November 2nd will be a special day. A really special day for me and my two sons. Why you ask? We will be toeing the line as Dad and sons at Raleigh’s City of Oaks Rex Healthcare Half Marathon. I couldn’t be more happy about it.
This is my hometown marathon, half and 10k. The race that is currently my PR at the marathon distance. A mark that I set in 2013. This year however, I chose to run the Half Marathon with my 16 and 18 year old sons. I am not going to try to better my time from last year in the marathon. In fact, I just didn’t come close at all this year in achieving that new marathon PR. My best marathon this year was about nine minutes shy of a PR. My goal this year is to run with my kids.
I am not really sure what to expect come race day. My older son has run two Half marathons to date. This will be his third. He has run his other two half marathons this year. His first in Hilton Head, SC, back in February, finishing in 1:43:10. Then his second, the Mike to Mike Half Marathon, in Fayetteville, NC., in 1:51:50. He is now a freshman in college, and has been trying to train, but hasn’t gotten in the necessary miles. Not sure what to expect from him come race day, but knowing him, since the start and finish are at NC State (where he goes to college) he will give it 110%.
My younger son (16yrs.) has yet to run a Half. This will be his first. He has been so busy playing on his varsity soccer team in high school this Summer and Fall, that he has barely had any time to train. He will be the wildcard on race day. He has certainly had his fair share of workouts, just not all distance running related. He is hardheaded like me, and I know will give it all he has on race day.
Based on our varied training, I doubt that we will all run together. I wish we could, but that is probably unrealistic. If we all plan to give it our all, we will probably all run at different paces. It will be interesting, to say the least.
How do you think it will turn out? It will certainly be a first. We’ve competed in shorter distances together, but never a 13.1. All I know is that the City of Oaks is about to get a handful of us. Will it be dear old Dad that arrives first at the tape? Will it be the college freshman with a PR better than my last two Halves? Will it be the High School Junior with something to prove? Surely it will be a blast!