I like that term “pain cave”. Interesting way to describe it. It does take a different mindset to transition from the longer races to the shorter ones and it takes a couple of races to get that down. It will come around quickly, though.
The kids run was a lot of fun to watch. Shayla isn't competitive at all right now, just more having fun running, but I kind of think that's a good thing. If she wants to be competitive, she has plenty of time for that. I'd like to just let her have fun right now.