In the first week back of Term II the Cross Country race was scheduled however it had to be postponed due to the very wet and soggy and slippery conditions caused by the cyclone.
The alternate date of last Monday turned out to be the only day it hasn’t rained in about two weeks. It was so nice to be outdoors without the need of an umbrella overhead and gumboots on the feet.
Alfie loves his swimming but he much prefers running and the longer the distance the better. The cross country race is 2kms which is a lot shorter than the distance he would prefer to run but certainly better than a sprint.
During the two-week school holidays Alfie did some training for the event. He downloaded an app onto his i-Pod Touch that gave him a training program and he stuck to it. It seemed he had to do a run every day or every second day and the distance varied. It also gave him the speed he was averaging per kilometre and so he was able to work out if he was improving. By punching in his age and weight it gave him his BMI which is incredibly low at 14.2.
The first training run was 10kms and because it was on the roads I went with him riding his bicycle while he ran. That proved challenging for me and I think he thought I was a handicap so after that he did laps of the oval by himself.
He went into the race feeling pretty confident and with a goal to reach the next stage of the competition where he would compete against other schools in his district.
Alfie is not known for getting off to a great start but this time around he managed to at least be in the middle of the pack. By the time he had done half a lap around the oval he had overtaken everyone else and was in first position.
I did hope he hadn’t peaked too soon but a friend said she had seen him doing his training during the holidays and that he was able to maintain a consistent speed lap after lap. Another friend said he had a tremendous advantage over the other boys because his legs are twice as long.
He did another lap around the oval and then he exited through a gate to run two laps around the outside of the oval. Without any coaching, the little guy has a beautiful running style. He’s lovely to watch as he makes running look easy and effortless.
Alfie comfortably won his race and received a medal for his efforts. If it stops raining, the next stage of the competition will be this week. The level of competition will increase dramatically so we’ll have to wait and see how well he does. In the meantime, I’m just glad he’s found something he really enjoys.