He launches himself off the line in the lane next to me, and for a bit I have to run faster than I intended to keep up. He slows pretty quickly though, and we settle into a jogging pace. I keep reminding him of the goal today: “Just to the numbers. You got this. Keep running!” We are shooting for the numbers painted on the track at the other end of the straight section. Run until we hit the numbers, then walk again around the curve.
We both start to get a little out of breath as we get closer to our goal, but I’m happy to see that, today, he not only kept pace with me all the way to the numbers, but he crosses over them and continues at the same pace at least for a few more yards.
So far, so good, Coach Mom.