Today was the final race of the three meet season for Landsharks. Sydney had one race today. The one mile. First, a little video of the event…
Each meet is held with two other local schools. Since today was the final meet we got all the kids together for a group photo. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one on the Landsharks website soon.
Sydney was super happy to have one of her fellow classmates and good buddy, Julia on her team. They both ran really well together and I think they were great at keeping each other in the game out of pure competition. Julia is a fellow mountain climber/ athlete in her own right so Sydney learned a thing or two from her bud as well.
Ready, Set, Go!
The one mile is 4 times around the track. Sydney had to learn how to pace herself for this distance which can be a hard thing. Most kids go out way too hard but would quickly bonk from the pace and Sydney stepped right in for the pass.
On the final stretch the pain on Syd’s face was quite evident. That’s what she was supposed to do. Leave it all on the track and rest when you’re done.
Syd’s final time was 7:53:8. Sub eight minute mile. I for one was super proud of her finish. She came in right behind Julia for first and second girls. But more importantly…she beat all the boys in her class. Now, isn’t that what it’s all about!
Landsharks is a non-competitive introduction to track so there were no official placings. Everyone gets a medal at the end of the series.
We were lucky to have Papa here for the final meet of the series. The girls always love having grandparents around to share in their activities. I think Grandpa was really proud of his racers today.
So, what did we think of Landsharks? The girls both loved it! They really loved the feeling of participating in a team event. Gymnastics practice just doesn’t give you the same team feeling. They also both commented on now much they liked the actual race. How could you not like running around a track to constant cheers from the sidelines from both parents and schoolmates. They both also ran really well which helps. As for Mom, I really enjoyed cheering on all the little kids. It was inspiring to see them try so hard even though you could see the pain. It really made for a nice afternoon.
Post face we let Sydney open a couple birthday presents. It’s no fun on a school day. These were the Mom present of the year. Right up ole Sydney’s alley.