age they wanted to come out with me, so we did a big warm up with stretches and made it fun then did barely 600m of running keeping it fun by racing each other to the next lampost/tree. They could have run/walk 2k but i would never have done that as 3 yrs and under is very young.
as others have said they are just mimicing you and i bet you lavish lots of attention and praise too. so of course they like it. They would also copy you if you stood in your garden throwing and catching a tennis ball in the air over and over again too.
regards distance at yr 6 in school (10 yrs of age) they dont run much over a mile in school xc races so i would question anything over this distance.