|Here's Nic two years ago!|
|Heather and boys pre-race|
It was brisk and very windy this morning at race start. JD and the boys jogged a little to get warmed up and then it was time to start. JD and Zach took off and did the first mile at around 9:18. Nic and I were more conservative plus we got caught on a jammed section of the course behind some people who kept stopping ot walk. We ran a 10:52 on this section. Nic was doing great and not having trouble with any of the hills. The second mile is a bit tougher than the first with some harder hills, but it also has a short road section after the water stop to make up some time. Zach skipped the water station and did a 9:44 in mile 2. Nic walked through the water station, but then he pushed really hard on the paved section to get 10:42 for that mile. I told him that we were on pace to negative split the race and also to beat Zach's time from last year. He got a big smile on his face and started to push a little harder. I had told him to run behind me whenever the wind got bad so he was drafting whenever he needed to. Zach had a great last mile at 9:02 and finished in 29:09 for an average pace of 9:24!!! He was in the <14 age group which was huge so he finished 35/92, but only one other 9 year old was ahead of him and the rest were older boys. Nic finished strong with a 10:04 last mile and a final time of 32:51 for a pace of 10:22 overall and of course, first 6 year old.
|JD and boys pre-race|
We are super proud of Zach for getting his first sub-30 on a cross country course, a 4 minute course PR, and for meeting his goal. We are also super proud of Nic for conquering all of those hills, beating Zach's time from last year, and running negative splits for a 5K. That might have even have been a first for me with the negative splits in a 5K because I usually lose it in mile 2 when I'm running them all out.
|We finally wore them out!|