S0, my daughter has long wanted to be a runner.. not to be confused with wanting to run. She did the Girls on the Run in Maryland, and did AWESOME, and promptly stopped running. After all, she was a runner with a T-shirt to prove it! Maybe enough time has passed that she needs to run again in order to “prove” it, or maybe she genuinely wants to run. (Though between you and I, the fact that as soon as it comes time to run – she tries to change my mind makes me suspect it isn’t the latter of the two.)
Regardless of the why, she came to me saying she wanted to run again. She said this while we were in a shoe store, buying running shoes for her brother – so her timing was good. She got running shoes as well. (Wait.. maybe she wanted to run to get more shoes?) This means I am now lucky enough to be running with both kids! Separately… At different speeds.. So M-W-F is running with the Boy, and T-T is with the Girl. Then I do two runs on Saturday or Sunday – one with each of them. No problem.
So with the Girl, since she is just (re)starting, we are doing a one minute run, followed by a 30 second walk. This seems to go pretty well for her. (Goes well for her in the sense that she doesn’t break and whining is at a fairly acceptable minimum.) This morning she was exceptionally chatty – which I enjoy on a run. I like chatting with whomever I run with, but with my daughter? That is just great dad-daughter time. As she is 12 1/2, I have to enjoy every civil word we have as I know we are coming upon a non-civil time in her life.
Lets focus on the positive.. So she did fantastic this morning, far less complaining than on Sunday, and an overall great attitude.
She already wants to know what our next race is.