A.M. Again ran at Grandview with Jeff and Benjamin. Benjamin ran 2 miles in 17:38 or so, I believe. The grass was cold, almost unbearably cold. It was good for my plantar to heel attachment inflammation. But it gave me some minor blisters. Not sure what to do tomorrow. Maybe I'll try wearing Five Fingers or Crocs on grass.
The grass was also splippery so it was difficult to run a good pace. I got lapped by the 3:00 per lap guy (7:46 pace), but then picked it up in the last three laps to a bit slower than 6:00 (which took some work on cold wet grass) and edged him at the end with 1:17:57 for 10.04.
P.M. 0.5 with Joseph in 4:35. He closed with a 2:08 quarter. That is very encouraging. Julia won the Thanksgiving 3-4 year old race in 2:00, and I do not believe anybody has ever run much faster than that. So he should be able to win unless there is another Joseph or unless Joseph has a fit. But he's never had a fit in a race. It is a lot of fun training little kids for a race. Mental preparation takes on a new meaning!
With Julia we did the mental preparation like this: "Julia, what are you going to do?" "I am going to run fast and win the turkey!". "What happens if you cry and stop?" "Another girl gets the turkey!" "What happens if you cry and walk?" "Another girl gets the turkey!" "What happens if you fall down, cry, and do not get up right away?" "Another girl gets the turkey!" "What happens if you get tired and slow down?" "Another girl gets the turkey!" "What are you going to do?" "I am going to run fast and get the turkey!"
Jenny and Julia ran their usual distances acompanied by Sarah on a bike. I did not feel like running any more on pavement, and also I was busy with Jeff's programming lesson.