Today was the inaugural Colonel Classic 5k in Ledyard. Alex and I signed up and this was his first ever 5k. The course wasn’t exactly flat and it was about 42F when we started. Amanda came along for a ride in the stroller. Alex still needs to grasp the concept of pacing, because he tended to sprint for a few seconds, then walk. Eventually (around the 2 mile point), I gave up on convincing him to run a steady pace and we fell into a run/walk routine. 1:00 run, 30 sec walk. That worked well for keeping him moving. I also threatened that if he gave up, we would eat okra soup for lunch, but if he kept the 1:00/:30 routine, I would let him have Subway. About 1/4 mile from the finish, his friend Jack (who was watching his Dad run) met us along the route and ran back to the finish with Alex.
Alex’s first 5k was a time of 42:14, which equates to a 13:37/mile pace. Not too bad considering the hills. Best of all, he said he actually had fun!