|Everyone wore the number 1!|
I met Delaney at the practice 5K a few weeks ago where we ran a nice slow 5K in about 35 minutes. She told me at the end of the practice she wanted to beat that time during the real race. I thought, no problem! Well not only did we beat it...we SMOKED it...or rather she smoked it and I huffed and puffed in an attempt to keep up with her. The stopwatch guy at the end said we finished in 26:50, my watch said 28:08...pretty fast for a 9 year old!
Mile 1 - 9:31
Mile 2 - 9:16
Mile 3 - 8:47 <--- I think it was a mistake to keep telling Delaney how far we had to go...she just kept picking up the pace!
I asked Delaney how she prepared for the 5K that morning and she replied with "I ate a chocolate chip muffin in the car on the way here, I like to bake". I'm pretty certain she also had a sample of pop chips and a luna bar pre-race as well...the fuel of champions!
|Look at that perfect form...arms at 90 degrees and everything!|
We ran along the shores of Lake Washington in Seward Park where I have never been. The course was fun and two hills challenged us both along the way. After we were finished Delaney and I went back to the finish line to cheer all her friends in and she was SOO excited every time one of her teammates would run by, it really shows you how close these girls get over the course of the program.
As I was leaving I asked Delaney if she was going to go home and rest for the afternoon to which she replied "no, I have a gymnastics competition this afternoon". Oh to be young and FULL of energy!