So the kiddo is wanting me to start running with her. I know there is no way I can run like she is. I'm not even sure how to start.
Couch to 5k
If you can't do the next step, stay on the one you're at for another week. So, say you're on week 1 and it's time to move on to week 2. You try out week 2 and find it's physically too difficult (not mentally too difficult but PHYSICALLY), then step back to week 1 and do it again. You don't have to finish in 9 weeks.
And remember, MENTAL difficulty is not the same as PHYSICAL difficulty. In most cases, our bodies are perfectly capable, but our brain is stuck. Unless you physically hurt, you're suffering from mental weakness. In that case, push through. Tell the brain to shut up and keep going.
I couldn't even complete a quarter mile mixing walking and running so I said F it. I think 5 minutes into I just decided that I'm done with couch to 5k and settled on the idea that running is not my thing. I don't want to tellTristan that. I think that would disappoint her. I feel like someone in the house should want to run with her. I want to be able to run(at least more than a quick sprint), but I do not know if running is in the cards for me or not.
This plan starts out with 60 seconds of running. If need be, you could do a week 0 where you do 30 second jogs followed by walk breaks. And maybe the reason you can't get far is b/c you're going too fast. Just do a slight shuffle. You don't need to break land speed records the first time out.
If this is truly something you want to do with her, don't give up on it.
If you have a bike, maybe you could ride alongside her. Cycling helped me start running, my cardio was much better & legs were stronger by the time I tried.