Born To Run – A Complete Guide For Kids Running Long Distance

Born To Run – A Complete Guide For Kids Running Long Distance

What to expect

  • At what age can kids start to run
  • Is it advisable for kids to run 3000 metres
  • At what age can kids run any long distance event
  • Running as a fun sports 
  • Age limitations 

Born To Run – A Complete Guide For Kids Running Long Distance

If you see youngsters running on a playground, sprinting across a football field, or simply trying to catch the bus, you’ll notice that they have a smooth, natural stride. For example, children can play football for more than 60 minutes in a single day, morning and evening. When they see danger approaching, children can run as far as they can away from anyone. After all, we begin to run as soon as we learn to walk. And when we do it as kids, we usually do it for one reason: to have a good time. Keeping it that way is one of the most exciting possibilities, but it can also be one of the most difficult tasks.

In the medical field, there is surprisingly little research-based advice about children and running. While orthopedic specialists have created guidelines for the risks of too many baseball pitches or soccer kicks, there is essentially nothing to guide parents who are raising small runners. Distance running’s long-term consequences on developing bodies and brains have just not been adequately investigated. However, the overwhelming medical recommendation is that running at virtually any age is appropriate provided the child is pleased and motivated and there are no significant problems.

Running, according to Erica Gminski, youth programs director for the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), should be fine at any age as long as it is portrayed as fun and not overly organised for very young children.

Fundamentals of Youth Running, published by the RRCA, provides broad running guidelines for each age group that may assist parents in understanding how their child’s running participation can progress:
Regular exercise, such as fun organised running, is advised for children aged 3 to 9.
Ages 8 to 12 participate in a running group with two to three months of structured training.
Kids can gradually increase their exercise distances and participate in competitive training as they approach puberty. These criteria, on the other hand, can vary greatly depending on the individual.

Dr. Mark Halstead, a pediatric sports medicine specialist at Washington University in St. Louis, believes that youngsters are usually ready to start running longer distances—5 kilometer (5K) events, for example—between the ages of 8 and 10. “However, a child’s personal pace of development and desire to run is more important than his or her chronological age.”

Running can also be viewed as a stepping stone to other sports that your child may enjoy, such as soccer, basketball, football, or tennis. Soccer players have been known to run up to 8km (5 miles) on the field, with little concern about whether practicing numerous times a week is dangerous, according to Halstead. “It’s always a question of whose motive is more important: the parent’s or the child’s.” “I think it’s acceptable if the youngster has the right approach and training programs,” he says.

Some kids aren’t interested in ball sports or team sports to begin with, so presenting running as an individual or a team sport like track and cross country may be appealing,” Gminski explains.

Excessive training, just as in adults, can lead to damage, which is why specialists recommend making exercise enjoyable. “If the child is in discomfort when running, it is a problem that must be handled as soon as possible.” “Soreness afterward is usually not an issue,” adds Dr. Halstead, “but discomfort while running is a major concern.”

The basic message is that if your child begins a running routine, you should check with their pediatrician or physician and watch for signs of stress or pain in them. Running for fun is essential; otherwise, you risk setting your youngster up for failure or, worse, a long-term injury.

Advantages of running as a kid

Kids may need to go out and go for a run now more than ever in this age of screen addiction. Although you can start running later in life to improve your cardiac health, this does not apply to our bones to the same extent. Running, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, enhances bone strength considerably in early adopters and may help prevent osteoporosis.

Other advantages of getting up early to run include better sleep, enhanced self-esteem and confidence (crossing finish lines! ), a lower chance of type 2 diabetes, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Physical activity, such as running, can help children’s attentiveness, grades, and test scores, according to Gminski. “Believing in yourself to try new things, keeping to a schedule, and being able to establish and achieve goals are all lifestyle-improving benefits,” she says.

Running is a fantastic opportunity for families to bond while also teaching young children about their bodies and minds and instilling a lifelong love of health and fitness.
Running must be enjoyable for children in order for them to like it and prefer to do it. It must also be a means of learning new things and being exposed to them at a young age.

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  1. Ibrahim, I’m proud of you. I pray you reach where ever you want to 🙏🏽🤲🏽📿 I hope to see you…

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