It was chilly and windy on race morning, but the kids were excited to run. We pretty much knew it wasn't going to be a race to set any records so we focused on having a good time. We lined up near the front in the 8-9 minute mile group, but somehow even after race start people were walking within the first quarter mile.
|Nic looking good at the start.|
|Zach being smart and taking the outside lane to get out of the mess.|
|Heather getting trapped in the pack like a rookie.|
I could see the kids up ahead of me and figured that I would eventually catch up to them. I figured that I would focus on trying to negative split the race. I came through the first mile at 8:29. Zach ran his first mile at 8:15, and Nic was somewhere in between the two of us. As we turned a corner to go into mile 2 which is normally the flat easy mile in this race, we got hit with a wall of wind. I managed to keep my pace and speed up a bit to get an 8:21. Zach slowed down a bit for an 8:26, and I caught Nic at this point. Zach started to pull away again in the last mile, but Nic was struggling a little on the uphill so I stayed with him. Zach ran an 8:46 in the 3rd mile.
|Zach at the finish|
Once I got up the hill, Nic took off on the flat, and I started to go with him.
|Nic mixing it up with a master runner again. I think he secretly likes to torment these guys by trying to outkick them at the finish.|
Then I saw a boy off to the side crying with his shoe in his hand. I told Nic to go ahead and stopped to help the kid put his shoe on. He was still crying and said that he didn't want to finish so I told him that I would run it in with him.
|Me with my new little friend|
I ended up doing my last mile in 9:21 due to the time that I lost with the kid in the shoe. My final time was 27:50, Nic was 27:19, and Zach was 26:51. Decent day overall and a fun way to spend a Sunday morning. That was the last race of 2014 for Nic. He has improved so much since last year, and he is developing into quite a little runner. Zach and I are going to do a 5 mile trail race on Saturday to wrap up our 2014 race season.