You know you got a good workout in when your legs are glistening from sweat.
Hard to capture the grossness with a my iPhone and don’t worry Billy, I was sitting on a towel. Brooke does have the cutest feet ever.
So, this morning Brooke decided to rebel against day light savings and be awake for the day at 5 a.m. It is so hard to be frustrated with her not sleeping in when she has a face like this:
By 7:30 she started snoozing so I jumped on the treadmill. This is my PEAK time for running and for the last few weeks I have been working out after 10 so it felt really good to start so early. I started at 7.5 mph and then increased up .1 every mile until she woke up. Girl let me get in10 miles with an overall pace of 7:30. I definitely would have stopped immediately if my back started hurting but everything felt great so I went for it. I really think that it takes at least 2 weeks to start loosing any endurance (I wasn’t running for about 12 days).
Anyone read THIS article about young runners? The article is called ‘Too Fast, Too Soon? Young Endurance Runners Draw Cheers and Concerns.’
These two sisters are crazy fast trail-runners and the older one has been called the ’12-year-old trail running phenom.’ Kaytlynn is 12 and Heather is 10.
A little bit about how they started (Rodney is their father):
The girls are from Texas and just recently competed in the Natuional Championship Trail Run near the Great Salt Lake in Utah. It is a 1/2 marathon course but the elevation on the course goes clear up to 7,300 feet as they run through the mountains. The girls LOVE to run and Kaytlynn says, “It makes a purpose in my life.” They also are very competitive in triathlons too.
A little bit from the trail race in Utah:
In this race the favorite runner, Claudio Spooner, didn’t even beat Kaytlynn and only some of the men passed her.
The girls don’t train that much during the week but always compete on the weekends in one or two events. They have a treadmill in the family room and love all outdoor activities. The article states, “The origin of the girls’ running prowess is portrayed as a genetic mystery.” Their doctor said, “You have to evaluate every case one by one, but these girls are monitored for injuries, and their parents watch their nutrition. Running has no more risks for them than anyone else.”
The article also talked about how 500 runners under the age of 18 finished the LA Marathon last year and the youngest of those 500 runners was 9 years old.
PLEASE check out Lora’s Virtual Race for Hurricane Sandy Recovery HERE!!!
Ellen is doing her THIRD Ironman in two weeks. She is racing to raise money for First Descents (helps young cancer fighters and survivors) so please check out her website HERE!!
What do you think? How young is too young to be competing in these endurance events? How old would you let your own kids start doing endurance events?
-I am totally torn. I feel like the girls really love it, they are extremely talented and all of their doctors have been supportive of their running so it could be okay but at the same time I wouldn’t let Brooke at that age because I think it is way too much on their little growing bodies.