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GERRIT2 Posts: 120
2/2/09 5:26 P

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You'd be amazed how far kids can walk when they want to. When we took our son to Australia when he was 5 he walked everywhere with us. From "the rocks" across the Coat-Hanger bridge and back. From Bondi beach all the way to Bronte beach and beyond. I was wearing a pedometer and we average 7 to 10 miles/day, up and down hills etc. He never complained once. We stopped when we saw something interesting and on the beach walks we would stop at every beach and play a while. We even had races up and down the steep stairs. Once you start walking with them they won't want to stop.

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1/29/09 9:02 A

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Way to go LADYBUDDAFLY! Kids tend to have more energy than adults. My kids 7 and 9 love ot go out for walks and we can do as much as 4 miles. Taking breaks is key to keeping them out longer.

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1/27/09 2:12 P

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I don't think 3 miles total is too much.. I have an almost 7 year old, and she'll hike for days... We have near our house a 6 mile round trip trail and she always wants to do the whole thing, but I'm worried about her getting tuckered out with a mile to go.

I think as long as there's neat stuff to look at, kids don't even really notice the difference. My daughter will happily hike 3 miles by the lake, but walking the 1.3 mile home from school she tired, hungry, etc.. I'm pretty sure she just gets bored.

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Good for you guys... You should be proud..




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1/26/09 11:50 A

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Update:
We did it and she enjoyed it! We even jogged a couple of times and she didn't complain. I am so PROUD of her.

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1/26/09 10:44 A

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I'll agree with what others have said. Work up to it and go at her pace. Our youngest two sons started running some in the last year. They both ran a 1 mile children race with about a months training. Both ran it faster than I expected them to in June, then another in September/October. While the older one I thought would do well he worked at training. The youngest one shocked me/us he did not train hard, played around, walking more than running he finished about 30-45 second behind his next older brother who had worked hard. I expected 2 minutes + for him to be behind.

On Thanksgiving Day we did not let the youngest run, because of his training practices. While the next older beat me by a long ways in the 2.5 mile Turkey Trot. Then again the next older or middle son did too I expected that from him he had ran cross country for the second school year just before November. While the next older sat the Turkey trot out to run the Foot Locker race in Kenosha, WI a day or two later. DH and our oldest ran the 7.5 mile Turkey Trot. DH trains for it while our oldest does not. He is in his 4th year of college though. Our oldest had been pretty athletic in high school, I think he keeps it up. I know ROTC does not let him get to far out of shape.

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1/26/09 8:53 A

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Kids generally have a lot more energy than adults. Take water and snacks with you. Take breaks along the way if you need to. I know my kids like to stop and look around at birds, trees, plants, and bugs. Make it a nature learning experience as well as family exercise.

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1/25/09 12:04 P

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I don't think 3 miles would be too far. It all depends on how fast you walk it. My four year old son joined me on a 3 mile walk/run last year and he walked the whole thing. We were not going very fast but he did it and was so excited at the end. If you take your daughter with you more she will build up to a faster pace after a while. Just getting out there and doing it will be good:)

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1/25/09 11:31 A

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Well it's all about what she can do.. I do the 60 mile 3 day walk for Breast Cancer and I need to train alot. My kids walk with me. The most they (5,8)have done is 6 miles in a day. We bring a backpack with snacks and take breaks. They have also did 25 miles on a bike in a day.. Yah pretty scary. So whatever she can do is great.




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1/25/09 10:27 A

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just let her do her own pace. as long as she is enjoying it, she'll be fine. My 8 year old also likes to "workout" so I built a "routine" for him and he jog/walks a mile in the beginning and the end. Now the 4 and 7 year old want to do it too! Keep setting a great example!

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1/24/09 5:42 P

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I would build up to it if you're not sure. After a couple of weeks of 3 walks a week, she'd probably be fine with it.
Is it three miles one way?

Make sure she's got well fitting walking shoes, they make a huge difference





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1/24/09 5:41 P

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I would build up to it if you're not sure. After a couple of weeks of 3 walks a week, she'd probably be fine with it.
Is it three miles one way?

Make sure she's got well fitting walking shoes, they make a huge difference





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1/24/09 12:52 P

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There's a 3 mile trail near us that I like to walk. I would like for my daughter and I to start doing this together. But I'm wondering if that's too much for her? She's 9, will be 10 in March. She's done the whole thing before, but I don't want to seem cruel by pushing her to do it again. She doesn't seem to mind, but I don't know if she's being completely honest.

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