Monday, October 3, 2011

Cairo Places Again!

2011-10-01 10.26.04Super proud of Cairo again.  He placed in 2nd in his 4th race!  We ran in the Dallas Running Club 15K Loop Race on Saturday.  This is the longest race that he has participated in.  I wanted him to run a longer race before his half marathon so that he would so how it would be.  I wanted him to know that he couldn’t run full speed the whole time as he might do in a 5K.

I planned on the same type of race plan as the previous 2 weekends when I ran Half Marathons.  Start at a 9:00 min/mile pace and then gradually speed up from there.  I figured that was something that both Cairo and I could handle.

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The weather was great finally!  Temps started in the high 50s and warmed up just a little bit from there.  I definitely felt better than the previous weeks and was motoring at a quicker pace.  I kept checking with Cairo to make sure that he was doing well.  He was definitely keeping up & doing very well.  I’m crazy happy with my splits below.  I love October already and it’s beautiful cool morning temps!  It was great running down at White Rock Lake… it’s been awhile!  Great to see DRC friends and a familiar course.

splitsCairo finished the race in 1:18:27 which put him in 2nd place for 15-19 year olds.  Check out the results here.  I broke my personal record (PR) by almost 3 minutes with a time of 1:17:45.  I landed in 13th out of 43 men in my age group (40-44).  I did finish a slightly a head of Cairo as the spillway hill kind of wore him down a bit.  We stayed together just about the entire race except for the last mile.

Cairo has progressed so well!  He has come from barely able to run 3 miles at a 10:30 min/mile pace and needing to take 2-3 rest breaks… to where he’s at now… running a 15K (9.3 miles) at a 8:26 pace.  That’s such a huge improvement from not running at all in February to now.  So cool!

Thanks to Ursula and Cairo’s friend, Baylee for rooting us on.  It was great to have a cheering section at the Start and Finish line.

I’m really looking forward to Sunday, November 6th when Cairo tackles his first Half Marathon at the DRC Half!

1 comment:

DaveL said...

Contrats, Cairo!
I can't believe your progress. I've been running since college (over 20 years) and am still struggling a 10 minute mile on a 5k.

You absolutely ROCK!
Keep pressing on, especially when you are tired, don't want to hit the street, and the pillow is SO COMFORTABLE!!