My dad starting running in 2011. He routinely strength trained, but cardiovascular exercise was never really his thing until I suggested running the Run with Dad 5K last year in Reston. I felt an incredible sense of pride when we crossed the finish line together. After that race, Dad caught the running bug and has raced 3 5Ks over the last year.
This Father's Day, Dad and I decided to run the Dash4Dad 4-Miler.
Sunday was an absolutely perfect day to run. I hadn't raced since Providence, so I was itching to see what I could do after my month off from intense training. Dad and I started together, but I found my happy pace quickly and went with it. (We registered as a team, and Dad and I discussed that I should run ahead if I wanted to and was able to run faster.) The course was very similar to the Love the Run You're With 5K, with a modified start and finish location. After the first hill, I pushed faster but felt very comfortable.
At the turnaround, I tried to see if I could spot my dad on the course. I didn't, but figured that he wasn't much farther behind. With the finish line in sight, I made a final push and crossed the finish line. My dad -- awesomely -- was less than a minute behind.
The race by the numbers:
Gun Time: 36:42
Net Time: 36:10
Average Pace: 9:03
Net Time: 37:01
Average Pace: 9:16
Among Father-Daughter Teams (by daughter's age group), Dad and I placed 5th, with an average time of 36:36:01. What an amazing way to spend Father's Day morning!