Friday, May 29, 2009

Elementary School Run

My daughter had to run a 3-mile road run today as part of her gym "final" for the year. The requirement was a 50 minute finish, which isn't that tough, but the different classes and schools (two elementary schools were there) make it into a competitive event. Parents are invited to participate and my daughter wanted me to run with her. I am working from home today and the run was only a mile from our house, so it was easy for me to be there.

I tried to give my daughter and her friends their space, so I wouldn't embarrass anyone. They had a funny way of running the race - sprint, walk, sprint, walk, etc. I would let my daughter get ahead and then I'd catch up when they started walking again. After the two mile mark, the sprints became more like a jog and I was finally "able" to keep up. But, with 100 yards to go, my daughter and a friend took off and left me in the dust. I laughed as I jogged to the finish. My time was 35:51 and my daughter was about 5 seconds faster than that. I was very impressed by her sprinting ability and her attitude through the event.

Earlier today, I saw the chiropractor. Last night, I ran an easy 6 miles and the hamstring felt pretty good. Later today, I'll see the physical therapist. I'll lift tonight. And then, I'm planning to spend the weekend hiking on hilly terrain.

I've only got 3 Saturdays left to do any long training days. Because my training volume has been low this spring, I don't need my normal 3-week taper. A 2-week taper will be fine.


David Ray said...

Your daughter had to run 3 miles in elementary school? That's a new one for me. All I hear about is the kids today not having to do any real exercise at school. Good for her!

Damon said...

It's only the 5th and 6th graders who have to go that far. They train for it all year long by running laps around the playground (when the weather permits) once a day. They can walk or run. They count their laps for the year, and get credit for how many marathons they accumulate during the year. Then, they each get a shirt for raceday and each shirt is customized - the child's name is on the shirt plus one special decal per marathon completed since the school year began (Think Buckeyes on Ohio State helmets).

After the run, all of the kids sign each others' T-shirts. There are a few kids that don't like it, but for the most part, it's very popular.

The kids get credit for mileage done in organized races outside of school as well. When my son was in 6th grade, he begged my wife and me to let him do a trail marathon so he could get the most decals of anyone in his class. We were hesitant but he convinced us, trained, and hiked the marathon with my wife.