March 3, 2012 9:00 AM
Written by Owen:
We signed up for this race with the sole purpose of qualifying for the "Sub-A" corral at the Peachtree 10k in Atlanta on July 4th. I picked this race because it was flat, and was the last race before registration opens for the lottery for Peachtree. Both Michael and I already qualified for the "A" Corral when we ran in the Hot Chocolate 10k in Asheville, NC.
I had to accept my first DNS because of my stupid foot issues, but I enjoyed cheering Michael on. Because of my foot issues and lack of training, I didn't train Michael as much as I would have otherwise.
It was a pretty small race, only a couple hundred runners or so.
|I sure hated not being right next to him.|
|Kyle and Alicia practicing.|
Watching the clock tick by was agonizing. Our goal of 20:15 was pretty fast, and with our lack of recent running, I was afraid it was too ambitious. At 19:30, I saw the leader turn the corner, and guess who was right behind him? I was so excited to see Michael in 2nd place! By that point I knew he couldn't hit 20:15, but I didn't care, I am so proud of him.
|This is the race winner, Kyle and Alicia did a great job.|
|Here comes Michael, just 35 seconds behind the winner.|
Michael finished with a time of 20:34, a new PR. He was thrilled to receive his first running trophy, and not just any trophy, but a trophy for 2nd place OVERALL. The crowd was very supportive and the announcer did a great job, watch the video at the bottom of this post.
Here's the video I took: