- Charm City 20 Mile - 1:53 (PR)
- Executive Stampede 5k - 15:29 (PR)
- Chicago Marathon - 2:25:40 (PR)
I started working as a transportation engineer at a civil engineering consulting firm in the summer of 2012. My dad and I decided to fly out to Chicago for some fast marathoning. For the first time in a few years, he did several weeks of marathon specific training in an attempt to break 3 hours and become a member of a small club of runners who have run under 3 hour marathons in 5 consecutive decades. He came up just short but we did make it into the Guinness Book of World Records for a bit!
My training had gone very well and I was on board to chase a sub 2:30 marathon in Chicago. Early on in the race, I noticed a guy just in front of me (Michael Spain) with a pacer designation on him - a rarity for the sub 3 hour marathoners out there. He said he was pacing a female (Renee Mativier Baillie) to 2:26 which would be a bit of a gamble for me to attempt but you don't stumble into these situations everyday! The weather was great and I was in great shape. It was a good day to give up the good and go for the great. The gamble paid off and I finished in a slightly negative split 2:25:40 which was an unthinkable time for myself just a couple of years prior.
Renee ended up running the 5th fastest debut marathon for an American in 2:26!