What’s better than your own PR? Your child’s, of course! Yesterday I paced my son through the local Turkey Trot 5k. Before we started he told me he wanted a 26:30, which would have taken about a minute off his PR. He told me, “Daddy thinks I can do a 25, but I’m not so sure.”
Well, I was pretty sure he could do that 25 also, but I kept my mouth shut. The course didn’t have mile markers at all, and I was only wearing my Timex, so we were going on feel. But I have a pretty accurate internal clock and it felt like we were doing low 8s. My son was doing great, working hard, but handling the pace just fine. When we turned the final corner, it looked like we had about 1/4 mile to go. I knew he could do sub-26 at that point and told him so. He kicked it in and ran his way to a 25:42. I was so proud of how well he ran!
It was a fairly small race, so I wasn’t sure what the age groups would be for him (he’s 9). When they announced the awards, sure enough, he was 3rd in the 12 and unders. That scored him a pie for our Thanksgiving meal–he chose pineapple, which sounds gross, but was actually quite good. It was a great start to the day!
And now to the winners of the Tytenz gear belts. Random.org selected numbers 30 and 68, so Tricia, of Endurance Isn’t Only Physical, and Historiodora on the Run are my two winners. Email me your addresses and preference on the belt and I’ll get them out to you. Congratulations!