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RUNANDWRITE Posts: 327
9/13/08 1:45 P

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I was working with some of the boys from my 12-year-old's Boy Scout troop on their personal fitness merit badge this summer, and we timed their miles every two weeks. Times ranged from 12+ to about 6:30. My 9-year-old ran it with them and ran about an 8-min. mile, placing third among the boys, who ranged in age from 11 to 13. He beat his older brother by quite a bit, too. My 5-year old did it in about 16 or 17 minutes.

(I was a little smug that I could still beat all of them, but I resisted the temptation to rub it in.)

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an achievement but a habit." -Aristotle
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9/8/08 12:24 P

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Wow, he is pretty tall for a 5th grader! That is great that he runs so well.

Amy "Aims "

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9/8/08 12:18 P

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My 5th-grade son runs a mile in about 8 minutes, and the 3000 in under 18 minutes. He's faster than me on the short distances!!! And you wouldn't guess it by looking at him, he's sizable for his age (5'3" and 130 pounds).

It's amazing what some of these kids can do.

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9/7/08 10:45 P

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I was so awful slow all through school and I am still not fast at all. I run a 12-13 mm for my normal runs and 10.30-11 mm for a 5k. I remember absolutely hating running in gym because I came in last. I will never be the fastest, but I take pride in that I ran farther than a lot of people.

-Lisa

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9/7/08 10:14 P

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This is an interesting thread! I remember just walking the whole thing because I was convinced that I was a terrible runner and rather than be proven right, I just walked so I would just seem to not care. I was just embarrassed that I might not perform very well. So self conscious!

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KMICHELE40's Photo KMICHELE40 Posts: 294
9/7/08 6:03 P

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My asthma turned out to be a deviated septum, and I literally couldn't get air in. After that was fixed I was fine. But, I remember the teachers getting SOOO mad at me for using my inhaler before class. Lol, I was so happy when I broke my femur, I got out of gym for all of high school except for a semester of lifting. My orthopedist wouldn't let me run, so I had to bike six miles to make up for it... it was SOO nice to not be made fun of because I was so slow. He wasn't too thrilled to have to fix my knee after I decided to run again four years later. He got over it though.

Never fear, the runner just shows how many more miles until my goal this month.
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9/7/08 2:47 P

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I have had some kids who had terrible asthma but use sports and physical activity to control it. In fact, one of my twins with the fastest mile time in the school has asthma. Many of my kids who have made our cross country team have asthma. It can be a tricky condition b/c some of my best athletes have had asthma, yet some of my most out of shape students use their asthma as an excuse to try to get out of EVERYTHING. Most figure out pretty quickly that I do not accept excuses and if I think there is a real problem that I will call the nurse and she will evaluate them. I had a few kids who were well over 20:00 on their time. You can't even call that a mile "run" really.

I think it's awesome that you turned it around! People like you are an inspiration b/c it shows that you can get fit despite potential difficulties.

Amy "Aims "

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9/7/08 2:31 P

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I have to laugh. Every year I was lucky to finish under 16 minutes. I would start okay, but then my asthma would kick in. I remember one friend who blacked out the last strait. I also have to laugh that folks seem to think that kids stay with running. Not so much. The people who ran when I graduated are REALLY out of shape, and here's me, the girl who almost failed PE, with a degree in sports conditioning and training and a distance runner. Guess you never know. :-D

Never fear, the runner just shows how many more miles until my goal this month.
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9/7/08 10:35 A

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I was VERY fat and out of shape as a child, but I did it in 9 to 10 minutes every year. I'm surprised that you had 12 minute runners at that age! I thought my 9-10 mins was terrible, since I was usually the last one to finish!

We always had a few in the 7 minute range, but most (75% of my classmates) finished around 8 - 8:30.

You can tell how traumatized I was by the experience of always being last in that I can remember this stuff 15 years later with such clarity....

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9/7/08 10:24 A

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I had my 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes run a mile in my PE class last week. Holy cow!!!! My twin girls in 4th grade ran a 7:39 mile, and my 3rd grade girl did a 7:42. I couldn't believe how well they did. It probably helped that my twins are heavily into soccer and ran all summer and my 3rd grader did summer track and went to the Texas state track meet.

I think a majority of my kids were around 12 minute miles. I am hoping they can improve on that. Not all kids are going to be good runners, but I have shared my personal experiences with learning how to love running and I hope that it helps them realize that they can do it. Even though I am not running with them during class, I am right there with them. I know what they are going through.

I love my job....

Amy "Aims "

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Wife to Jay, the police officer.


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