This is shaping up to be a banner year for TS in the hardware department. We just passed the halfway point of the year and the team has racked up four overall road race victories. Please note that this is not the Boston Athletic Association. We're talkin' 4 guys ranging from mid-30's to mid-40's with day jobs and young kids (10 kids among us), while fully 25% of the team is preoccupied with actively pursuing the world record for the number of bananas consumed in one minute.
Well, soon after commiting to scaling back on mileage and intensity in order to allow my achilles tendons to heal up, I couldn't help noticing that the campground that I'm vacationing at with my family was holding a 2-mile road race this morning. Tendonitis or no tendonitis, this was too hard to pass up, especially when the start/finish area was about 1/4 mile from our campsite.
Technically it was a road race in the sense that it was billed as such and awards were handed out at the end. Realistically, it was a fun run, which I suppose was not a shocker (pronounced "SHAW-ka" up here in Maine) since the field was limited to campers at one campground. There were approximately a couple dozen runners and I won with a 12:45 and the 2nd place guy clocked a 15:00, which means he was running my long run training pace. I also put in 8.5 miles earlier that morning. As a footnote, the Keenan's dominated the event with my 9-year old son, Cameron, winning his age group pretty easily.
So...not quite the Manchester Road Race, but our team is happy to take any victory it can get!