All of us who run probably secretly, or not so secretly, would love to see our kids (future kids) become runners someday. I of course would love nothing more than to run alongside my kids as they go through school and on into adulthood. But as much as we all love that idea, we know that we can’t push those desires onto our children.
My 10-yr. old son has been running races from one-mile fun runs to 5ks for a solid five or six years now. He likes it and does well at it. But do I think running will be his passion? I doubt it. He’s into team sports, lacrosse, soccer, as well as swimming. I can easily get him to sign up for a 5k, train for it, and have a good race. But he doesn’t really ask to run outside of that and so I don’t push it.
My 7-yr. old daughter, however, is showing some signs of really, truly loving to run. She did my club’s jr. cross-country program this fall and never missed a practice. On really busy weeks, I’d give her the option of skipping; it was met with a resounding no.
Now that I’m back to running, she has asked if we can run together a few times a week. Not much arm twisting to get me out the door with her. We already did a mile together today. If she ends up a runner one day, I know she’ll take numbers–she has my same steely determination. Maybe even more so, if that’s possible.
And did I mention she loves her Merrell barefoot shoes? And snagged my Oiselle
arm warmers today? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Do your kids run? Wish they did if not?