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Somewhere there’s a pun about my not being able to make it down to Houston for the marathon weekend. Houston we have a problem? Failure to launch?
For me, Houston weekend never got off the ground. Literally.
I had a work conflict arise the weekend of January 19-20, which nixed any option of heading down to Houston. And even if it hadn’t the winter storm in Chicago ended up cancelling the flight I was supposed to be on anyway. Basically, the universe said “nope.”
But it turned out to be quite a weekend, especially in the elite field. By now, you’ve probably all seen the news from the race. Ultrarunner extraordinaire Jim Walmsley hammered out a 1:04 in the Half, meeting the Olympic Qualifying standard.
Elsewhere in the Half, Emily Sisson nearly took down Molly Huddle’s American record (set at Houston last year) and Brigid Kosgei ran the fastest women’s Half ever on American soil.