Colin and I have an aspiring runner on our hands which, since Spud is 3-1/2, I think is awesome. Unfortunately I don't think we can enter him in a race any time soon.
Let me explain: We live in a condo so we don't have a lot of inside running around space. So Spud's preferred "race" route is around our living room table. It's normal for him to get his sillies out before bed by doing laps. Sometimes he'll stop for "fuel" (yogurt or Cheerios) every 2 or 3 times around. Yesterday, however, his competitive side came out. And I mean COMPETITIVE!
He started out okay. Then all of a sudden he began pushing his arms back and yelling, "CRASH!", every time he took a step. I asked if he was pretending to be a race car. Um, no. He told me that he was pushing all of the other runners out of his way. I don't think he believed me when I told him that he wouldn't be allowed to run if he did that in a real race. So he stopped and had a sit-down break, which are apparently okay in races because all of the other runners have to stop and wait for him to be finished.
I had hoped that he was just going to go back to running laps nicely, but that didn't happen. Instead Spud put a pillow on the ground and used it as a hurdle. He then said, quite matter-of-factly, that the pillow stopped the "pretend runners" from catching him since he was a "real runner". I have a feeling he didn't mean pretend in the invisible sense, but that he meant that they were posers. Complex thoughts for a preschooler...
As Colin said after, maybe he and Spud should be playing a little less Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit? All I thought was that we should sign him up for the local T&F club when he's old enough!