In addition to these past champions, athletes from the other two houses involved in the beach side reunion were scheduled to give it a whirl. An early starting time, tons of children to tend, and a rumor of rum drinking, however, limited the participants to only 3--me and 2 brothers-in-law.
I was very confident of a top 3 finish.
|I'm on the right. Race Champion Kearby is on the left. Parry is in the middle.|
That's when my improved aerobic capacity made an appearance. I ran the next mile in 8:12 and the 6th mile in 8:01. If the race distance were actually six miles, I would have easily come in under the 50-minute time goal I had established (as you may have deduced by adding the six times together). The race distance is not six miles. It's 6.04 miles.
Since I sprinted the last half-mile, I didn't bother to look at my watch, so when I crossed the finish line, I had no idea if I'd achieved my goal. I hit stop on the watch, looked down, and saw...
I'd done it. I set a personal course record (it's the 6th time I've done this race) by 3:29 and beat my goal. Unfortunately, I finished seven minutes behind my brother-in-law who shattered the family reunion record by over four minutes. I finished second for the second straight year and crushed my other brother-in-law who beat me two years before.
|We left the two babies at the beach house (supervised) and celebrated ocean style. I'm back row left next to my lovely wife. The three children are ours: Savannah, Trenton, and Mazie (from right to left).|