#12 was at it again this morning. In all reality I really don't know how much he should be running - is it too much? "It" - meaning the past 4 weekends (in order) he has done a 10K, Summer Roundup 12K, BTMR 12.8 miler and then the 10K today. Today was the easiest course for him, which made it easier to justify in the mind. But I have a question - at least for myself, but here I am sharing it to get some other opinions - is it too much for a 12 year old to be doing this?
As for todays race - and the reason why the question above is kind of prominent in my mind - it was a bit of an off day for him. If you compare to last year, he was 3 minutes slower. Now, I'm sure the accumulation of some tough miles, especially from the BTMR had an impact. We talked after the race today about not having a great race each time, that we should be indentifying "A" races and "training" races. If we consider today a training run - although he is not really training for anything now - then it was a good effort and result.
As a parent, there's a delicate balance between allowing your kid - who is good at this - to go full steam and conquer the running world as we know it - vs - not wanting him to get hurt or burnt out because of overdoing it. Running and entering races are his call - I don't feel like I am pushing him into doing any more or less than he is. My wife agrees also, pointing out it is a good problem to have. The kid loves to run, we are incredibly grateful for a healthy and actively fit kid. I don't know how I would respond to an alternative.
Pridefully putting it out there - he pulled another 2nd place for his age group. That's three weeks in a row. A 14 year old beat him - 3 weeks in a row for that too (different one each week). I may make him a T shirt that says "I'm #2". On the back it says "14 yr olds suck". Okay, probably not.