Before my most recent pregnancy, I did a 5K and my son did the kids fun run. Shortly after I registered us for a 1 mile fun run, and he and I did it together. He was 4 then.
He is 6 now, and he has said he would like to run with me, though right now I am on the treadmill all the time bc its cold and snowy out..and bc I'm still too big to feel comfortable with running out side (<---90% that reason, 10% the cold)
I have thought about signing up for a big 5K that happens 10 mins from my house, its in the middle of May. I thought about instead of running it for me signing up myself and my son.
There's another issue...my son is autistic, high functioning, but he can be inappropriate at times. Now he and I haven't "run" together since before I was pregnant, but when we did, instead of saying he needed to walk, he would start yelling that he hates this or just screaming out loud noises, not even using words..I have talked to him about it (and I know the more he runs the easier it will get) and he INSISTS that he wants to run with me again. But when we actually do it, he can make a scene...especially if we were on a track and he was not able to "stop" (go home as soon as he wanted) he will moan and shout, saying he can't walk amymore. He is too big for me to carry.
Now all *that* aside, is 5K too long for a 6 year old? I have no frame of reference since I was never allowed any sport like stuff as a kid...I didnt even have a yard to go out in. I was kept in..(I've told this warped sad story before, not going to rehash it...)
I thought about just taking him out "running" and see how he does and registering us last minute if he can handle it. Or maybe I should sign us up for som 1 mile runs again first...Its hard because I'm getting back into running again and he'll say he wants to do races with me, and I think its a nice way for us to have some mom and [his name] time, but then he gets angry when we actually run..or even walk. I did take him on walks around the neighborhood when I was in my last 2 trimesters, NO running, and he still got mad after a while, and these were short walks...and btw at the 1 mile fun run we did he did make a scene there too, but when I offered for us to stop he screams he HAS to finish it...He still wears his medals from that race! He really is proud of himself and wants to do more...
btw he's not over weight at all, does karate year round and soccer in fall n spring so he is active.
idk..any advice ???