Children in general are getting less exercise. Mine is no exception. So, during the summer of 2006, I informed DS that we would all enter the Bryce Canyon 5K run (held in July). We built him a running schedule, gave him full access to all the exercise equipment, including our treadmill and MP3 player. Ha. It was an interesting experience to say the least. Follow the trail of the tale:
Yep, we bought shoes. Remember, we drive 85 miles one-way for anything more than iceberg lettuce. Then we had to buy bigger shoes - apparently "do they fit" is not a specific question to the 13 year old mind. After that, he ran off, yes OFF, the treadmill which thanked him and threw him into the door. Dented door..dented pride...very sore ribs when we finally stopped laughing!
Yes, we both beat the boy. We figured we would. He admitted he didn't prepare. Now, he's playing football, and proud that he can run a full 5K without stopping to walk. Realize, 5K is only 3.1 miles. Not a stretch for a kid who plays sports.