Last week Jace told me "If its not too windy next Monday [today] we're gonna do the mile in gym." When is it not windy in SE MN? Yesterday it was said to be calm. The wind had to be 15 mph. I just looked at the weather--around 5-9 mph from 9-noon. Down here, that's calm. We'll see what happens. As I mentioned in an earlier post, his goal was to go sub-7 in the mile. He did a 2 mile race at a 6:47 pace so I guess he's already below 7, but that was an out and back--going 4 times around a track to reach 1 mile is a little more difficult pace.
Stay tuned for an update.
UPDATE, 04/20/10: They did the mile. I don't know what happened, but he ran it in 7:05. So, he can run 2 miles straight with an average pace of 6:47, but 1 mile alone at 7:05...? He still did very well as 7:05 for a 9 year old is pretty fast. I asked him how it went and how it felt and why he thinks he ran a different pace than at the 2 mile.
Jace: "Well, I didn't have any body to chase."
Dad: "Ok, that does make a big difference. Its a lot more fun to chase after people in a race than to run alone on a track. Did you catch up and lap anyone?"
Jace: "Ya, like almost everyone, like three times."
Dad: "Could you pretend you were chasing them?"
Jace: "Not really... They were too slow."
Then, I didn't try, but I stumped him...
Dad: "Well you did really good anyway. Let me ask you this... What if you were the fastest person in a race and were out in front the whole time and would win, would you have anyone to chase?"
Jace: "Huh. Uhhhh....what?"
I could hear the wheels turning, but nothing else came out.