Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Fiona's marathon

Fiona is running a marathon. A kids' marathon. Her own private one.

She started tonight. She and I went to the little spur of the Galena Trail that is exactly 1.0 km long and ran it both ways after supper tonight. We ran a pretty decent 9:00/km pace, which included a couple of shoe-tying stops and some "silly running".

She had a lot of fun. We talked the whole way, with the respiratory demands of her bubbly conversation helping set a do-able pace. She wore the heart rate monitor for a while and liked that. She felt very strong and grown-up to be running with me and finished feeling strong.

When we got home we made two small footprint stamps, one left and one right. Then we printed off a calendar. For every kilometre she runs she'll put a stamp on the calendar. When she gets up to 42 stamps we'll run the extra 195 metres and call it a marathon and then we'll do something special to celebrate.

I first read about this approach at kidsrunning.com. Often programs like this are put on by an organization with a lead-time of 6 weeks, and kids get together on the final day to run the last 1.2 miles (or 2.2 kilometres or whatever) for the big finish, and then everyone gets a medal. It would be great if there was something like that for her to take part in, but we'll do okay on our own I think. Sophie is also planning to take part, which will be nice.

4 comments:

  1. I think this is a wonderful thing to do! We've been tracking our kilometres for a couple of weeks now to add to our community's logbook which is recording the distance 'travelled' to Vancouver for the Olympics. Running, walking, hiking, biking and swimming all count towards the goal and I have been surprised at just how much we as a family do each day/week!

    Good for Fiona! That's a great goal to have and I'm sure she'll find she's finished her marathon in no time!

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  2. What a great post!! I am loving your blog :) thanks so much!! I added your blog to my blogroll and would Love to do a link exchange with you :)

    Peace,
    Kelly from http://themysticalkingdom.blogspot.com/

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  3. I love this idea, Miranda. We're doing something sorta similar here. But without the running ;-)

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