Friday, November 09, 2012
So yesterday we had the final training workout with our team of girls- all fun and games, relays, Steal the Bacon and so on. The weather was cool and a little drizzly, probably what we will have on race day. This was nice, since our mock 5k on Tuesday was on an 80 + degree day. (Okay, I should never complain about the weather, one of the perks of living in the SF bay area!).
During the mock 5k, I was the caboose once again, the Encourager-in-Chief, trying to talk the girls at the back into adding a little slow jogging to their walking. My own pace is a slow jog with walking intervals, so I'm not pushing them to run full out. I am so proud of one little girl who struggled six weeks ago to run even short distances. She jog-walked the entire three miles, proud to have her mom running along with her for the first time! She will be great tomorrow, enjoying the run with her mom. I don't know which girls will end up with me. Last year the younger, slower girls that I had trained with did fine, while a couple of older girls slowed to a walk for the last third. I jogged along side them and tried to get them to jog-walk intervals with me. We did make it over the finish line with them giving a little sprint at the end. Yaay! I wonder who will finish with me tomorrow?
I haven't been keeping track of timing, but I know that my endurance and that of our slowest girls has steadily increased over the weeks of training. I am so happy to see their growing confidence and the acceptance throughout the team of everyone's varying ability levels. Tomorrow will be a day of celebration!