Distance: 2 X 1.25 mi
Time: 1 @ 17:15 (with the boy), 1 @ 9:05
This is usually an off day for me but I ran enough tonight to actually post about it.
My son has been slowly progressing and I am very proud of him. His complete story is, he is 9 years old, an admitted couch potato and fairly seriously overweight. He came to a tearful decision one night that he was tired of being “chubby” and wanted to start running with me. While I was thrilled with the decision, I was, at the same time, concerned about distance running as a sport for one so young. I decided to go ahead and work with him but to limit his mileage until he gets older and stronger.
Since his initial walk/jog around our local park path in 24:00 he has slowly improved both in time, effort and amount he runs vs. walks. Last week, for the first time, he jogged the entire 1.25 mile lap in 18:31!! Tonight, he blew this record away with a 17:15! I’m so excited for him. He is proud of himself, and he should be. That’s a 13:48 mile pace on 9 year old legs. I am already worried that it won’t be long and I won’t be able to keep up with him… 🙂
Once we finished our lap I decided to try and see how fast I could run a lap. The last time I remember running this course for time, I ran an 11:30 something lap. Tonight I ran a 9:05. That’s a 7:16 mile pace. And the significance of the achievement? This is the same course I started on. The one I couldn’t run without walking. The one I ran my first timed mile on in 12:50 just over a year ago. I guess I’m kinda proud of me too… 😉