A.M. 12 total. Benjamin did 3, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, and Jacob 1 in ancipation of the cross-country meet later tonight. I did 6x400 with 200 recovery down the Provo Canyon - 72.4, 71.4, 70.6, 70.7, 70.7, 68.8. It was getting a little warmer, and there was an odd smell in the air for some reason - like something was decaying under heat and moisture.
P.M. The kids ran in the Kiwani's Park Cross-Country Meet. The distance was 2 K. We had six children participate - Benjamin, Jenny, Julia, Joseph, Jacob, and William. I had to fill out and sign six forms. I dislike bureacracy, legal language, and handwriting but in our day of lawsuits the City of Provo has to cover their behind even for something as simple as gather up a bunch of kids and have them race each other. I remembered Alma 11:20: "...they did stir up the people to riotings, and all manner of disturbances and wickedness, that they might have more employ, that they might get money according to the suits which were brought before them..."
Benjamin, Jenny, and Julia were not running 100% healthy. Benjamin and Jenny still had remnants of the cold, Julia had an inflamation of piriformis. Not sure where it came from - on Friday it came out of nowhere during her run, and has progressively gotten worse in spite of massage, icying and reduction in training. I took her to a chiropractor today and he did some magic, but she was still having issues. The odd thing is that the only time it hurts is in the running movement.
Benjamin won the race overall in 6:49 beating Grant by 8 seconds. Jenny was 3rd in the 13-14 division with 9:08. Julia wobbled through her race in 10:22, but nevertheless managed 3rd in the 11-12 age division. Joseph won the 8 and under division with 9:08, Jacob was second after his "bully" older brother in 9:26. William had an impressive race for a 4-year-old finishing in 12:01 in 6th place in the 8 and under division and beating 11 kids all of whom were significantly older than 4.
Mile PR ratios:
||Track mile PR or equivalent
||Mile PR estimated from 4:30.84 1500 performance. 2K performance was relatively weak due to sickness and running alone, however the 1500 performance took place over a month ago and was under less than ideal circumstances as well. So 1.40 ratio is probably right.
||Mile PR is weak, and due for being taken down, but the performance today was relatively weak as well due to the cold last week and not being used to spikes.
||Piriformis problem seriously affected the performance.
||Outgrew his spikes, we did not discover in time to get him the new ones, ran in Crocs which is less than ideal on grass.
||Also ran in Crocs, his mile PR is rather weak. When he set it he was bothered by his breathing problems. With 1.40 ratio his mile should be 6:44, which he would have gotten. He did not have any breathing problems he complained about in this race.
||Going into the race his mile PR was 9:20, but three days later he improved it to 9:05 with the second half in 4:22. His mile times also come from the road on an out and back course I measured with a wheel which is slower than the track. Obviously at the age of 4 his performances are going to fluctuate based on his mood. On this day we caught him in a good competitive mood and it showed. Based on the 1.40 ratio his mile should be 8:35, which is actually about what I would have expected on the track and in the right set of mind.