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Taking kids to a ParkRun

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 00:23

Old thread, I know, but ironically i just found my own thread whilst googling how far/often a child ought to run! So, to update, we never did do that Parkrun in Bedford 3 years ago, and I haven't run much in the last 2 or so years, BUT I'm getting back to it and my 8 year old (the 5 year old from the original post!) is quite keen to accompany me. We now have 2 Parkruns nearby and we did one of them on Saturday. Husband ran it himself, followed by the now 11 year old (husband offered to run with him, but he said he'd rather go at his own pace) - very proud that he managed to walk/run round it himself, his first attempt at running, in 42 minutes. The now 8 year old and I have had a little bit of practice as he's quite keen to come out on runs with me, but when it came to it he chattered the whole way round and we walked large amounts of it, so took 45 minutes (which is absolutely fine).  But this evening we've been out again and done 5k with only 5minute's walk in the middle, so we're getting towards running the whole thing. 

What I'm now wondering, is how often an 8 year old ought to do this. I was happy enough for him to run with me this evening as a LOT of Saturday's run was walked and we won't be going next Saturday due to other commitments. But I'm assuming that in general running the Parkrun on Saturday and then an early evening run on Monday or Tuesday would be too much for an 8 year old's joints and bones even if he is keen? Is there any evidence about this? Anyone got any experience?

"Two stone off" 2013

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 19:54
Ah, as I thought, sorry I asked. Sounds like it's a great work out though.

"Two stone off" 2013

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 19:20
K80 - what's forest fitness? (although I suspect I'll regret asking!)

"Two stone off" 2013

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 12:22

"Two stone off" 2013

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 10:07
Right, we seem to have got to Monday. So this is the day I said I'd start the food diary. I'm putting this here so you can all nag me tonight and see if I've actually started it! (oh and make sure I've recorded my weight from friday too, cos otherwise I'll forget what it actually was...)

Mikasa - it's Monday!

Anyone else starting anything today?

I'm not running today - the weather's still horrible and loads of ice out there - but am planning on a rowing/crosstraining session this evening.

"Two stone off" 2013

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 12:30

I have that problem too K80 - I have a crosstrainer and a rowing machine and I have the TV set up with DVD player. I was watching Twenty Twelve whilst rowing yesterday and nearly did myself an injury - it's very dry humour, so you're not really expecting it.  Previously I was watching Glee which is great because it's very up-tempo and to be honest it doesn't really matter if you miss a bit.  I've finished the first 2 series that I borrowed from my sister in law though.

"Two stone off" 2013

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 09:04
And well done on not gaining andy! Pretty good for a 3 meals out week!

"Two stone off" 2013

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 09:03
Do we need targets? I just aim for a downwards trend. Just to be contrary, I weigh on Fridays, but always start the healthy eating/exercise efforts on Mondays. No, I know this makes no sense...

"Two stone off" 2013

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 08:23
Got an email this morning from bupa great runs telling me that winter is over. Clearly they haven't looked out of my window! Not going running today - it's too windy here and the snow will make getting out of the village too difficult to get to the group I'm meant to be running with. Suppose I should try to make myself do a session on the crosstrainer instead.

"Two stone off" 2013

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 18:25

I'm not quick - I have only really done up to 5k (few training runs up to 6.5k but that was before the evil virus last month) and that still takes me 35 minutes!  I know, other people can run 10k quicker than I can do 5....Still, I've got more room for improvement!

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