Saturday, 27 January 2018

Running - for fitness & fun

This year I am taking part in the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair, which is hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. This is the fourth week, and the topic is Enriching Our Learning.

Last spring, one of my children decided that he would like to start running. I had taken running up a few months earlier, and he wanted to give it a go. Since one of his friends also wanted to try running, we decided to meet up in a local park so that I could take the two of them together.

Once he started, my daughter (then only 5 years old) joined in, and later one of my other boys. I told them that if they could make it up to three laps round the park (5K, or just over 3 miles), I'd take them along to parkrun with me on Saturday morning. Parkrun is a free, timed 5K run, manned by volunteers.

Celebrating my daughter's first parkrun with an ice lolly.

In the end, my daughter was the first to manage the distance, but my two younger boys and their friend soon completed their 3 laps and started coming along to our local parkrun too.

We're now regulars at parkrun, aiming to be there every week when possible.  We even ran on Christmas Day - and made it back in time for church! It's good for their fitness, and a good way to be part of a local community. Michael and I take turns to run with the children or to run at a faster pace.

We've also volunteered to help a couple of times, and will do so more in the future. The children really enjoyed this - particularly when they got a chance to be in charge of the bar code scanners one week!

Peach Volunteers

Over the months, my eldest has come along to watch us run most weeks, but hasn't quite decided to join in (though I think he has sort of wanted to for a while). Last week he came along and ran one lap, and this week he managed his first full parkrun. He's really pleased with himself - and I hope he continues to enjoy it as much as the rest of us!

This is the final week of the 7th Virtual Homeschool Fair. Our topic is:  Enriching Our Learning.

Note: All posts will be live after 8 am EST on Monday, Jan. 29th.
Celebrating 7 Years of Homeschool Support & Encouragement by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
All of the Extras by Christy Schaefer @ Unexpected Homeschool
How To Explore Special Interests In Your Homeschool by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Learning outside of the box by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool
Putting the Heart Back into our Homeschool by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Adding in the Fun by Michele @Family, Faith and Fridays
The Electives We Use in Our Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
The Fun Parts of Homeschooling by Annette @ A Net in Time
How we add in the fun stuff. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
Running - for fitness & fun by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home
Adding in the Extras by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool
What About the Fun Stuff? by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
And the Learning Goes On, And On, And On by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
Let's See What's Out There! (Electives and Extras) by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break


  1. What an interesting way to get in fitness and be part of the community. I have never heard of anything like this for running but it is great. Congrats to your kids that have made the distance to participate in parkrun. - Lori

    1. It has worked out really well for us. There are parkruns all over the UK - it's brilliant!

  2. oh fun, how nice to find an activity you can all join together.