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7-yr old running "distance"

By Teri Breton  |  May 17, 2010


My 7-yr-old daughter just joined a track team in April, practicing 1- to 1-1/2 hours 3x a week. This past weekend, she ran a mile at a "fun run" in 8:09, and then the next day, at a real track meet, ran an 800 in 3:24 and a mile in 6:30. We were dumbstruck. On Monday, though, she had some pretty bad tummy aches and then overnight on Monday had a bad diarrhea attack (and woke to a tummy ache in the morning). Now I'm worried that she over-exerted herself... or something. How much is too much running for a 7 year old? Was the race schedule for the weekend too much? Thanks for your help...

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