Thursday, January 30, 2014

Volte's Jingle Bells to Southern Smiles

With most running clubs or training groups in southeast Texas focusing on the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon each year, the last few long runs, tapering and fewer events produced after the first weekend in December generally limits opportunities to "race".

Volte is no different, though, than many clubs or groups with diversity in its mix.

Each athlete has a different ability for -- as well as desire in -- what gets them to one or many start and finish lines.

The first week after the B-CS Marathon and Half Marathon, Volte had a handful of runners who were able to enjoy their own brand of competitiveness.

Justin Bui and Geri Henry supported the second annual Jingle Bell Run For Arthritis 5K, held from Northshore Park in The Woodlands, on Saturday, December 14 and turned in performances of 19:35 and 30:18, respectively.

Geri's time was good enough for first in her age group.

While Volte coach Rich Cooper and Paul Vita were going long at the 26th annual Sugar Land Finish Line Sports 30K - in tuning up for the Chevron Houston Marathon, one of our newest runners, Alfredo Gonzalez, and father and daughter, Jon and Waverly Walk, were enjoying the Total Jingle Bell Run 5-Miler in downtown Houston.

Rich and Paul crossed the finish line in Sugar Land's Town Square within four minutes of each other in 3:07:44 and 3:11:28, respectively.

Alfredo, Jon and Waverly made their finishes even closer!

After turning in a PR performance at Run Thru The Woods 5-Miler on Thanksgiving Day, Waverly was taking this race a bit easier -- especially after finals at Liberty University and that she and her Dad had just finished driving from Raleigh, North Carolina the two days before.

And Alfredo's turning up the pace was more of good things to come the following month.

Alfredo Gonzalez, pictured with his grandson, after a stellar Jingle Bell Run performance.
(Photo courtesy of Leticia Gonzalez)
The trio actually ran physically close to each other near the second underpass on Allen Parkway returning back to downtown -- and their three chip times were within one second of each other.

Dad got in a second ahead of Waverly and Alfredo in 57:16, but it was a great day for all.

Kelley Davis celebrated too -- in New York City on New Year's Eve!

And what's a runner to do there then? Watch the ball drop? Not hardly!

She was in Central Park running the New York Road Runners (NYRR) Midnight Run 4-Miler when the clock struck midnight into 2014!

Knowing that she wouldn't be there to run with Dad the last three miles of the Chevron Houston Marathon, Waverly ran The Woodlands Running Club Sunday Night 5K with her Dad on his birthday, Sunday, January 5.

Even though she hadn't done much cardio work on the break, the plan was to run the course easy - and have fun!

The chilly temperatures, though, helped produce an even pace that netted her a 37-second 5K personal best of 33:41.

And while everyone else was running Houston, Volte had one runner in Georgia and two in Louisiana.

We don't know if Leanne Rosser shops at Wal-Mart, but her times are falling faster than their prices.

The Woodlands, Philadelphia (PR!), Big Sur, Chicago (PR!) and now Warner Robbins, Georgia - at the Museum of Aviation Maration on Saturday, January 18 - is where the third personal best in as many years has come for her.

That's a new PR time for Leanne Rosser.  She was flying so fast she had jets behind her!
(Photo courtesy of Jim Rosser)
Leanne was the tenth overall female in a age-group winning time of 4:19:29 -- slicing nearly 13 minutes off of her Chicago Marathon time from last October.

At the Louisiana Marathon in Baton Rouge, the next day, Sunday, January 19, Will Ott and Gabby Brockett took on the marathon and half marathon distances, respectively.

Will turned in a nice performance in Cajun Country with a 3:37:17 marathon that was in the top one-third (38th) of his 35-39 age group's 118 finishers.

And we've been saying this a lot lately, but it doesn't seem to ever get old, "Brockett rocked it!"

With a smile like that, Gabby's son knew she would rock the Louisiana Marathon course the next day.  No doubt!
(Photo courtesy of Gabby Brockett)
The half marathon, that is, as she ran the half in 2:03:32 -- good for 42nd in a 222-woman 40-44 division.

Bring on February and the rest of 2014!

