On October 28, 2007, I came home from church the day after my @uaa_athletics conference cross country meet and went out for a redemption long run (I was mad at myself for not breaking the conference record). When I came home, I maticulously mapped out the route I had run (no GPS then) and calculated that I had run 15.2 miles and averaged 6:23 pace. At the time the Olympic Trials qualifying time in the marathon was 2:47 (6:22 pace), so in that moment, a dream was born. Out of the dream of qualifying came the dream of training full time and achieving more than I ever could have imagined on that day. That was my #snapshotmoment - the moment I knew I was made for more.
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P.S. I didn't get any good photos at conference, so this is from Regionals hosted by Calvin College 2 weeks later and that's Brian Diemer (the 1984 🥉 in the Steeplechase who had been the last to medal until TeamUSA got 3 at Worlds this year) looking over my shoulder to see if I'd break their new course record (missed it by a second), but I just knew him as the Calvin coach then 🙄