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I have joined this forum for the purpose of seeking advice for my daughter. She is 11 years old and is keen to start running. I am not sure if this is a fad or not. She does have the capabilities of running short distances at a good pace.
She wants to run longer distances and not on a track, as 'its boring', her words.
I took her out last night for the first time and we ran around 1 and a quarter miles. My approach, so as not to damage her confidence was to walk and then jog.
I decided on a 5 minute walk then a 5 minute jog to see how it went.
Of course, being 11, she was naggeing during the walk 'when can we run'. I kept rigid and waited the whole 5 minutes. Guess what. 2 minutes into the run and she wanted to walk.
However, again I stuck to my guns. Then a slight change. I told her we would walk for three minutes and the jog for 3. We did the two and on the next jog went all the way home for a full 6 minutes, she sprinted the last 30 meters.
She enjoyed the second half better, probably second wind.
One thing for sure, I need to get her better footwear, as her feet were hurting.
Any advice or useful tips on this would be very helpful.
At least she's keen on run 2 on Tuesday, but we will see soon enough.
Thanks In advance