The break between the final cross country meet and the first indoor track meet was short, less than a month to be exact between the Region 1 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship at Bowdoin Park and the Youth Holiday Classic at the New York Armory. Last year, both of my son’s competed in two Armory meets (here and here), and this year only my younger son would run at the Armory, with my older son competing for his high school track team.
A year ago, my then 11 year old son chose the 3000 meters indoors in preparation for the 3000 meters at the Junior Olympics outdoors. This year, he decided to focus on the mile indoors with a goal of running around 5:20 outdoors. In spring 2013, he ran a 5:46 PR for the 1600 meters outdoors at the Western Connecticut Conference (WCC) Championship. For the Armory Youth Holiday Classic on December 22, my son’s goal was to run close to his outdoors PR.
He ran a super mile. Running even 800 splits (2:51 / 2:51), he set a new PR of 5:42 for the mile (6 second PR when converted to 1600 meters), placing 8th out of 25 boys in his age group. Thrilled because of the nice PR to start the indoor season, and knowing that he had not run a track race in several months, my son is already looking forward to the next Armory meet on February 17 with a goal to run around 5:35. Stay tuned.
Milers receiving last minute instructions for heat 2 (2nd from left)
Getting to the outside after the start of the mile (in green singlet)