Ok, I understand now. No, I am not nuts nor am I living through my child's fun times and his enjoyment. No, I am not going to hurt him physically or mentally. I'm a very supportive parent that encourages him to have fun at whatever he enjoys and if he isn't having fun at something, then he is free to find something else to make him happy. At the same time, I always encourage him to do his best and to give 100% at everything that he does. If he wants to succeed at something that is fun to him, should I hold him back? Should I tell him that he can't run 5K's all the time? The kid gets a lot of excitement out of winning a medal, improving himself, and the food, snack or candy at the end. All I want is to see him have fun, set goals and achieve them, and to make sure he doesn't hurt himself along the way. If this makes me an awful parent, then maybe I'm either asking the wrong questions to help him or I'm talking to the wrong people. I know that I sure as hell am not going to stop him from doing something that makes him happy!