Yesterday was a great day all around on the course of the Houston Marathon.
My friends Mike Huffine and Jody Gaddy both completed the marathon. Jody ran a PR breaking 4 hours with a 3:57 and Mike Huffine had an incredible first time marathon with a time of 3:47.33. Mike Huffine has done this all while dropping 50 lbs over the past 18 months. No doubt Mike will be heading to Boston soon. I have him down for a 3:19 on his 40th. Now that Jody is under 4 hours, he too was checking his calender for a Boston Qualifier.
In the Half Marathon, Mike Young had a huge PR with a time of 1:41, shattering the 2 hour barrier. He no longer has that monkey on his back. Also my training partner and friend Michelle LeBlanc ran a stunning 1:23 in the 1/2 marathon. I saw her out there at the turn and she was flying.
For me, I could not be happier. I had this monkey on my back from not qualifying for Boston back in 2002. I trained hard that year and tried, but fell apart at Mile 17 and ended up running a 3:22. Not this year baby, with the support of my family at mile 18 (I always race better when they are out there) and with the help of my coach, Dana Lyons and the support of countless other people, I ran a 3:07! That shattered my last time of 3:22 and gives me a Boston Qualifying time for both the 30 – 34 & 35 – 39 age groups. Who knows, maybe a trip on Patriots Day in 2010. What a great way to start the 2009 race season!
Congratulations to everyone that ran yesterday.
Lastly, I have to recognize my good friend Richard Kane for his awesome run at the Angel Island 25K in San Francisco, CA. He is now coached by one of the Legends in Triathlon Mike Pigg. Richard ran a 2:14 on a extremely hilly and sometimes mountainous trail. Richard is seen here with his new coach, Mike Pigg.