A.M. Joseph wanted to run a mile time trial today. Julia helped. We drove to the track, did a warm-up there, and then started. Joseph ran 6:52.9 with the splits of 1:42, 1:45, 1:42, and 1:40. It was probably 1:40 high. The 3 seconds otherwise were lost on the extra 9.34 meters from 1600 to the mile. This is his new PR by 2 seconds. I do think that with competition that would motivate him he could run 6:40.
Part of the problem was that Julia was not in a good mental state to help today. She was supposed to race him in the second half, but she only did a 200 in 49 to which Joseph responded, but then dropped back and coasted to 3:45 finish saying she was not feeling good. I explained to her that a fast 800 meters never feels good. So we are going to do an 800 time trial on Monday hopefully with better results.
Benjamin was at the Youth Conference and ran 3 miles there. Joseph and Julia ended up with 2 miles total. Jenny ran 1 with Jacob, and 1 more alone - 2 total. I ran 8 more. Met another runner on the trail - turns out he just signed up for the blog - his name is Nelson. We did a couple of pickups to measure his conditioning and potential. 100 in 16.8, 200 in 33.5, then a mile in 5:48. I also ran into Neal Ferrin who just got married. He was running, his wife was with him on a bike. Just like Sarah and I 15 years ago. Ran with them for about 0.75 at the end.
Total of 10 miles for today. Legs felt virtually painless today, but I could feel in the 100 and 200 pickups that they lacked the strength. I actually was trying to hit 15.5-15.7 in the 100 and about 32 in the 200, but my sense of pace was way off.
P.M. 0.5 with William.