My OH has footy aspirations for Baby Z. Being a completely crazy football nut the OH plays football regularly, watches it on TV regularly and will even attend the opening of an envelope as long as that envelope contains anything remotely related to football in it.

So imagine his joy when Baby Z learned the word “Goal!”. It was as if, at the tender age of 16 months, half of his footy training had already been complete. Baby Z loves kicking a ball around and there are even glimpses of him being left footed. (I dunno…apparently that’s a good thing!). He loves screaming “Goooooaaaal!” any time someone scores, it doesn’t really matter who, and he will run straight towards any football playing crowd on our daily visit to the park.

There is something, however, that I need to break to the OH some time soon. I actually think Baby Z is going to be a runner. Probably a long distance one. He has all the stamina of Mo Farah and all the speed of Usain. He is already going through a daily training programme. Completely self motivated, Baby Z will thrust my keys into my hand and declare “PARK!”. He is at the door before me and refuses any amount of help with warming up or being picked up. He would rather dart straight to his training ground and just run and run. And run. And run. And run.

With all the improvement in his speed I’m actually thinking of investing in one of those mobile buggy things.

So, OH, if you’re reading this… We have a runner on our hands, not a football player.




  1. Jenny paulin August 8, 2012 / 8:13 am

    He will prob like football tough if daddy does, I think it’s kind of inevitable for boys to favour the sport their dads do. Where do they get their energy from is what I would like to know? Makes me exhausted just seeing your photo lol x

    • notmyyearoff
      August 8, 2012 / 10:10 pm

      I know! He’s like a little road runner most days!

  2. shacklefordlb August 8, 2012 / 8:15 am

    A bit like Forrest Gump πŸ˜‰

    Running training will be great in many sports, when he gets a bit bigger x.

    • notmyyearoff
      August 8, 2012 / 10:10 pm

      Hehe, I never thought of that but he’s just like that’

  3. Nikki Thomas August 8, 2012 / 8:15 am

    Ha ha that made me laugh! I’m sure your OH will tell you that you need to be a good runner to play football too! I have no doubt that when baby Z is big enough, he will tell you what he wants to do!

    • notmyyearoff
      August 8, 2012 / 10:11 pm

      I think I’ll actually find it strange if he starts walking everywhere! πŸ™‚

  4. Asturian Diary August 8, 2012 / 8:37 am

    Love it! That photo gives a great sense of his appetite for running. He’ll keep you on your toes too!

    • Notmyyearoff August 8, 2012 / 10:20 pm

      He really does. I feel like I should be drinking lucozade every day!

  5. helloitsgemma August 8, 2012 / 9:22 am

    Fantastic! I love that he give you the keys and says Park!

    • notmyyearoff
      August 8, 2012 / 10:01 pm

      He even chucks my shoes at me occasionally πŸ™‚

  6. Herding Cats August 8, 2012 / 10:02 am

    Fabulous. My six year old daughter loves to run.

    • notmyyearoff
      August 8, 2012 / 10:01 pm

      Ahhh in a way it’s lovely that they keep it up. I jus need to find enough energy to keep up!

  7. Mirka Moore (@Kahanka) August 8, 2012 / 11:24 am

    I love running and my 5 year old daughter shows her keen interest too. Not everybody needs to be a football payer ;)))

    • notmyyearoff
      August 8, 2012 / 10:00 pm

      That’s very true! Running seems to be his passion at the moment.

  8. Emma The Mini Mes and Me August 8, 2012 / 8:02 pm

    My two often leave me behind, sprinting off randomly! They too love running.
    Loved the bit where you said he hands you the keys and says park hehe x

    • notmyyearoff
      August 8, 2012 / 9:58 pm

      And it’s every single day at the moment. Im trying to explain about rain to him but he doesn’t seem to be listening!

  9. ginacaro August 8, 2012 / 8:22 pm

    Bless, my son loves running, he runs everywhere x

    • notmyyearoff
      August 8, 2012 / 9:55 pm

      So this running is here to stay isn’t it?

  10. LauraCYMFT August 8, 2012 / 8:44 pm

    LOL great post and photo. I’m sure your OH will say he needs to be a good runner to play football. Running is another really good sport to get in to. I’m thinking of taking it up myself.

    • notmyyearoff
      August 8, 2012 / 9:54 pm

      I feel like that too…mainly after seeing all the Olympian abs!

  11. kelloggsville August 8, 2012 / 8:56 pm

    great photo – brilliant!

    • notmyyearoff
      August 8, 2012 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚

  12. lmkazmierczak August 8, 2012 / 11:28 pm

    nice photo, you can give it to him when he wins a medalβ™«β™ͺ

  13. readysteadymummy August 9, 2012 / 9:35 am

    My OH isn’t interested in any sport except golf, so there is a good chance Isaac is going to amble about as slowly as the rest of us, which is quite alright with me!! xx

  14. emsyjo August 10, 2012 / 5:17 pm

    My son runs everywhere, although I think its because he knows I can’t catch him at the moment being 9 mths pregnant.

  15. jenny paulin (@JennyPaulin) August 10, 2012 / 10:16 pm

    thanks for linking up Tash πŸ™‚
    i love how he is just getting further away from you what a monkey!! x

  16. Lauren August 13, 2012 / 12:31 am

    Thank you for linking up to Flashback Friday.
    My father in law is a sporty man. He plays golf and has been captain of the whole club (or something) but my husband is very anti-sports….although has been into the Olympics.
    I think there should be a new category in the 2016 Olympics “Toddler Running”. It would be fantastic.

  17. Funky Wellies August 13, 2012 / 10:03 am

    LOL! Wonder what his Dad will think of that?!

  18. The Boy and Me (@TheBoyandMe) August 16, 2012 / 12:42 pm

    Mr. TBaM did cross-country running in school and The Boy loves it. I actually think he’s going to be a gymnast because he’s got the right physique and is too dainty for football or rugby!

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