Having a few days off work, today seemed like a golden opportunity to go to the park and attempt some timed laps/ interval training. I persuaded my 10yr old son to come with me, saying that he could do stopwatch on my phone.
Theres now a sign up at the park asking you to pay to use the track, so I went to the pavilion but the man didn’t take any money explaining that you couldn’t use the whole track because of the building work. A new indoor training centre is being built next to the track.
So instead of doing the laps I thought I’d do some 200m sprints and jog back. I found that I couldn’t sprint more than 200m anyway! So joe timed me for about 4 of these coming in at about 50s but running into the wind. Then I asked if he wanted to do some and I would time him. He said yes. Imagine my surprise/ amusement/ pleasure when he just went into a warm up routine, doing a few lunges, quads stretches etc! Obviously they teach them to do things properly at school! (Which I am v pleased about!)
Anyway he did his 200m in 40s (wind behind him) and then we both managed to get a few more second off each.
Later we went to the cafe for a drink and a biscuit and looked at our times. Then he said to me ‘do you realise, mum, that if you did this every day and just knocked a second off you would be 7s faster in a week?’ So I said to him ‘well if you did this every day and knocked a second off you would be an Olympic champion by the time you are 18’. ‘Mm’ he replied, considering it as if it was a possibility. I didn’t explain how sometimes you just can’t knock anothervsecond off, not even if you are mo farah!
I’d like him to give it a try, not to be an Olympic champion(although who wouldn’t be a proud parent!) but if he could hold his own in a race at school I’d be happy because I want him to feel confident in his abilities.
It amuses me, to see these flashes of maturity in my baby boy. I think he must take after his dad!