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Kids, who'd have 'em!!!

Picture the scene.

A fifty year old mum, newly converted to running, and her 14 year old son are in the car. As usual mum is taxi-ing her son around as it the way in the school holidays.

Mum: Kate (mum's lovely but lovely bonkers friend) has suggested I do a 10k race. I don't know if I fancy it really, just happier pootling along on my own.

Son: (feigning interest) Hmmm.

Mum: I suppose I could, now I know I can run 10k.

(There is a pause, as said son assimilates this strange concept)

Son: Isn't that the same as Mo Farah does?

Mum:(feeling pleased with herself and just a bit smug) Well yes it is as it goes.

(A further pause for more thought)

Son: (with a huge grin on his face) Doesn't he do it in about 20 minutes?

Mum: Get out of the car!!!

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Bet he's only jealous! :-)

I'll never forget the look on my 19 year old's face when I casually mentioned I'd run 20 minutes non-stop that day. It was only there for a second before he replaced it with something a lot cooler but oh, I enjoyed it!!

He goes out running too sometimes now but still refuses to borrow my Garmin so I know he's not as 'good' as me yet!!! :-D


You could be on to something Mitts! I like to think my is proud of my achievements but is just too cool to say so!


:-) Too cute!!! Our 14 year old daughter mysteriously decided to start C25K. After drilling her, she finally admitted mom and dad have impressed her! :-) I say go for it and do the 10K!!! Gayle


Haha haha, lol typical teens!


Makes you think though - you're doing an Olympic event!. Just think. a bit faster and you could be competing, would that have entered your head 6 months ago? :)


You're right! I am proud of my achievements. When I started running in the summer, I didn't think I would manage to do 1k let alone 10!!


Lol! Well done you ;) I'm not sure if my daughters or husband were more startled by the realisation that I could now run for longer than they can. Mr R will be way quicker than me, but since I don't plan on racing him any time soon, I don't care about that! It's a good feeling, to have impressed the offspring, though, isn't it (even if they do try to suppress it...)


It sure is. Keeps them on their toes too!


This blog made me laugh out loud! I have a teenager too and rather than being impressed (like I think she should be) she is mortified by the sight of me in my running gear. It's just a skapri and a c25k graduate T-shirt - nothing too extreme! Still all I have to do to get complete obedience is to threaten to pick her up from her friend's in full kit. Oh the power! ;-) Still I am looking forward to the Sport Relief mile when I hope I can leave the lot of them for dead this year. :-)


Well everybody is allowd to dream lol.


Pingle, they will be proud of you when you ace the mile - but they might not show it because it's not cool! GOOD LUCK!


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