Raymond's Run: How does Squeaky practice her running?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Squeaky practices her running in a variety of ways throughout the short story. She begins by mentioning that she does breathing exercises as she walks down Broadway, while Raymond walks beside her. Unlike the other children, Squeaky says that she practices her running by high-prancing down 34th Street to keep her knees strong. She also mentions that her mother gets uptight when she begins prancing down the street because she is embarrassed. Squeaky also demonstrates her motivated attitude toward running by taking morning trots around the block before school. She says,

"And you can see me any time of day practicing running. I never walk if I can trot, and shame on Raymond if he can’t keep up" (Bambara, 2).

Squeaky also races her father, who happens to be the fastest person in the neighborhood. At the end of the story, Squeaky's hard work and dedication pay off as she wins the fifty-meter dash by beating her rival, Gretchen Lewis. Despite being a champion runner, Squeaky feels like she would make a good coach and plans to help her brother Raymond compete in races.

beateach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the book Raymond’s Run, Squeaky practices her running in a variety of ways. She practices her breathing while walking down Broadway with her brother, Raymond, who has hydrocephalus and needs to be cared for. During their walks she slowly breathes in and breathes out to the count of seven which she considers to be her lucky number. In addition, she runs around the block each morning before school. When she accompanies her mother on shopping trips down 34th street, she high kicks her legs as they walk, which often has her mother pretending not to be with her by walking ahead of Squeaky. Another way she gets ready for races is to race against her father who is known in their neighborhood to be the fastest runner. He is able to beat her, even though he gives her a head start but she continues to race against him in order to improve.