Sunday, November 06, 2011

Local 1Km and 5Km Events

Yesterday we participated in our first family running event. There was a local 1km run for kids and a 5km for the adults in a park a few miles down the road. It was a really small event hosted by the local Wildlife Center. We talked with the girls about doing this event and they were extremely excited about it all week. I couldn’t stop them “practice” running around the house Friday evening.

Everybody enjoyed the event. Both girls predictably went out running way to fast and got tired quite early. Anja did really well, ran the entire 1km with Lynne. Isabel, who was probably the youngest runner of the day, also did very well (mostly since she was carried part of the way by Daddy).

Randy watched the girls while we ran the 5km. This was probably Lynne’s longest run since the girls were born and she looked good out there. Randy got a good picture of her which is shown below.

I was planning on trying to beat my 20:46 best time for a 5km run but I ended up with a little more than planned. My target pace put me in the lead for the first half of the race (I did say it was a local race right) with this 14-16 year old kid. I was really proud to have the kids see me out front of the race, particularly since the course looped back a few times through the start where they were standing. I was with this kid runner all the way to the finish. We had a sprint finish but on the day youth won out. To be fair he looked like he had a lot more left in the engine whilst I was totally maxed out. I was pleased with my time though, just over 20 mins which isn’t bad for 5Km.

We all had a great day. My favorite quote for the day though was something I heard these two kids saying after the race. One said, “Hey did you see the end of the 5Km run, it all came down to this young guy and an old man running for the line”….nice….!!

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