As many of you know I graduated just over 5 weeks ago and my running has gone from strength to strength. Both myself and my hubby are passionate about running and my children have asked recently if they could learn to run like us.
I was a bit dubious at first because although the kids on the parkrun whizz around with no trouble I was worried about the strain to their developing bodies but I have consulted other parents, my running club and doctor who all felt that following the c25k plan would be a good introduction into running.
My son is 11, my daughter is 10, I downloaded the podcasts to their iPods prepared them as much as I could and off we went. I am running tonight so decided to peddle my push bike alongside them as they ran along.
I was so proud, both have sedentary lifestyles so I was worried they would struggle but they just took it in their stride. Passers by smiled and encouraged them along as they worked their way through the 8, 60 second runs. By run 6 both were beginning to tire, more so my son who is a toe walker so tends to suffers with very tight calves, but they both dug deep and pushed on.
I couldn't help but cheer as they finished their last run and Laura told them to start their cool down. I know it's going to take them longer than 9 weeks because I want them to take it slow and steady but I am so pleased that the first run went so well.