I trained for months, read Runners World faithfully, and talked about running ad nauseam to anyone who would pretend to listen.
Fast forward to four years ago when we moved here and I met my friend Mindy. While humble and quiet about it, she knows all there is to know about the sport of running. She has trained elite athletes and coaches. She has run umpteen marathons. Her personal record for the mile? Has a very, very small number in front of it. She'd never tell you that herself, but girlfriend is hard core.
Chase has discovered this past year that he is a runner. He loves it and has been putting the miles on his shoes. He went from running the mile at school a year ago in 12 minutes to running it in 6:56 this year. He's thrilled and continues to push himself.
So when Mindy told us about a kids track club, we were all over it. And last night, they had their very first meet. It was a mile run, and nerves were running rampant.
And that was just the moms.
Here is Chase in the pack as they cross the starting line:
It was not long before we saw Mindy's son Nick leading the pack. Setting a new personal best and winning the kids event, here is Nick crossing the finish line:
Yes. That is a FIVE-TWENTY-NINE for his time.
I am not sure I can walk into the grocery store from the parking lot in 5:29. The kid has lightening for feet.
While we are awaiting chip time results officially, we believe Chase broke his personal best for a finish time of 6:55 (or faster. Hurry up. Post the results, will you?)
And, yes, he finished with that Chasey flair we have come to expect:
Not long after that came Nick's eight-year-old sister, Olivia. Me thinks this little one will be taking after her mama, too. I am not sure I could do a sub-eight-minute mile.
Unless I had a bike. Even then, that might be pushing it.
All three of our little runners, smiles and happiness to be done:
It was a really fun event. Especially exciting was watching the elite men run a mile in, oh, I don't know, THREE-MINUTES-FIFTY-SIX-SECONDS.
I bow at the throne of running.