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Friday, April 29, 2016

USATF Half Marathon Championship Preview

AbdiAbdirahmanTucsonAZNike
ThomasAdamCharlottesvilleVARagged Mountain Racing
ScottBauhsSan Luis ObispoCAASICS Aggie Running Club
ShadrackBiwottMammoth LakesCAASICS Mammoth Track Club
AdamBohachDecorahIA 
IsaiahBraggDublinOHU.S. Air Force
ChrisBurnettWichitaKS 
IanButlerLakewoodCO 
FerandoCabadaClovisCA 
MichaelCaprioloAkronOHTeam Ohio
BrianCullSomervilleMASomerville Road Runners
MattDanielsEvergreenCOHudson Elite
Sean DavidsonSan Luis ObispoCAASICS Aggie Running Club
NoahDroddyBoulderCO 
BrandonDworakMemphisTN 
NickEdingerKentOH 
DustinEmerickEvansvilleIN 
ScotFaubleFlagstaffAZHoka One One NAZ Elite
NicholasFilippazzoWantaghNY 
BrianFlynnRockinghamVAPacers/New Balance
MasonFrankBloomingtonMNRun N Fun
PatrickGeogheganPortlandORGenesee Valley Harriers
JoeGrayLakewoodWAClub Northwest
IsidoreHerreraVenturaCACal Coast Track Club
CharlieHurtCharlottesvilleVARagged Mountain Racing
CoryIrwinCanal WinchesterOHColumbus Running Company
CoryKeehnHaysKSKansas City Smoke
RyanKienzleCantonOHTeam Ohio
BillKlimczakBoulder CO 
ChristoLandryCharlotteNCMizuno
ConradLaskowskiGaitherburgMD 
GregLeakTacomaWATacoma City Running Club
ChrisLemonSpringfieldOHDave's Racing Team
CraigLeonEugeneORTeam Run Eugene
ScottMacPhersonAustinTXRogue AC
ScottMateStowOHTeam Ohio
PaulMatuszakPhiladelphiaPAPhiladelphia Runner/Puma TC
TylerMcCandlessBoulderCOBoulder Harriers
RaymondMcCormackOrlandoFL 
DustinMeekerTowsonMD 
SteveMenovcikGrand LedgeMIPatient Endurance Racing
DannyMercadoFlagstaffAZTeam Run Flagstaff
TonyMigliozziNorth CantonOH 
RyanMillerThe WoodlandsTX 
JoeMooreManhattanKSKansas City Smoke
AndyMorganPeninsulaOHTeam Ohio
TeageO'ConnorBurlingtonVTGreen Mountain Athletic Association
GrahamPeckBaltimoreMD 
PhillipReidSan Luis ObispoCAASICS Aggie Running Club
MalcolmRichardsSan FranciscoCAWest Valley Track Club
AndrewRigginsCuyahoga FallsOH 
CarlosRoaJamaicaNY 
AronRonoBeavertonOR 
EricSchottCape GirardeauMO 
JackSchlabigGalenaOH 
Evan SchwartzColumbusOH 
LouisSerafiniBrightonMAThe Heartbreakers
JeffSigmundBrecksvilleOH 
JamesSjostromAuroraOH 
ChristopherSloaneGaitherburgMD 
PaulStoodleyColumbusOH 
OrinthalStrigglesWest ColumbiaSC 
AndyWackerBoulderCOadidas Rocky Mountain Elite
IanWalshEastonPA 
LoganWellsWestervilleOHColumbus Running Company
JonnyWilsonFlagstaffAZ 
VerelleWyattAkronOHTeam Ohio
TimYoungFredericksburgVA 

Columbus, Ohio

This will be my 3rd US Half Marathon Championship in my running career.  My first one, in 2012 hosted by Grandmas in Duluth, MN, was a really tough day.  I finished 84th, and was nearly last in the entire field.  The second one, in 2014, was in Houston.  Houston was great-I set a PR at the time-1:07:29, and finished a respectable 56th.

This one is in Columbus, Ohio.  The course looks fun.  I will be competing as well as I can.  It's nice the weather will hold out this time-conditions look great for racing.  In March, I dealt with the brutal heat and humidity at the 15K Championship in Florida, and then 4 weeks ago the extreme winds and unseasonably chilly weather at Cherry Blossom.  Cherry Blossom was a solid place for me, snagging top 10 American, though I don't think I was as sharp as I am now.  I know I am fit.  My workouts show.  I feel fitter than when I ran 1:06:50 in January-which was 5:05 pace.  But it's not just about time-every course is different.  This course looks fun and I think it has a good variation of ups and downs.  I want to place well in this and show I am one of the country's best half marathoners.  This race is that-The US Half Marathon Championship.  It is not always about the time, it is about running with others who are better than you, running and pushing yourself towards the front.  That, is what I have been training for.  To run with the best.

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go.
-The Impossible Dream




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