Friday Five – Running with Kids


As I’ve been running with my son to get ready for the BAA 5K, I wanted to share some tips on running with your kids.


The idea running must be their idea not yours!Ā I’ve gotten some emails asking “How did you get your son to run with you?” The key is I didn’t “get” him to do anything. As with all of his other interests, starting to run was his choice – and he asked to sign up for a 5K. Trust me you’re better off if you let them come to you with the idea!

Let them set the pace. Yes this can result in sprints followed by walk breaks but eventually they will settle in.

Let them know it’s ok to walk. When we first started running together, my son thought that he must run every step or he wasn’t a “runner.” Clearly he hadn’t seen any of my long runs šŸ™‚

Build slowly. Just because kids have boundless energy and can keep going and going doesn’t mean they should. Build distance as you would with any new runner to avoid injury.

Keep it fun! Above all else this is most important! Our runs have led to some great mid-run giggles and post-run conversations.

Do you run with your kids?

Once again I’m linking up with the lovely ladies of the DC Trifecta. Be sure to stop by and show them some love!Ā DC_linkup



  1. Such great tips. I love running with my kids. The only thing I would add here is that experience has taught me you never know what race day will bring and you have to be ready for the good, the bad and sometimes, the ugly! ; )

  2. Great tips! My kids are still pretty young (my oldest is 4) but they are interesting in running already. My 4 and 3 year old have done a couple of short races and loved them. I think one of the biggest factors in getting kids interested in running is to lead them by example. They see me out there running and enjoying it and want to participate as well.

    • I think it’s great your kids are already interested! My boys are 11 and 8, and even though they loved coming to my races to cheer neither one showed any interest in running themselves until just last year.

  3. Love your tips! Yes, let them set the pace and relax! I signed our five year old up for a 1-Mile Fun Run….I can’t wait and neither can he šŸ™‚

    Will stop by more often. Love your blog Michelle!

  4. No kids for me yet, but I hope one day, I’ll have a little runner :).

  5. Great tips! I’m still stuck on #1 with mine. :-/

  6. excellent and practical tips — your kids are lucky to have a great mom, michelle! šŸ™‚

  7. I run with both of my kids. More so my son than daughter especially if we’re running an obstacle or mud race.

  8. Love these tips – thanks!!! My daughter has shown an interest in doing a kids’ fun run but I haven’t pushed it. I think this will be her year, and then maybe we can work up to a 5K sometime when she’s bigger!


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