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alexvanv Rookie 6 posts since
Oct 14, 2008
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Oct 14, 2008 7:41 AM

8 years old - 1st 5k


My name is Alex and I ran my first 5k this past saturday.  My final time was 23:42!  I really want to keep running, but my mom is not a runner, she is a swimmer, and she is worried about me burning out.  If I want to keep running 5ks what should my mom and I do?






  • brittinaxel Expert 49 posts since
    Aug 13, 2008
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    1. Oct 14, 2008 8:41 AM (in response to alexvanv)
    Re: 8 years old - 1st 5k


    First of all, Wow Great Job!!!!! I'm not sure of  your biking or swimming ability, but you could maybe try a triathalon??? I would say don't give up on running and don't over do it then you should be fine.






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  • btraber Expert 53 posts since
    Oct 1, 2008
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    2. Oct 14, 2008 10:39 AM (in response to alexvanv)
    Re: 8 years old - 1st 5k

    Awesome job!!!! If you want to keep running, and I assume you're in a school that doesn't have a track team yet, ask your mom to make an appointment with the track coach at the local high school and get his/her input and also pay a visit to your doctor. Between them, they can probably come up with a great plan to help you keep running without getting burnt out or overuse injuries. Good luck to you and I hope you are able to keep running!!!

  • Dinine Rookie 47 posts since
    Sep 27, 2008
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    3. Oct 16, 2008 7:57 AM (in response to alexvanv)
    Re: 8 years old - 1st 5k


    Hi Alex!



    First- please tell me that your mom is with you on this Board.  Second- Congratulations on your run!



  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
    Jan 18, 2008
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    4. Oct 16, 2008 8:28 AM (in response to alexvanv)
    Re: 8 years old - 1st 5k


    Congratulations on your race Alex.  I encourage you to stay physically active and running is one way to do that.  At your age though, there are physiological issues with doing a lot of running, because your body is still growing.  You and your mom should discuss these issues with your doctor to come up with a good plan for your running that will also avoid injury.










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