Cooper's Corner: Sugar Land Finish Line Sports 30K

(Chalk up this delay on Nine Volte's processing systems! -- NV)

30K sounds a lot better than 18.6 miles.

At least that’s what I told myself heading into the Sugar Land Finish Line Sports 30K on Sunday, December 15.

The last time I had run this distance was over three (3) years ago so I was very nervous, but Coach Bill (Dwyer) and Coach Mary (Carter) told me to focus on the moment and take one step at a time.

A good coach gives you confidence and encourages you to focus on the positive. Still, I wasn't sure how things would turn out.

Fortunately a visit to my doctor on Friday turned out to be my saving grace.

He instructed me that there were two things I needed to do in order to avoid the cramping I had experienced in previous long distance races.

First, for breakfast, eat a banana and drink some Gatorade to fuel up and second, he encouraged me to up my dosage of electrolyte tablets from two (2) to four (4).

Bingo! That was the secret.

Race day morning was a brisk 36 degrees, but I knew once the sun came out things would warm up quickly.

It was a perfect day.

My strategy for this race was to treat this run as if I was running the marathon which would take a lot of discipline.

The 1st half of the race I maintained a 10:13 pace and in the second portion my (minute per mile) pace improved to 9:58.

I really felt like I had to hold back because in the second half of the race I really wanted to let it go and run hard.

I kept telling myself, however,  "stick with the plan."

The end result?  A 3:07:44 finish and -- a very relieved runner.

I will add this though, Saturday night I went to church and prayed that God would be with me every step of the way, that he would put all his power in me to do my best and to keep me physically strong and free from cramping.

Wouldn't you know that the message at church was a.) Don't be afraid to push yourself and b.) when you complete your goal, give all the glory to God.

So on that note, God is great.

I am so lucky that He has given me the ability to run and I know He will continue to be with me until I complete my goal of finishing my 11th Houston Marathon on January 19, 2014.

See you on the road friends!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Our Volte Got Charged at Houston

Here at Volte, yes, we strive for results, but it is never ever at the sake of another teammate or competitor.

We celebrate our accomplishments, yet with the largest shaker of humility we can get our hands around.

If you’re a runner in these parts, the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon are what you focus on.

You want to perform well on your home course – and, of course, in front of friends and family.

Great organization, great crowds and an overall solid experience await a participant in all three events, including the ABB 5K.

And the new courses played to pretty favorable reviews.

Hard to believe that all of those prayers on the Elysian Street bridge over the years – regardless who was actually casting them -- were finally heard.

So, we sent 34 of our athletes to the combined start line – and we saw 22 marathon and 12 half marathon finishes on a great day for racing.

Twelve of our runners – seven in the marathon and five in the half marathon – were making their first appearances at Houston in their respective events.

Leading the first-timers (at Houston, that is) – for the men and the ladies – in the marathon were Randy Harris and Mayra Caamano – and both did so in impressive fashion.

Mayra Caamano's toes point to Boston
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
They ran the new routes in 3:17:37 and 3:27:22, respectively, to earn one of six (6) trips to Boston from the group on the morning.  Both also scored personal bests.

It was Jill Tresaugue’s first marathon ever.  She received some team assistance for about six miles from Anita Werner and posted a very well-done 4:12:47 debut effort.  Jill had run three previous Aramco Houston Half Marathons.  The day before, her son, Ryan, 10, won his age group in the ABB 5K with a sub 20-minute showing of 19:45.

Other first-time Chevron Houston Marathoners included JC Morrell (5:04:58), Juliee Sparks (3:45:43), Naika Vargas (4:09:16) and Nicole Mikelonis (5:25:26).

When Tony Allison crossed the finish line in 4:06:02 – for his 30th Houston Marathon finish – he was rewarded by not having to ever pay to run the race again!  Congratulations!

Joining Allison in the Veterans category was coach Rich Cooper as he covered the 26.2 miles in 5:15:26 for his 11th Houston Marathon.

It was Cooper's 16th Chevron Houston Marathon event overall as he has also completed five Aramco Houston Half Marathons.

Volte friend Andy Brock made his 10th straight Chevron Houston Marathon a successful one with his 7th sub 4-hour finish in 3:58:53.

