September 15, 2012 7:45 AM
Written by Owen:
Michael's goal going in to this race was to beat the family record for a 10k, which is held by me at 43:13. He already holds the family record for a 5k, and plans on beating my record at next week's half-marathon. That would only leave me with the marathon record. Of course, I know all of my records are inevitably going to be broken by Michael. I'm just having fun with him about it while I can.
This course has some hills, and I set my PR on a very flat course. I told Michael not to worry, that there will be plenty of chances in the future on flatter courses. I didn't know what to expect when I was waiting for him at the finish line, as we don't run 10k's as often as 5k's. I timed some people that finished in front of him how long it took them to run from where I could first see them, to the finish line. That way I knew when to expect Michael if he was going to beat me.
That time came and went, but only by about 5 seconds, and then there was Michael. Check out the video below, but he really turned it on and missed my time by two lousy seconds. I was really hoping he would beat it. He was disappointed in that, but very proud that he beat his PR by exactly a minute and a half, which he ran on the same day and course I ran my PR. To beat your previous PR from a flat course in January on a hilly course in September, by 1:30 is just amazing.
I'm so proud of Michael, and am looking forward to next week's half-marathon that I get to run with him.
|Michael attaching his timing chip to his shoe before the race.|
|Just before the start.|
|Just before the finish.|
|Michael knew it was going to be close.|
|One of my favorite award ceremonies ever, watch the video below.|