For the 3rd consecutive year, the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida have invited me and the #TampaTrio to participate in the annual Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint (5K) and Tagalong Trot (1 mile). You can read about our previous experiences here, and here.
We love this race, and last year Ronin won big by placing in the Top 50, and earned himself a box of cookies!! It was this race that really set him on his goal to run longer, run faster, run smarter.
So how do you do that? How do you run longer, faster, smarter? Especially when you are only 8 years old and you already run faster and longer than anyone you know?
Well, I don't know the answer to that question, but what I can tell you is how I trained my 8 year old son to be a smarter runner.
See, I've posted before about Ronin starting off like a cheetah and getting tired out too easily. We worked on that and he was able to easily achieve a sub-30 5K. E.A.S.I.L.Y.
But what do you do if you've never run before, or if you want to run longer distances.
This is what I did....
I used a Gymboss Interval Timer. I clipped it to the top of my bicycle. And I rode my bike while Ronin ran.
We did 5 minute intervals. 4 minutes of an easy run, 1 minute of walking. And we did it 4 times per week.
Our plan was working great!! Ronin had gotten up to 6 miles of running. He was training for the Gasparilla 15K, and he was DETERMINED that he would win for his age group (10 and under). But then his world came shattering down around him when he broke his leg just 3 weeks shy of his first 15K.
7 months later and Ronin is now out of his cast, but he still wears his boot on occasion, and he walks with a limp.
That broken leg really took the wind out of his sails.
He's been running, though not for time. He's just been running for fun.
And what better way for him to get back to the racing circuit than a race designed for fun??
With 3 options to choose from (5K, 1 mile, Virtual) there is an option for EVERYONE!!
We'll have to see how Ronin (and me, I have injuries right now too!!) continues to feel throughout the rest of the summer, but I'm thinking we will all (me, Ronin and both girls) go for the 5K for the third consecutive year.
Have you suffered a serious injury and been able to come back as "good" as you were before?? Tell me how you did it, please!
You can find out more information about the race HERE, and you can register HERE.