I head the running program for my agency as a wellness committee board member, and I'm responsible for assembling the annual 3-mile Capital Challenge racing team. As always, our entry had to captained by a commissioner.
It was suggested to me to ask the youngest commissioner, who comes from an athletic background. She's a former ballerina dancer who, although she hadn't run any races, runs two or three times a week to keep fit, and I took her out on a 3-mile run on the mall to see what she had.
She had no trouble keeping up with me. We ran the three miles in 26:14, an 8:44 pace.
The good news was she was indeed a runner and the bad news was I didn't know if I could keep up with her. It looked like our run was pretty effortless to her, although she did appear to need a little coaching on pacing, especially at the beginning of the run because her finish was strong.