A.M. Tapering. 2 miles with Benjamin in 15:30. 2 with Jenny and Julia in 17:13. One by myself in 1 in 6:46. Jenny wanted to do set a record in the quarter after her run. So we started out at a good pace and she hit 300 in 1:01 fairly evenly, but then she panicked because she thought she was going to throw up and just stopped. I explained to her that feeling like this was normal in an all-out quarter, she realized that all she had to do was coast in and she would have had the record, and now was determined to try again. I explained to her that she was not going to run as well due to fatigue, but given how much ahead of her record pace she was on her first try she should still be able to get it. On her second try she was able to hit the first 200 in 41, then faded to a 23 100, and then 24 finishing in 88, which is still a record by 3 seconds. But her first attempt shows she was capable of about 83 fresh.
0.5 with Joseph in 4:26. 0.25 with Jacob in 1:54. He set another record. Now I am starting to think that the story about Summer Harper's 3:58 half mile at the age of 3 could actually be true. I heard it from Hawk and used it to motivate Sarah to start running back in 1999 right after our first child (Benjamin) was born. She did a time trial to beat that time and nearly died running 3:57. The she decided to start training. But then after I became more familiar with what 3 year old kids are capable of I began to wonder if maybe something was exaggerated in that story. Now Jacob has shed a new insight for me on what a 3 year old kid can do.