The other night I was taking my older son outside to the park. I made a comment about how it is so nice out at this time of the day now that the sun has started to go down. This is the time of day that Daddy likes to go running. He then asked me, “Can we go running now?” The question caught me by surprise and I said “Not tonight, but when you get older we can.”
He is almost five. I was thinking of taking him out for a ¼ mile fun run to see how he likes it. For him, the thrill is being with Daddy; doing one of Daddy’s favorite activities. I want him to grow up knowing how important physical activity is to your health. I just do not want to burn him out at such a young age.
What do you think? How young is too young to start running? How far is too far?