Running: It’s ALSO a Father & Daughter Thing
Daughter was really disappointed when she came to cheer me on during the Boxing Day Pudding Run. It’s a 5k race / fun run held every year on the 26th December in Whitley Bay - proceeds to charity.
The thing was that unlike other races she’s seen me in, this one had children taking part too.
So this year, she’s gonna do it with me.
5K isn’t actually very far - unless you’re only 7 years old, or have never really run much. Don’t get me wrong - she runs like she’s the wrong side of too much Sunny-D, but it’s not the kind of running that’ll get you three miles down the road. (It’s more the sort of running that’s good for catching boys in the playground. I’ve tried to discourage this of course, and told her that she’s not to have a boyfriend ’till she’s 40, but I’m not sure she was listening.)
So last Saturday, we started her training. A little jog down to the beach (about 300m), and then a set of four easy runs across the sand - 60 seconds of running for each, with 60 seconds resting between. Then afterward we jogged home, making a total of somewhere just under a mile.
I think she found it pretty hard going, and so my plan is to do just one running session a week with her - staying at this level for a few weeks, and then gradually building up the distance. I have in mind that for the Pudding Run itself, we’ll do something like a 4-minute run / 1-minute walk pattern.
The thing is, despite the fact that I went to Loughborough University (famous for it’s PE & sports science degrees courses - just ask Steve Backley or Paula Radcliffe), I’m not a real coach (and don’t even playone in a TV series). Has anyone out there got experience of working with youngsters like this?
- Type: Run
- Date: 10/04/2008
- Total Time: 00:15:00.00
- Distance: 1 miles
- Average Pace: 15:00/mile