KIDS RUNNING - GETTING INTO THE SPORT
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 enjoyment, otherwise, they could fall out of love with running completely. Whatever level they’re running at (maybe already beating mum and dad), winning shouldn’t be the primary focus at their first few events.
STARTING TO RUN
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:
- Keep it fun – they should always run with a smile on their face
- Be realistic about their abilities – don’t take them too far or on technically demanding routes
- Explain what running is really about – it’s all about fun and improvement rather than instant success
- Don’t force the pace – let your child dictate the speed and follow their lead
- Show off local scenery – let your child take the time to appreciate the beautiful outdoors during their run
Comfort is very important too, so make sure they’re wearing the right shoes for their pronation type and the distances they’re running. You don’t have to spend a fortune right away – we have ASICS kids’ running shoes designed for beginners like the unisex GEL-CONTEND 6 GS, which you can read more about below.
THE FIRST RACE
If your son or daughter wants to start competing, there are plenty of junior races they can enter across the country. For your child, it’ll be an exciting step and perhaps their first experience of competitive sport.
For you, as a spectator, there are a few things to remember:
- Choose the distance wisely – make sure your child can make it to the finish line
- Make it about fun, not winning – they should know win or lose that you’re not disappointed
- Respect your child’s coaches – no child wants to see their parents and coach arguing
- Support and encourage – cheer on all the children racing, not just your own
KIDS RUNNING SHOES – A GUIDE
Our kids’ running shoes are designed specifically for children of all ages, so while they may share names and technologies with the adult versions, they’re specific to young runners.
ASICS KIDS’ RUNNING SHOES FOR BEGINNERS
The unisex GEL-CONTEND 6 GS gives your child:
- Added comfort and support for growing feet
- Excellent durability for day-to-day wear
- AMPLIFOAM technology to provide unbeatable cushioning on any terrain
- EVA sockliner for excellent shock absorption and a great fit
ASICS’ KIDS RUNNING SHOES FOR OVERPRONATORS
The ASICS GT-1000 9 GS gives your child:
- Enhanced support and stability
- Rearfoot GEL technology to provide premium cushioning and shock absorption and reduce the pressure on joints
- Eye-catching colours and a comfortable style that’s versatile for everyday wear
- DUOMAX technology to provide extra support for overpronators
FOR NEUTRAL RUNNERS
The GEL-CUMULUS GS is an everyday cushioning shoe that gives your child:
- A winning combination of cushioning, comfort and durability
- GEL technology for premium levels of shock absorption and a smooth, comfortable ride
- GUIDANCE LINE technology to keep young feet stable and supported
- ORTHOLITE sockliner for an additional layer of cushioning comfort
WHAT ELSE TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING KIDS’ RUNNING SHOES?
- Should I buy a larger size because kids’ feet grow so quickly?
Children’s feet grow very quickly, but as with an adult, it’s extremely important that kids’ running shoes fit properly to provide the necessary comfort, stability and support. Choosing shoes that fit properly will also help to prevent unnecessary movement and reduce the likelihood of blisters and other problems.
- Should you go with premium brands such as ASICS to avoid causing problems for your child’s feet?
While ASICS kids’ running shoes are high quality and designed to meet the particular needs of children with different running styles and foot types, it doesn’t necessarily mean that shoes from less established brands can’t do the job. However, it is worth considering the all-round performance of the shoe rather than focusing on just one or two aspects.
- How do I know if my child under- or overpronates?
The signs and symptoms are the same as you’d expect to see in an adult. If your child overpronates, then they will land on the heel and roll excessively inwards. If they underpronate, they will land on the heel and roll excessively outwards. Read our guide to understanding more about pronation.