Daughter #2 (13 years old): How far are we running today, Dad?
Me: Maybe 4km?
Her: I didn’t do my long run this weekend. We should run further today.
Me: Well, okay, we could do 5km
Her: How about we turn around at 3.5km?
Me: Noncommittal “Hmmm”
Her: I really should be running 8km for a long run. Her half marathon is coming up in 3 months and I admit that she needs to boost her consistent long runs a little.
a couple km later
Me: Here’s a good turn around point. It looks like we’ve done 4 km but it will probably be a shorter way back
Her: disappointed “Awww”
at 6 km mark
Me: I’m guessing it will be about 7.5km today
Her: We have to at least make it even. We’re doing 8km.
Me: Okay, we’ll go an extra block here.
at 7km mark
Me: It looks like it will be about 8.4km
Her: We can’t leave it at 8.4km. That would only be 50 minutes. I need to mark down 1 hour because 50 minutes isn’t a round enough number.
Me: We’re not doing 10 km. We were only going to do 4 km and you need to get to bed.
Her: Okay, okay, let’s do 9 km.
Me: Sure, OK
300m sprint finish with me lagging behind
Me: That was a great run
Her: Yeah, but my legs are sore. Oh well. You know, we should have run longer.
total run = 9.3 km in 53 minutes.
What have I created? I won’t be able to keep pace for much longer.