If you had taken 12 minutes off your time from the year before, you'd be responding like Michelle McGill was too.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Two races away from Veteran status are Michelle McGill and Joe Martinez as they both finished their eighth straight Houston Marathon in 3:34:59 and 4:29:37, respectively.

Michelle lopped off more than 12 minutes from her time last year – 12:37, to be exact – and more than an hour from her first Houston Marathon in 2007.

That 4:43:05 finish was pretty far from her BQ – and PR – seven years later.

Also making an arduous journey from his debut Houston Marathon of 3:43:53 four years ago was Derek Bailey.

No port-a-can in sight, just a sub 3-hour finish - his first - for Derek Bailey.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
And he was finally rewarded with his first-ever sub 3-hour marathon finish of 2:59:09 to lead Volte on the morning.

Joining him in the BQ category – also with huge improvements over their previous Houston Marathon finishes – were Mike Coleman and Kate Looney.

The duo recorded personal best finishes of 3:13:26 and 3:17:08, respectively.  It was Mike’s fourth Houston Marathon and far from his previous times of 3:37:14 last year and 4:04:35 in 2011.

Kate’s first of three Houston Marathons came two years ago in 3:40:19 – now improved by more than 23 minutes.

Three of our ladies also posted personal bests.

Kelley Davis lowered her 2013 time by more than eight (8) minutes with a time of 3:51:31.  She was followed by Amber Brock and Ruth Perez in 4:25:29 and 5:03:51, respectively.  It was Perez’s third Houston Marathon (to go along with five halves) while Davis, Brock and Kacey Bryant were completing their second CHM.

You might as well call it a "Touchdown" with that snazzy time, Kelley Davis.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Bryant swallowed nearly 19 minutes from her time last year as she nailed a time of 4:25:32 – down from 4:44:20 in the cold and the rain a year ago.

Tom Ninke finished his second CHM in 4:24:28 – five minutes and 27 seconds better than 2011, while Paul Vita and George Roffe both finished their 4th CHM.  Paul took a little over 23 minutes off of last year’s time for a showing of 4:47:42 while Roffe broke the tape in 5:31:28.

Volte friends finishing the marathon included South Coast Endurance’s Bert Blevins (3:37:09; 2nd Houston), Team in Training’s Chad Giardina (3:53:05; 2nd Houston and first since ’05), Gary Kroll (3:58:47; 3rd straight Houston and 16:47 off previous Houston Best) and The Woodlands Running Club's Jim Braden (4:32:30).

Jim won his 75-79 age group while becoming the 5th male ever to finish the marathon at the single age of 78 – and second fastest behind Tyler’s Harold Wilson who finished in 4:17:49 two years ago.

It was also Braden’s 11 straight Houston event finish – 8 marathons and 3 half marathons – and his 16th career Chevron Houston Marathon finish.

In the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, five of our Volte athletes were doing the race for the first time – and Juan Flores led the way for us all.

Juan posted a solid 1:27:40 to lead both our men and women.  Randy Smith followed in 1:41:49 -- his third straight Aramco Half finish.

Todd Snider paced Tabitha Young – both first-timers – the entire way as they crossed the line in 2:23:26 – a new overall PR for Tabitha.

Like Tabitha, Kelly Green ran the Aramco Half for the first time and posted a personal best – of 2:49:34 – in the process.

Colleen Sager was the remaining first-timer with her 2:13:50 finish.  (Her husband, Brandon, who races under the Finish Strong Coaching colors, was also running his first Aramco Houston Half after four straight CHM appearances. )

Leading the ladies was Rachael Wilcox-Pereira in 2:01:04 (her third AHH finish) followed immediately by Katie Marshall (2:07:36; a personal best and almost five minutes better than last year) and Michell Bradie (2:15:28; 4th straight AHH).

Tracy Raborn, Tom and Tammy Ninke get dialed in before their respective races.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Tracy Raborn and Tammy Ninke both finished their third Aramco Houston Half Marathon, doing so in 2:19:43 and 2:22:18, respectively.  Raborn shed nearly 20 minutes from her 2:39:05 finish a year ago.

The “Wow” factor belonged to Alfredo Gonzalez as his 2:36:18 time was light years better than his 3:04:49 and 3:22:48 finishes in 2010 and 2009, respectively.  Well done, Alfredo!

