After warming up with them and doing a little more myself followed by some dynamic stretching, it was time to go. The beginning goes straight across the park and was a little crowded because I had guided the girls to the middle of the start area where we would nor hold anyone up. We are still working on the concept of pacing but they did a great job of jogging and later told me they had run the whole way. After leaving the park and heading south, I gave them a couple quick instructions and ensured they were up for the challenge, we separated.
I relaxed a little and opened up my stride, quickly passing people. This course is quick, with no real hills and only a few turns. Within three quarters of a mile I had taken the lead. We make a couple turns to get on a paved trail that makes up a good portion of the course. I physically felt fine, but definitely did not have my normal speed or stride. As I passed the volunteers at ever y turn they clapped and cheered. I also enjoyed the other bonus of doing a race repeatedly, not having to worry about the course, but relaxing and listening to input from my body instead.
Getting back into the park, I summoned a little kick for fun. I knew I felt slow was happy to have gotten out there, expecting to hit around 18 minutes. I was close, finishing in 17:40 and was proud to learn my daughters successfully ran the mile in well under 10 minutes. As I cooled down, I ran back on the course to pace my friend in who was going to win the 10 K. He had a bicyclist to follow and we upped the speed together for the last time to give him a time he was content with. A while later there was a kids run, and my daughters decided to enter that too, getting a cool wooden medal for their efforts.
All in all, this was a good day. The course was well marked and the park location means the kids got to play while the adults went through their race routines. This event does a good job of marking the course and there was plenty of food after. Attendance can be hit or miss, usually dependent on the weather, but I for one, will definitely be back next year.
You can find the full results here.