Lauren Jacobs had just finished her first year competing at the high school level when she jumped in the “Hazel” 5k Run on Mississauga Marathon weekend. After customizing a few training plans she managed to set new PBs for 400m, 800m and 1500m, but she had never been able to beat her dad in a 5k until this summer!
That’s Lauren in front and I am in the background. It was a monumental day because it was her first time pulling away from me since she started running five years ago at age 10. I coached her and paced her for Track and XC for 4-years and now I will never beat her again.
The best part is that not only did Lauren beat her dad and set another PB, her dad was also following one of our plans and ran a PB as well. Lauren’s official time of 20:12 was just over a 4-minute PB and placed her 2nd in the F19 age group. Her dad Ken Jacobs finished first in the M50-59 age group with an official time of 20:43. It was a 35-second PB for Ken but he’s gonna have to keep getting faster too if he wants Lauren to pace him now 😉