Running a Mile for FunIt was quite a unique experience to run, and not race, a mile. I chose to take some pictures and videos on the way, cheer for friends, smile and wave at spectators, and run alongside some kid. One cheeky kid kept on weaving left and right in front of me, sometimes slowing down when right in front of me. It was a bit unnerving as I was scared of tripping over him. Eventually, I sped up just enough to be more than a few steps in front of him. As I approached the finish line, the cheeky little boy sprinted all out and passed me right there. My time was not great, but it looked like I made a little kid feel happy and very proud of himself. A good warm up for my upcoming role as a pacer for people who would count on me to achieve a goal they can be proud of.
|With all the other Pace Bunnies|
First Time as an Official Pace BunnyAs soon as done with the mile, I had to walk up the hill to pick my pacer sign and connect with other runners who had 40 minutes as a goal. I stood a few steps behind the 35 minutes pacer and quickly enough peope started gathering around me. When practicing the goal pace, it felt a bit too awkward for me to do it as a continuous run, so I had calculated and practiced running in run/walk intervals at an average pace of 8:00/km. I gave my group a heads up about the run/walk intervals and they all seemed up for it. Many had already planned on taking walking breaks anyway. A mother and her little girl came close to me and so I started chatting with them about their goals, and what they had done in the past. It was not the little girl's first 5k, so she was aiming for a personal best. Doing it in 40 minutes would be a big improvement for her, so I promised her I would do everything to make it happend and make it fun.
|Waving at Debra Kato who took many great pictures at the event!|