One week after running while sick at the Wilton Cross Country Invitational, my son had an opportunity to rebound at the Brewster Invitational on Saturday, October 5th in Brewster, New York. Although still not 100% healthy and fit, he relished the opportunity to redeem himself from what he termed a “terrible” race at Wilton.
The New Canaan Running Club was represented with six boys for the 2.5K (1.55 mile) middle school race (7th and 8th grade only) around the beautiful Brewster high school campus. The beginning of the course quickly narrowed after about 100 meters, with a slight uphill at the narrowest point, so it was important to start fast. Unfortunately my son was boxed in and probably around 30th when the course narrowed, but he moved up into the top 10 at the 800 meter point. Feeling much better than the week before, he continued attacking the course, and on a long uphill advanced to 6th place. With an equally long downhill to the finish, he held his place and completed the 2.5K course in 9:56 minutes (6:24 mile pace).
What a difference a week can make. My son was thrilled that the New Canaan Running Club placed 5th among teams (same as at Wilton), and that he was able to run with the front pack and drop his mile pace to 6:24 (from 6:41 at Wilton). Next up: The prestigious, challenging Wickham Cross Country Invitational.
Coach giving last minute instructions
Running in the pack at the start
In the top 10 at the 800 meter point
Fighting to move up with the pack right behind