The upcoming (4 race) Winter Distance Series just got potentially faster for me. I was originally planning on running it w/ #11 - but she has indoor soccer games on two of the race days. So plan B now goes into effect - I run with #12. I'm looking forward to it - with curiosity.
I hope I can keep up. I don't know if I can. It's not so much a case of fitness - as I have a good base. It is more of a case of ability. I expect this year to be where he beats me more often than not - especially on the shorter distances (10K or less).
We will do some training together and have set a goal to at least beat his last years times. That may or may not result in him getting any awards - which he really wants to. Last year (when he was 11) he was beat out by three 14 year olds to come 4th overall - and was bummed about that because the year before - he actually came second - with slower times.
So, the mindset for him - at least what I have anyway - is that he / we learn that he cannot control much, if any, of how other people run - he is responsible for him. I guess I am also. I am also responsible for bragging on him - which I will do regardless of how he does.
He's a good kid - does some questionable things at times - but don't we all. Hopefully me spending more time w/ him out on the trails will be worth it. I think it will.