For a running parent, there are few things more exciting than the day your child wants to start running. But remember: it’s all about them having fun. In the first few years of their running life, everything should be geared towards them enjoying it. Otherwise they’ll soon drop out and could fall out of love with running completely. If they prove to be very good (maybe already beating mum and dad), winning shouldn’t be everything at their first races.
If your son or daughter wants to start running, a good first step is to take them out with you. It’s a safe way for your child to start out and it’s the best way for you to pass on your enjoyment of the sport.
When you’re out with your child, remember a few golden rules:
Comfort is very important too. So make sure they’re running in the right shoes for their pronation level and the distances they’re doing.
You don’t have to spend a fortune right away – we have children’s running shoes designed for beginners like the GEL-GALAXY GS.
If your son or daughter wants to start competing, there are plenty of junior races they can enter. For your child, it’ll be an exciting step and perhaps their first experience of winning and losing.
For you, as a spectator, there are a few things to remember:
Our children’s running shoes are designed just for kids – so while they may share names and technologies with the adult versions, they’re specific to young runners.
The GEL-GALAXY GS gives your child:
The GEL-KAYANO gives your child:
The GEL-CUMULUS GS and the GEL-NIMBUS are cushioning shoe that give your child:
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