Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2Slow4Boston Junior

My blog tends to be so self-centered at times.  It always seems like I'm talking about myself, as I should.  I'm doing this or that.  A PR here, a PR there.  See more pictures of me.  Well, today it's time to spread the wealth a little bit.


A barefoot runner in the making and I
 better start budgeting for more socks.
Not only am I a runner, but I'm a father of 3.  My oldest son Colter, age 6, likes to run sometimes.  Last Summer we ran a 1 mile race together in 10:29.  He likes running, but I've never pushed him into it, and I've never known him to ever run more than a mile at a time, if that.  Last Friday he told me he was going to run 4 miles on the treadmill.  I said go for it, not expecting him to follow all the way through.  Next thing I know, he came to tell me he's at 2 miles.


Lots to look at here.  Notice his Silly Bands next to the
console.  Ignore the Thomas the Train set.  My downstairs
 is a mess.  He is almost at 4 miles.




I heard the treadmill in the other room changing speeds.  He was doing a fartlek workout and didn't even know it.  His sprints were set at 9 mph.  A little later he tells me he's over 3 miles.  Now I'm starting to get interested/impressed.  I run to get my camera and snap a few pics.

Colter did stop a few times to update me on his progress and to grab a drink or two of Gatorade, but he pretty much reached his target before I knew it.




It's official, 4.01 miles in 48:48.
Not sure what gave him the wild hair.  Maybe he was wanting to be like daddy.  Or maybe it was because I told him before that a 4 mile race was too far for him to sign up for and he wanted to prove me wrong.  I think this could work to my advantage someday, I'll just tell him he's not capable of cleaning his room.







His eyes look dilated, maybe he's on the juice.
Nevermind, wrong drug to cause that

I think 4 miles is a long distance for a 6 year old.  I doubt I covered that distance until my late 20s. Pardon me if I'm just being a proud parent rambling on about my kid.  Next time, I'll be back to talking about myself.


18 comments:

Chris K said...

Heck yeah 4 miles is a long distance for a 6 year old, especially on a tradmill. You don't need to be pardoned for the post, it was awesome.

Jill said...

4 miles at age 6 ROCKS!! And um, I think he aims to not only please his daddy, but also be like him!! :)

Tortuga_Runner said...

Hey thanks for stopping by my blog. I love this post, 4 miles is amazing!

Amanda@runninghood said...

This is awesome! I decided to "follow" you after your many doing your wife comment on Chris K's blog. :) made me laugh. :)

Jim ... 50after40 said...

That's great ... he looks like a young Ryan Hall - maybe an American Champion in the making!

Johann said...

That is really good and doing on the treadmill is even more impressive.

Oz Runner said...

hey there, stopping by to say hi...great post...love that your son is getting into running early...i've done two 5Ks with my 8 yr old, and I love running with him...

Christi said...

That is awesome! Congrats to your son!

misszippy said...

Awesome! Love his young determination. You are clearly a good influence.

Kovas said...

Somehow the reverse psychology never works on cleaning their rooms.

Adam said...

I just tagged you in my last post! http://www.theboringrunner.com/2011/01/i-won-probably-because-im-stylish.html

Jesse - Run To The Border said...

That's awesome!

Hannah said...

Awwww! He is darling! And looks so pleased with himself. Adorable!

It was so great to meet you last night, and to get to talk with you! Always nice to talk someone's ear off about running, who actually wants to listen and talk back!

Have a great day!

Caroline said...

you should be proud!
love this post!
thank you for your comment on my blog today, I appreciate your kind words a lot

Teamarcia said...

Sounds like Colter has a gift to me! Wow!

Dash said...

Wow, that is incredible. Definitely a distance star in the making, and barefoot no less! You should be proud, that is amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I actually had the Forrest Gump Braces, but only up to the knee. When I saw that movie I was like, HEY, I HAD THOSE STUPID BRACES!! :) Anyway, love your blog, when I first started running Boston was in a Galaxy Far, Far, Away, but you never know! ;)

Fair Weather Runner said...

that's so precious, and fantastic! proof you are setting a good example for you kiddos! it was good to see you again, hope to see you around some more :)

Running Diva Mom said...

Just found your blog! Keep up the great work! :) TOTALLY LOVE THIS POST!!!!!!!!