I've been a complete slacker with this Olympic Hopeful business. Not too long ago, I promised to showcase a bunch of the Olympic Qualifiers for the upcoming Olympic Trial Marathon in Houston. Since establishing this outlandish undertaking, I've produced exactly two (Paul Peterson and Ryan Hall.) Two. That's some pitiful performance and proof positive that I'm no Olympic Hopeful.
I think it's because I'm anti-commital lately. I cannot commit to anything. The tax season starts on Monday, which brings forth ocean-sized buckets of commitment. Therefore, I've resolved to do what I want, when I want, and refuse to decide that whatever event today at 4:30 falls in that what-I-want-when-I-want category. I'LL DECIDE IF I WANNA DO THAT WHEN 4:30 ROLLS AROUND, KAY? Geez. Get off my back, will ya. Grin.
So what does this have to do with Desiree Davila? Nothing! Let's move on, shall we?
All-American ASU graduate Desiree Davila is best known for her spectacular performance in last year's Boston Marathon. While the press and general populace were eying sweethearts Kara Goucher and Blake Russell, Desiree Davila swept in and stole the USA show. Davila's plan was to hang with the elite pack for 20 miles, and, if it felt right, kick it into full gear for the final 6 (point two.) And kick it in she did. Davila finished second with a 2:22:38, just four seconds behind Kenya's Sharon Cherop. FOUR SECONDS. This is huge. An American hasn't won the Boston Marathon in years – please hold while I check exactly how many years. The last female American woman to win the Boston was 1985 when Colorado resident Lisa Rainsberger finished in 2:34:6.
An American woman hasn't won the Boston in 26 years, and Desiree Davila was so close to winning, (I presume) that she could taste it. That was a spectacular race. If you watch one Marathon finish ever, last year's Boston would be the one to watch.
Desiree is a member of the Hansons-Brooks Project, which is a team of elites selected, coached, and groomed into Olympic readiness. You can follow her blog by going here.
This Desiree Davila is something special, I can feel it, and it's not because her name is an alliteration (all folks with alliterations for names hold a dedicatory spot in my heart.) Davila just might be the next Deana Kastor (who currently holds the American marathon record with a 2:20, who, incidentally, also holds a dedicatory spot in my heart... hell, all distance runners hold a dedicatory spot in my heart.)
Here's to running. And the Olympic Trials. And alliterations. And Desiree Davila.