A.M. Ran with Jeremy and Ariel. We did a 2 mile tempo down the canyon. The target was 6:00 pace. We went through the first mile in 5:55. Ariel faded after the first 0.75 or so. Jeremy also had a hard time in the second mile and ran it in 6:12, total time 12:07. It is interesting that they both did fine at 5:53 pace for 1.5, but when we make it 2 all of a sudden we are in a different psychological territory. We will try again next week and see if we can break this mental block.
Then I came home and ran with Benjamin. We jogged 2 miles and then ran 2 miles hard coming back. Our time was 11:36.6. It is not an easy course, I had to work to keep up. Benjamin was pushing the pace most of the time except for about 500 meters after 1.5. This is a breakthrough for Benjamin. I estimate he should be running a track 5 K in a low 18:00 or a little under. He will run the Utah Valley 10 K. The goal is to hold 6:00 pace all the way.
Then ran with the other kids. Total distances were - Benjamin -6, Jenny, Julia, and Joseph 2, Jacob 1. I ran a total of 13.