This has been a busy spring to say the least. Regardless, I have maintained consistent training and currently have three races under my belt: 1) Get Your Rear in Gear 5K, 2) Shamrock Shakedown 5K, and 3) the Duke Invitational 5000m. My goal was to build a solid base with an added layer of speed going into these races, giving myself a solid shot at 15:59. The first 5K was a rolling course and a chilly morning, where I crossed the line in 16:45, giving me a first place finish. The next race was a hometown run, allowing me the opportunity to catch up with my best friend and his lovely wife. Despite calm conditions during our warm-up, snow started falling a few minutes before the start. This was a flat, cold course which resulted in another 16:45 and a first place finish. I had two subpar weeks of training going into the Duke Invitational 5000m and it showed on race day. Mother Nature traded in the cold days for 75 and sunny, which was a slight shock to the system. I was on point for the first 1600m, but faded ever-so-slightly over the final eight laps, crossing the mark in 16:41. The last four weeks I have hit the reset button, and with the encouragement of a good friend and fellow runner signed up for the Philosopher's Way 7k trail race on May 7. More to come...
Bryan Brander, Ed.D.
Runner, coach, leader, mentor, consultant, husband, father, believer.