Our Volte friends were busy getting after it in the Aramco Houston Half too.

Obsie Birru high-steps her finish in the USA Half Marathon National Championship.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Obsie Birru competed in the USA Half Marathon National Championships and posted a time of 1:21:59.

Kate’s husband, Bob Looney, followed in 1:27:24 – his third straight AHH finish and six minutes and 17 seconds better than last year.

South Coast Endurance’s Krista Blevins was second in her 40-44 age group for the second straight year as she ran 1:29:42 as she is focusing on late June's Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake.

Krista also won her age group in 2011.

Finish Strong’s Jeanette Hagelskaer ran her second AHH in 2:08:03.

Barry Blanton’s group is full of seasoned Aramco Houston Half Marathon veterans, all except Ginger Chiles.

Ginger debuted at the AHH in 2:21:37 while Hollie Quigley was running her fourth – and first since 2010 – as she covered the 13.1 miles in 2:12:42.

Jim Chiles led the way with a time of 2:10:38 for his ninth finish.

Barry’s wife, Fran, followed in 2:11:25 for her 8th AHH finish while Barry himself ran his best of five Aramco Houston Half Marathons in 2:17:43.

Deena Johnson got her seventh Aramco Houston Half finish in 2:32-even.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Volte Support Drives Houston Marathon Event Success

Sure, athletes – including ours -- do well because of their commitment, effort and all of the tangibles and intangibles that go into putting together a great performance.

Coaching, in many cases, has a little to do with it – and, arguably, for some more than others.

The Volte common denominator, though, to all of our athlete’s race day performances is our team support.

Providing on-course support for Volte was Carrie Hyde, Julie Pearce and Tammy Grado.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)
Successful teams support their fellow athletes not just in training, but also on race day.

While there were 33 Volte athletes who challenged the new Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon courses on Sunday, January 19, 14 team members, including founder Bill Dwyer, served others in the following fashion:

+  Moral support at the George R. Brown Convention Center before the race.

+  Cheer support at various places along the course.

+  Pacing, where the athletes had a bib for the race, but weren’t racing themselves.

With that, we’d like to thank the following Volte team members for being there for their fellow athletes – as well as various friends of Volte that we’ll share in our race write-ups.

They are as follows:

Tammy Grado, Julie Pearce, Carrie Hyde, Anita Werner, Brian Jackson, Adrienne Langelier, Curtis Hooper and Mary Carter helped Dwyer keep athletes off their feet in the Convention Center prior to the race.

Providing cheer support on the course near Memorial Park through Allen Parkway was Ellen Kurtz-Hammond, Geri Henry, Sandy Jones and Volte friend Chris Weir.

Starting at mile 4 before moving their way around the course and ending up back at the Convention Center was Traci Jackson as well as Langelier.

Hyde and Carter cheered on our athletes at mile 6 before retrenching back to about mile 25.9.

Grado and Pearce were at the half marathon finish line before joining others at mile 25.9.

Jackson, Hooper and Weir jumped in for a mile or two with a fellow athlete or two near Memorial Park, while Werner, who had a half marathon bib, ran six miles with Jill Treasague.

From all of our athletes to all of you, thank you!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Volte's Wishes in 2014 For Our Communities

So, yesterday, Volte shared its goals for 2014, but we also posed a more probing question to our group, “What is your number one wish for the running and triathlon communities this year?”

The key, though, for us – Volte – is how do we go about converting those wishes into actions.

Let’s see what on the hearts and minds of our folks … and the pace is set by founder – and coach - Bill Dwyer.

“As we (Volte) expand our training group, (I want to) keep the focus on having fun and supporting the running and multisport communities,” he said.  “My wish is for everyone to have a great 2014 and have success as we’re all doing what we love to do.”

Fellow Volte coach Rich Cooper has a factor of two in his vision of expansion.

“I’d like our group to double in size,” he said. “But to also double what we do for the community.”

So how does Volte provide more support?

“Encourage and cheer to ya’ll – and volunteer more,” says Naika Vargas.

“To give back and support others as they have supported me; be the consummate cheerleader for all,” adds Erica Cahill.

Kelly Green is right there too.

