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Runner Moms: Get kids involved in running

Posted May 30, 2013

My older daughter is an athlete. At age 3, she declared herself a "sports girl." She's excelled at every sport she's tried ever since.

Together, we've run two 5Ks, both hosted at her elementary school. She was thrilled when I signed up for the RunRaleigh Half Marathon, which I finished in about 2 hours and 15 minutes back in April. And she's excited to run together more in the future.

A friend regularly runs races with her daughter, who is in college. They chat about life, love and school on their training runs. I hope I'm able to do the same with my own daughter as she grows up.

I checked in with Paula Smith, a personal trainer, marathon runner and mom, about how she gets her own kids involved in running.

Here's how she does it:

1. I enter my kids in the same race I am running, but for a shorter distance which is usually 100 yards or a one mile fun run. This usually helps spark an interest. Some of the ones we did were the Old Reliable, Race for the Cure, which is June 8, and a turkey trot at Thanksgiving.

2. While at my race, they cheer me on and sometimes volunteer at the water stations.

3. We enter a family-friendly race such as the Color Run or Color Me Rad 5K, which is so much fun for the kids because everyone gets covered in paint by the end! (Side note: I wrote about one coming up in June).

4. We train together and sometimes time each other. We go to a track and do fun drills. If it's fun, they will continue to want to do it. Sometimes we play running games like Simon Says, Red Light Green Light or Indian Run.

5. Get them involved in a kids running program at school, community or even build your own local team in the neighborhood.

This is the latest post in our Runner Moms series, which took a bit of a hiatus. But we're back for more.

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  • 123dnih Jun 2, 2013

    what a novel idea...