So my 6 year old has expressed an intrest in running and compleated her first 1k this weekend (6:30). She wants to do a 5k next spring and she is already to run 2k in practice without stopping (she couold have gone further but I cut her off at 2). My main concern though is over training her. I'm afraid that she will push herself to far and get injured. I'm going to limit her to the 10% rule, but I would love some suggestions to make sure that she trains smart and does not get injured.
Wow! Its pretty rare to find a child that young getting so into running that she has already set a goal for herself. I HAVE seen 8 and 9 year olds at that level and they went on to become good runners in High School. My 2 older boys ran their 1st 5k at 8 and 9 years old. That being said, you may consider keeping her at the 5k distance for a while and perhaps setting a distance limit that slowly rises as she grows. Just an idea that I used with my kids. It kept a goal in front of them. I think the most important thing is to remember that YOU have to create the balance for her and it appears that is what you are already doing.
Best of luck to you both and keep us posted on your progress!
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