It has been years since I have broken down the walls an established personal record. On Wednesday, July 24, I had the opportunity to do just that in a 4x400 relay -- part of the Carolina Godiva Summer Track Series. I have about five or six 400s under my belt, with :58 marking my fastest. Conditions: 1) relay environment; 2) collegiate track; 3) full of adrenaline from the baton in my hand; 4) lane two placement; leading out my team; and 5) the strength of God inside me. I took off from the starting blocks with one goal -- to run as fast as possible for the entire 400m. After a brief questioning of my speed at the 150m mark, I put my head down and maintained. Nearly running through my buddy at the exchange, I managed to leg out a 57 second quarter, chipping a second off my a time that has sat stagnant for 11 years. Next record to address? The mile. Run well...
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Bryan Brander, Ed.D.
Runner, coach, leader, mentor, consultant, husband, father, believer.