The cloud of not being invited to Boston already has three silver linings.
First, it has me absolutely focused on doing my very best in the 2011 NYC Half-
Marathon on March 20. Second, I will have a chance to run shorter races on the
road and possibly on the track this spring and summer. There are some great
road races that I have not been able to run yet because of Spring Marathons in my
schedule. Now I look forward to racing in these great US Road Races. Third, it
probably makes it possible for me to run both a full marathon this fall and compete
in the Olympic Marathon trials in Houston on January 14, 2012. Three marathons
within nine months might not have been physically possible. Of course, the thought
of the 2012 Olympics already has me excited – with memories of the Silver Medal
I won in Athens and the fact that I currently own three of the four fastest Olympic
trials qualifying times.