By: Kevin Brandon
Indeed. It was really nice growing up in the city. Me and my friends had a lot of freedom to explore since there was so much to see and we didn’t need a car to get anywhere. I think my parents liked it as well because they weren’t on the hook to drive me to sports games, etc.
I started running during my sophomore year of high school. Growing up I was much more interested in basketball so freshman year I played soccer and basketball. Soccer wasn’t really my thing so I decided I would try XC as a way to get in shape for hoops and ended up doing XC, basketball, and track. Finally I realized I wasn’t growing much so quit basketball the following year and just did running. Our high school program was very relaxed and we only ran like 5 days a week at most so I mostly just enjoyed running with my friends and didn’t think much about training or being serious.
I feel lucky that my high school coach was pretty deliberate in not making running this super serious piece of my life so when I went to college to run I still had a lot of room to grow. In college I went from running like 30 miles a week to higher mileage and was able to progress nicely. Now I just run because it’s fun.
I’d take him in a 43 meter sprint and he knows this.
Definitely when we made Nationals for XC my sophomore year in college. It was really cool to have such a great team performance to make it there. The next is when my teammate finished second at Nationals the next year. That was cool.
hree-time 200 club member.
Meh. I’d be happy to keep running until I’m an old fella.
My day job is at a place called Center City District where we do a lot of policy research. It’s really fun to see the processes behind what drives Philadelphia’s growth. Philadelphia is an amazing place and I feel lucky to be able to work to try and continue that progress. That being said there are definitely places Philly can contribute to improve. Probably at the top of that list is having stronger job growth. Our job growth is more similar to Detroit than to Boston or D.C…
I love it. Our neighborhood feels like an Oberlin satellite campus in West Philly.
Ball is life.