Wednesday, January 1, 2014
My running life in pictures: Middle School and High School
Me and my uncle Mike after my first half-marathon when I was 14. I look pretty proud of myself. It's funny because all I remember about after that race is being in the fetal position in the back of my parents' minivan.
I'm the little guy in the background - this was probably one of my first cross-country races in high school. It's on our home course at Ann Arbor Pioneer.
First place went to Detroit Cass Tech. Nobody was going to beat them that year. Their 4X200 relay was a tenth of a second off the national record.
From left to right - Mike Humes, Ethan Conn, Me, Keith Braxton, and Todd. Mike was a sophomore in this picture - by his senior year he was one of the top two runners in the state. He ended up going to Wisconsin. Ethan was the same year as me and Todd. He ran for Eastern Michigan.
I've known Keith since middle school. We met at the first day of wrestling practice at Slauson. He thought he was faster than me - he was wrong. Eventually though he did get faster than me. He was second in the state for XC is senior year. He ended up at Loyola as well. The most impressive accomplishment that Keith had, in my opinion, was helping us to the state XC championship his sophomore year just days after having emergency surgery on an abscessed tooth.