I have been running races since I was piddling around in elementary school. The late Jim Harrison, Pinewood Elementary School's gym teacher, put on 1 mile cross country races each fall for 3rd to 5th grade students at local schools. It didn't seem like much at the time but those races combined with watching my dad, Henry, light it up at road races helped to stoke that running fire in me at an early age.
Dad took me to a few 5k road races each year after that and I wound up with a 21:45ish best 5k time in middle school. After being a member of Dulaney's excellent running program and under the tutelage of Chad Boyle, I left high school with a 16:35 best 5k time in cross country and 1:58 800m (eh hem, relay split disclaimer!), 4:32 1600m, and 10:04 3200m PR's on the track.
While studying engineering at Virginia Tech, I ran several half marathons and marathons on my own before shifting gears to the triathlon team where I had a very successful year as a key member on the 8th place male team at the Collegiate Triathlon National Championships. The triathlon theme was short lived because I realized that humans have evolved to run fast, not to swim fast. And because triathlon training takes forever and my knee injury that had bugged for awhile cleared up! I attended Cornell University for graduate school and lowered my marathon PR from 2:51 to 2:33 and half marathon PR from 1:13 to 1:09. I swear I wasn't running the whole time; they gave me a degree before I left!
Since working full-time as a transportation engineer in Baltimore, I've competed at distances from the mile to 50 miles. I pride myself on trying to have more fun than anyone at races while continuing to raise the bar of competitiveness for myself. I have a streak of at least one personal best each season, assuming two seasons per year, from the Fall of 2003 until Fall of 2015.
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