Introduce concepts of pacing—a key element to running—in a simple and fun manner.
Elementary school kids are used to activities based on short bursts of energy alternating with rest. Begin teaching pace by helping children learn the following:
- They can run at different speeds
- What different speeds feel like when running
- How tired a particular speed makes them feel
- How to distinguish between constant speed (running at a steady, consistent pace) and variable speed (running at a fluctuating pace)
Pacing is a tough concept so have fun exploring it with your elementary school-age kids without worrying that they achieve command of the skills.