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Discussion: Running w/kids

in: glewis; glewis > 2020-03-09

Mar 10, 2020 12:05 AM # 
We've been talking about taking Zoe out for a run! I'll let her know that Noah just completed his first, for added inspiration :)
Mar 10, 2020 6:44 AM # 
How old is Zoe?

I've been taking my grandson Arthur (Noah's 2nd cousin) orienteering for over a year now, almost all of it on my back but he has walked a few bits. He's a punching expert though. E-punching is great for kids.* This year (Arthur is 2 yrs 2.5 mos at the moment) I think he will be able to walk more of the courses himself. As for running, watch out. With one parent running a sub-3:30 marathon and the other sub-2:30, he might be a running force in future years.

Is there still that family AR in the spring? I've been hoping that one of these years I can get Arthur down from New England for it--hopefully with his parents, but if they're not interested (or more likely, it doesn't fit their wicked busy schedules), maybe Arthur and I (and Betsy?) can do it as a team without Mom and Dad. Or one giant family team with cousins/nephews/uncles etc.

*One orienteering friend has a video of going with her kid around a little O course when he was about 5. It had old-fashioned pin-punching, so each time he got to a control and squeezed the punch, he cried out "beep!"
Mar 10, 2020 10:16 AM # 
o-maps, Zoe is five years old. She, too, has been orienteering since she was in the backpack (I did my first postpartum o-meet when she was a few weeks old, with her in the carrier). She enjoys looking for "orange flags" but in the past has gotten bored relatively quickly. Just in the last handful of months, she's really turned a corner in the outdoors and now loves hiking, trail running (for spurs on our hikes), bushwhacking, etc... It's been SO fun to see.

And yes! The family race is on for June 13, same general location as last year when Glen, Noah, and Rebekah won it all :) We'd love to have you all!
Mar 10, 2020 3:07 PM # 
He asked me this morning if he should bring some shorts to school, so I think it's stored as a positive memory!

We've done some O with Noah, but he does get bored easily, just like with the run.

O-maps, we'd love to see Arthur and family down here for the family race!

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