Leamington parkrun on the 21st December was to be the Christmas parkrun. This meant an excuse to bring out my red and white outfit and run around the 3 mile course dressed as Santa Claus. However, this year my 4 year old wanted to join in. Dressed in her finest Miss Christmas outfit, she was determined to teach us something about running.
Here is what I learned from running with a 4 year old:
- Corners are more fun if you aeroplane around them. Arms out and “Mrowwwww” noises are compulsory.
- Fartleks are started by shouting “Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm a gingerbread man!”
- If you don't stop dead at the end of each interval, causing taller people to have to leapfrog you, you're doing running wrong.
- Mud on trainers is a necessity as is mud on clothes. You should stop to inspect this at regular intervals. If you can keep up a running commentary in it so much the better. Adults LOVE this.
- As soon as your legs feel a bit wibbly from all the running, insist on being carried.
- Leaves are interesting. Don't forget to stop and inspect the green ones. Especially if your parkrun is on trails. LOTS of leaves to stop and inspect.
- Puddles are damp pools of enjoyment and should be stared into before tiptoeing through the dead centre.
AND finally and most importantly ...
- Coming dead last is an honourable position and as added bonus there are all the more people to cheer you across the finish line!
|Picture taken by Amar Chehal|