Joining school late, we figured Miles could wait to join any of the after school clubs until the spring.  However, on day zero we met another kindergarten mom in the playground who happened to be a coach of the Foothill Cross Country team.  She was enthusiastic about it, and Miles was too, even after we cleared the confusion that cross country was running and not LEGOs.  He was still in!  He had only missed a couple practices and would be able to join some of the competition later in the season.  Signed up!

As runners ourselves, Tim and I were super proud of Miles’ excitement and what developed into a true love of “distance” running (the kindergarteners race a 1km).  He’s always been an endurance rather than sprinter kind of guy, and this was perfect.  The coaches were awesome, playing running games but incorporating all the elements of running coaching.  They ran drills, intervals, long runs (with stops at the playground in between) and prepped mentally for race day.

Miles participated in 2 of the races.  The first race had a tough start (about 1/4 of the little runners fell over after an ambitious group start), but he was back on his feet and pumped away to a 6:15 kilometer.  His first words at the finish were, “I want to do the next race”.  The second and final race had the added incentive of a medal at the finish line, and Miles was much more prepared this time, slashing his PR down to 5:30!  He wore that medal proud.

Track season is just around the snowy corner, and there’s a few events in the meantime to keep his interest.  I’m hoping to get involved with coaching at that time too!