Albuquerque Half Marathon 2016A rarely write these things but just need to express myself sometimes . . . Shout out to to Tony Clement for writing several of these and thereby inspiring us to do the same.
It was cold and blustery at the start, forcing me to consider running with a long-sleeve shirt and gloves. After a 15-min warmup, the wind miraculously died down, making me realize a) I didn't need the long sleeves and b) what the heck was I thinking not wearing a Dukes singlet?! I switched to the singlet and milled around the start, talking to various folks about their goals for this race. If there was just one thing I love about our sport, it's the fact that you can lift people up and encourage them to succeed, no matter where they are in their journey. I welcomed a guy from Sports Warriors and he said he'd be running around so I figured I might have someone to run with for awhile/compete with. I didn't expect much better than low- to mid-1:13 given I tapered just three days and ran a ton the week prior.
My original goal was to break in the Green Bay Marathon , but I would hate to settle for less than my ability, whatever that is at the time. I am now gunning for around . Everything needs to be perfect for me to reach that performance, but it's possible.