Little runner: Loud ‘n’ Proud

For the last couple of months, my daughter has been bugging me about starting running. I must admit, I was a little sceptical. I don’t know enough about the science of kids and exercise, but I know that running generally is something which can cause damage – plenty of adults get to the point where they can’t physically run any more as they’ve damaged their knees through years of pounding the pavements. But, then again, kids do run a lot in daily life – in the playground at school and in the sports and activities they do outside school. So it couldn’t do that much damage, could it?

And my daughter is a determined little thing. If she wants to do something, she will do it. And she will do it well.

She has taken to running wherever we go – whenever we’re out walking or going to the shops, she’s always sprinting off ahead. I love watching her run. She’s just so fast and her technique is beautiful.

My daughter also very competitive. She wants to be the best. And she is forever setting herself long term goals to be the best. Since she’s been in the juniors, she’s been in a few competitive sports events against other schools – a couple of cross country races, an athletics event and a swimming gala. Generally, our school does pretty badly against other schools. But my daughter wants to do better. In the first instance, she wants to make sure she’s always the one picked for the team. Looking further into the future, she wants to be as close to winning the schools’ cross country race in year 6 as she can.

She hadn’t got any proper trainers for running, just some cheap pumps for PE or her dance trainers, which are very big and bulky, so I got her some running trainers (and she conned me into getting her some running leggings). She loves her running gear. She teamed them up with her Pineapple dance hoodie (because you can take the girl out of the dance class, but you can’t take the dance class out of the girl) and we went for our first run.

Daughter, running, Loud 'n' Proud

I know she’s been doing about a mile in cross country at school, so we went for my lap of the block, which is just under a mile and a half, and I let her set the pace. She set off incredibly fast – I almost struggled to keep up.

‘Slow down, you need to pace yourself.’

‘This is how fast I run.’

Not surprisingly, she needed to walk after less than half a mile. But it was a short walk, and she was off again. She ran a bit slower, but she needed another walk. She was tiring towards the end, but she was determined. There was no way she was walking again.

She ran the whole thing in 16 minutes, which isn’t much more than 10 minute miles – that’s a pace that many adults run at (I run at around 8.30-8.45 a mile). Despite the stops, I was very impressed with her pace.

The following week, we were running again.

‘I’m only going to stop once this week.’

So she did. She paced herself a little better this time.

She was tiring at the end, but she pushed herself for a sprint finish, which was totally her own idea.

Again, she did it in 16 minutes.

Her next goal is to complete the run without walking. By running regularly, she will learn to pace herself better and will inevitably increase her speed as her fitness and stamina increase.

I am so proud of my daughter for her competitive nature and her determination. Everything she achieves is because she wants to do it. That year 6 cross country win is in her sights.

If you’re feeling Loud ‘n’ Proud about any achievements this week, however big or small, please add them to the linky below and grab the badge if you like.

Next week, Loud ‘n’ Proud will be hosted by Mama Owl.

Mum of Three World



Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. She sounds like she’s really following in your footsteps. It’s not the most amazing weather right now so she must genuinely be enjoying it!

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    • Thank you! I’m very proud that she’s following in my footsteps – and without me making her do it too!

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  2. Oh Sarah, she’s so lucky to have you to run with. She’ll learn quickly about pacing herself too – and it sounds like she’s going to be a natural runner like her mum. You should be so proud – as I know you are. What a lovely thing for the two of you to share x

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    • Thank you! It is really a lovely thing to share. I think she’ll crack the pace in a few weeks. x

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  3. She does sound very determined….Good on her! You must be so proud of your new running buddy x

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    • She certainly is! Thanks. It’s great to have her as my running buddy. x

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    • Thanks very much, really appreciate that.

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  4. Wow, well done to your girl! I’m not surprised though, she is so full of determination. 16 minutes is a fantastic achievement. She’ll be beating you soon 😉

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    • Thanks very much, she probably will!

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  5. Now see I am generally content with my sloth like behaviour, but I think it’s awesome that you have set your kids the example that exercise is fun- which sets them up for a healthy life. Sadly my horror at exercise (probably a hangover from horrid school experiences) means I am giving my kids the wrong attitude, not sure I can change myself to change that for them though! Keep meaning to join in loud and proud as have a couple of things to be proud of, but keep forgetting until i read your posts- will try and remember for next Thursday! X

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    • Ooh, yes, would be lovely to have you joining us on Loud ‘n’ Proud!
      We’ve obviously done something right with the exercising because we have never pushed the kids to follow us and start running, but they’ve taken that decision themselves from seeing us, which is great. 🙂 x

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  6. I think it’s great that she want to run. I really hope I can get into running as I think it will help me both mentally and physically. At the moment I need to get my fitness levels up a bit x

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    • Thanks very much. It definitely would help you – you just need to start off slowly with short distances and you’d soon build up. x

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  7. Your daughter sounds like she has such a great attitude to life, I’ll bet she’s going to ace that cross country race.

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    • Thank you, she certainly does! And I think you could be right about the cross country race 🙂

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  8. I used to go running with my dad and when I got better he struggled to keep up haha. I went on yo run for Surrey as I got older. Good on you both x

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    • I love that! I’m actually looking forward to when my kids can run faster than me – I will feel that my work is done! Running for the county is very impressive 🙂

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  9. If she is determined to get out in this weather, she is doing very well indeed. How lovely to be able to share something like this together too 🙂

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    • Thanks very much, it really is lovely to run with her 🙂

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  10. My girl wants me to start running again so she can come along – I have no idea how she would fare but it may be a good way to get me out there again?!

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    • It definitely would! If she’s keen, why not give it a go?

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  11. It’s great that your daughter’s keen to get out and running, my eldest has started joining me when he’s not at college. They learn to pace themselves better as they start to learn how their body works which is great, it’s important for them to understand what their body can and can’t do. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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    • Thanks very much, always a pleasure to link up! It’s lovely that your eldest is running with you too. I hope my daughter will get the hang of pacing herself soon.

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  12. Go girl! I’m blown away by both of your speeds!

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