The Road Runners club I am in does this timed mile with one of the local young runners clubs each year. It was super super cute to see the kids as young as 3 or 4 running. I was supposed to do a 4x1 mile workout, but since the race was happening and I was curious to see what kind of mile I could crank out, I opted for 3 miles on the treadmill and the race.
It was really cool seeing all the kids running and having exposure to running at such a young age. I joined a track club in 5th grade and it was my first exposure to running. I am so thankful the flyer that I got in 5th grade for the Olney Track Club caught my eye and that I joined. Because of it, I ran in middle school and high school. I've kept that going through my college's track club, which has brought me to run 2 marathons and has me training for 2 ultras and a 3rd marathon. I could have just as easily joined the local basketball or soccer league, but I am so lucky that something about the track club appealed to me. I don't think I would be so involved in running for so long had I not joined.
Either way, I ended up meeting another member of the Road Runners club and we talked about running, races, triathlons, eating during running, and more. We ended up running in the same mile heat. I was really hoping to run close to a 7 minute mile, but I ended up running a 6:49 mile! He ran a 6:40 mile and we both were aiming to be close to 7 miles, so yay for us! I was so happy to break 7 minutes, even though about 4-5 kids around 10 years old smoked me. Those kids could be future Olympians, right? And future Olympians are fast even as kids, so I'm okay with them beating me. Overall, it was a really great experience. :-)