|Wrong kind of too young.|
Still can't believe she dumped Justin Beiber :(
First, about ME.... Yes, I am still running a pretty solid 55-60 miles per week, training for the Shiner (Beer!!) Half marathon on Dec 16. No, I didn’t actually shave a patch of hair off of my leg in my Betty Tri Kit review. Yes, I would have if the picture didn’t turn out right. Yes, now that it is cold I did shave some of the hair around my nipples so that my nipple tape would stop pulling them out. Now that we have that out of the way.....
A week ago I was in Dallas helping cheer at the DRC half marathon. (Before the half marathon I ran 15 miles in 7:21 pace just so that I could think “Oh, you’re tired? That’s nice, I ran further” as they went by. Isn’t that how you cheer?) It was just like any other half marathon that you’d been a part of before. A skinny Kenyan was leading at mile 10, I saw two running Elvi who, after me telling them that they looked good said “thank you, thank you very much”, and overall people were pushing it hard.
Not too far into the race (on track for a 1:30 half), the normal fasties were going by: Skinny dude, skinny dude, girl in sports bra, dude, 10 year old girl, skinny dude.... wait, what? A TEN YEAR OLD GIRL was on track for a 1:30ish half marathon. Turns out, she was 12, weighed likely 70 pounds, and my grandpa would say was “knee high to a grasshopper” as he trailed off talking about how expensive gas is now a days.
|The Welsch Sisters|
So, I’m honestly a bit torn. Obviously her parents are trying to nurture their gift – because they certainly do have it (1:30 half marathon, 3:45 full marathon). And you can hopefully assume that the girls do enjoy running. But, just because they are good at something doesn’t mean that they should eat, sleep and breath it at such a young age. I have to think that for every Tiger Woods playing golf on Johnny Carson at the age of 3, there are 100 kids who have a golf club slammed into both of their left hands only to consider themselves failures because they didn’t end up having sex with 11 hostesses at Denny’s.
Are this girl’s parents any different than a soccer mom/dad making their kid practice for 90 min every night so they can get on the BETTER club team? Mmmm, probably not. But, I would argue that long term running can be a bit harder on your body that some of those other sports. Little growing bodies need to be protected – I think? What do YOU think?