She said, “I want to be able to “pay it forward” and support and encourage others the way I have been supported and encouraged this year.”

“To promote running by (race) directing the BMI Run (5K), introducing others to running and helping people to see around the world,” says Brian Jackson.

“To get more involved in the running community and to encourage others to start,” shared Justin Bui.

“To encourage others whatever their abilities are,” is the desire of Kelly Whiddon.

This is also a theme that struck the hearts of Michell Bradie and Marta Mixa.

“I wish that the running community continues to stay inclusive and supportive of all runners and athletes,” she said.  “Regardless of their abilities – and that folks avoid injuries and find joy in whatever they do.”

“And to inspire and support each other through our challenges and successes,” Mixa added.  “This is in addition to embracing other athletes, at whatever level they are and share with them our passion for the sport.”

To be inclusive, it is wise to have – and practice – humility, something that both Adrienne Langelier and Tabitha Young picked up on.

“Keeping sport in its proper perspective while achieving goals and having fun,” says Langelier, one of Volte’s coaches.

Young was a bit more direct in wishing “that people stop taking themselves so seriously and learn the power of embracing others’ victories.”

Victories do come in many shapes and sizes.

Carrie Hyde, our resident Canuck (term of endearment – Ok, Canadian!), desires that “we continue to learn from our teammates and celebrate achievements no matter how great or small.

“That’s what makes a running community feel like one big awesome family.”

Something that Melissa Poole, stationed stateside in or near Newport News, Virginia, says she misses.

“I wish ya’ll the joy of fellowship and team unity,” she added from her current location somewhere in Afghanistan.

Randy Harris believes there’s a way to do that.

“I wish we would race together more often,” he said.  “Train in groups with a goal to run together as long as possible.  Kind of like a cohort.”

That all goes back to heart.

“Volte runs with great heart at its center,” says Mary Carter.  “My wish is that the running community makes as great of an impact with helping others as it does with running alone.”

Having moved frequently in her adult life, Anita Werner knows the importance of not having to run – or workout -- alone is.

“I wish for the running and tri communities to have more people who need friendship and fitness to find their perfect group,” she said.

With Volte, Hyde – like Werner – feels like she has and wants to grow it, but also collectively as an athletic community.

“Mine is that we (the communities) remain fortunate enough to build onto the bond that many of us feel from being part of this fellowship,” she said.

And speaking of a bond, Tracy Raborn and Randy Smith both channeled the same sentiments.

“That everyone stays healthy, injury free, flourish as athletes and meets their goals,” the two teammates said.

Including David Odom finding a few more 8K and 10K races this year.

The children’s Sunday School song, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine,” comes to mind when Curtis Hooper hopes that “Volte would be a light to our communities.”

And if that happens, Volte desires that it doesn’t return void.

Not only do those within Volte get a chance to “know everybody better”, as Cooper envisions, but everyone surrounding us as well.

And to Derek Bailey, a win over teammate Anita Werner at Ironman Wisconsin would be fun, but his desire is to help others come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

While Cooper would also like to see those who know Christ to grow in their personal relationship with Him.

If you're new to this blog, check in throughout 2014 to see how we’re doing with our goals and wishes – and we’d appreciate your help in achieving them as much as we’d like to help you.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Volte Asks (And Shares), "What Are Your Goals for 2014?"

“I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air” says I Corinthians 9:26.

We all have and set goals in our lives, but it’s that focus – and self-discipline – that allows us to achieve them.

We asked our group members two questions recently:

1.) What is your number one personal goal for 2014?
2.) What is your number one wish for the running and triathlon community this year?

While we didn’t limit the first question to athletic performance only, it’s only natural that in any running or multisport training club or group it is the first thing off the top of our heads.

Above all of those, though, comes from somewhere in Afghanistan where Melissa Poole is currently stationed in her service to our country as part of the United States Air Force.

It was simply to, “Come home.”

We couldn’t agree more, but Melissa’s personal caveat was to be able to set a personal best at the Marine Corps Marathon in late October in Washington, D.C.

To be – and perform -- at our best, we have to aim “to run healthy and happy … one week at a time,” according to Volte coach Adrienne Langelier.

