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This morning I decided to start my son on running.  We had agreed in January that when it was warm enough, he could join me.  He had enjoyed watching the first finishers of the marathon yesterday, so his interest was for the moment, piqued.  I had wanted a rest day today because I am still feeling the raking from Sunday and tomorrow is another long run, I should save up.  We dropped the 4 yo off at preschool and hurried home to start out.  This week is school vacation, so that also made for an excellent time to break him in.

I told him we would be going a mile, 1/2 out and back, walking and jogging as he was able.  We walked about .2 miles to warm up and discuss road rules before we jogged a bit.  My son is not graceful, even for six years old.  Arms and legs were flying everywhere.  I tried to jog a bit before him so he could look at my form, then I told him to look at my form.  Stop dragging your feet in the sand, control your hands, slow down if you are breathing hard, etc. 

We slowed to walk for a bit again and talked about how it felt.  Over the course of the mile, we jogged about 5 times for a few minutes each.  On the way home, we stopped to talk to a mini horse in the neighbor’s yard.  She likes dandelions.

It was also recycling day on our road with curbside pickup.  As we were out before the trucks, we stopped a few times to pick up bottles that we could toss into the bins we passed.  My kids are quite trash-aware, so this earth-friendly activity helped to reinforce the positive experience of jogging.

Once home, I started in on flipping laundry but my son reminded me that we needed to stretch.  What a good little exerciser.  So we sat and stretched and drank more water.  We talked about the walk/jog and petted the cats.  He had a good morning and is looking forward to the next time I bring him out.  His goal is to run a full mile before the end of the summer.  I’ll make a more formal plan with him to get up on the rest days and go for our mile.


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