Once upon a time there was a mom and her little guy.
One day, the mom and the boy decided to go on a 3 mile run. As you might expect from a seven year old, the little guy started off down the street like a rocket. But the mom soon convinced him to slow down so they could pace themselves. It was a clear, brisk morning and the mom was just glad to be out running and walking together, even if it wasn't at her regular pace.
The mom had her GPS watch with her and when they reached 1.5 miles, the little guy asked how far they had gone and how fast they were moving. She told him they were holding a steady 12 minute pace.
"Let's shoot for 30 minutes!", the little guy said.
The mom explained that to make 3 miles in 30 minutes they'd need to speed up to 10 minute miles and then they'd have to go even faster to make up for the slower beginning pace.
It was an unlikely scenario. But not to the little guy.
"There's no point in not trying, Mom!" he exclaimed as he sprinted down the street.
Of course they didn't make that 30 minute goal.
But those words and attitude stuck with the mom, until many years later she decided to try this.