Blogging from A-Z – kids and running

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “K.” (I’m blogging the alphabet in April. Read the details at Suzy & Spice here or the Blogging from A-Z page here.)


RunningIsFunAt my small rural church many years ago, folks would file out of the sanctuary after the sermon and congregate on the lawn, the sidewalks, the parking lot … anywhere just to talk.

Or, in the case of the little kids, to run around and just be kids.

I didn’t realize how seriously the kids took this playtime until one day I heard an exchange between young Adam and his mom, who on this day apparently didn’t have the usual time for chitchat. The family just needed to load up in the car and leave.

Carol: “Adam, we have to go.”
Adam: “But I didn’t get to run!”

Simple enough. In Adam’s mind, post-church fellowship meant burning off energy outdoors.

For a kid, that’s what running is. It’s not the chore that we adults sometimes make it (me included). For kids, running is a joyful, freeing experience.

Funny thing is, they don’t think about it much.

Like the adults do. Obsessively.

One of the great things about being part of a busy running community – especially one with young families – is getting to see the kids run … for fun. Some of them – lots of them, in fact – win medals or trophies, but I imagine that most of them do it for fun, at least when they’re younger.

So, in honor of the kids in the White River Roadrunners club, the kids who run in our local races (around Batesville, Ark.) and just kids in general, here are a few scenes I like:

Erynn finishing the Kids Mini-Mile at the Go! Mile, 2014.
Shawn Jr. getting ready for the Prediction Run, 2014.
Clara, Darcy and Mom Amanda at the women's running clinic, 2012.
Clara, Darcy and Mom Amanda at the women’s running clinic, 2012.
Keira and mom Marie.
Keira and mom Marie.
Ashley Beller and her brood, from left: Millie, Esther and Elijah, 2014.

“There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.”

– George Sheehan


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2 thoughts on “Blogging from A-Z – kids and running

  • Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:11 am

    What wonderful pictures! I started running about five (six?) years ago when my kids were infants/toddlers and I was going bonkers being stuck in the house taking care of them all day. After dinner, I’d tell my husband, “I’m running away from home now.” He say back, “Okay, have fun. Please come back!” So far, I’ve come back every time.

  • Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I’m sure your husband and kids are glad you came back! Running definitely gives a respite from the monotony of being indoors all day with little people who don’t have vocabularies yet. 🙂 I hope you’re continuing to enjoy the journey that running offers.

    Thanks for stopping by today – I’m glad you enjoyed the kid pics!

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