I have read so much contradicting information on the ability/safety of a younger child running a half marathon.
My daughter will be 9 soon, but she has been running with me for about four months. Her longest distance was 7 miles in 90 degree weather. Her weekly total max was 16 miles.
She wants to run a half with me in October, which is a great season for running in Texas. I start my training in August and I plan on letting her train with me. We are doing the Hal Higdon Novice half-marathon training schedule, as we are not running to compete, but to complete :)
As of now I let her lead our runs. She sets the pace, I monitor her breathing and foot strike, and I make sure she is plenty hydrated and wearing the proper gear. If she trains alongside me, it should be okay, right?