Kelly Green wants to stay on the healthy trail too, but added “… to get stronger and a little faster.”

Yet others just need a push, even our founder, Bill Dwyer.

“Start running races again.  It’s long overdue,” he said.

Meanwhile, you have to appreciate Kelly Whiddon’s honesty.  She said she just wants “to be motivated to exercise again.”

Tracy Raborn isn’t far behind saying that hers “is to get back to my running; 2013 was a roller coaster.”

Keeping her “running strong” is where Naika Vargas aims to be at and also “free of injuries and joyful”.  Either the Chicago Marathon or New York City Marathon awaits her later this year – and maybe a 50-miler in 2015.

Some common themes emerge too.  Can you identify them?

“I have many personal goals, but my running-related goals are to remain injury free, train smart and smash my BQ time,” said Carrie Hyde.

“Mine are to train smarter and more consistently while staying injury free and to keep my focus – moving ahead one day at a time,” added Marta Mixa.

Anita Werner attaches a qualifier to hers.

“Stay healthy and train consistent all year and race to my capability at Ironman Wisconsin (in September),” she said.  “Beating Derek Bailey would be a bonus.”

Continuing “to train hard, get stronger both physically and mentally” is the desire of Erica Cahill in addition to running a personal best in her next marathon.

That is what Michell Bradie is focusing on for March’s The Woodlands Marathon – let alone her sub 4-Boston qualifier, but she says, “Realistically, it is to run faster without injury and enjoy myself and the company of my fellow runners.”

Enjoy seems to be the operative word with Mary Carter too.

“Getting fit and healthy and enjoying running at whatever level my body allows” is her primary focus, she said.  “This year is about taking care of myself so that I can continue my passion for the sport and helping others pursue the same.”

And, then again, some goals are impending – as in this weekend:

Randy Harris?  “A really good time at Houston.”  He’s running his first Chevron Houston Marathon on Sunday.

Volte coach Rich Cooper’s main goal is to complete his 11th Houston Marathon – and first in the 50-54 age group.  (After that, he says his aim is to break 1:25 in the 10-miler and also post a sub-1:50 half marathon.)

Two weeks to follow is Curtis Hooper’s adventure at Rocky Raccoon 100 in Huntsville.  But after he recovers, his focus is to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

It is the desire of Derek Bailey’s heart too.  (Well, not the 100-miler, but rather to requalify for Boston – and with his long sought after sub-3 hour time.)

Brian Jackson’s was in agreement with the 100-miler aversion, but he aims for personal bests in all of the Dopey Challenge distances – 5K, 10K, half marathon and the marathon.

Yet not all in one setting.

Justin Bui did all of those distances last weekend at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, but the former Valparaiso Crusader cross country and track and field athlete wants to complete his first triathlon this year – and go under 1:20 in the half marathon.

Much like Jackson, Jerritt Park, though, has specific numbers taped to his refrigerator door:  “run under a 19-minute 5K, break 41 minutes in a 10K, 1:31 half marathon and maybe, just maybe, a sub 3:25 marathon.”

Those will make you go “Wow”, which is the type of race that Randy Smith is shooting for in 2014.

We’ll have to get Tabitha Young and Gabby Coates together as they both want to go sub-2 hours in the half marathon as well as marked achievements in the marathon.  Tabitha is shooting for a PR while Gabby presses towards the 4-hour mark at The Woodlands Marathon on Saturday, March 1.

Then the wheels literally move in to motion for Coates as she embarks on a triathlon journey this year that she aims to realize a sub-1:25 performance in early May at the already sold out CB&I Triathlon in The Woodlands – and a half Iron distance race in 2014.

Somebody in our group will receive a real treat in 2014 as David Odom desires to “help someone run a really fast road distance (10K, half marathon or marathon)”.

And finally, a goal we all should possess, but verbalized by one of our recent Volte additions, Hope Layman.

“To have faith in myself because God gave me a talent that I have never questioned,” she said.  “I love running, no matter what has happened (in the past).”

Those talents, of course, to be used and worked are much, much more than just putting one foot in front of the other, as Matthew 25:14-30 suggests.

Today is for our goals.

Tomorrow, we’ll reveal our wishes for the running and triathlon community in 2014.