AM- Today I ran the Mesa/Phoenix Half Marathon, basically as a long run. I originally was planning on running the marathon, because I wanted to make a qualifying time for NYC Marathon, which is 2:53 or under. I never really like to cheat myself out on whatever my current fitness is, because in running it cannot be "faked". My training so far has not been up to par of what I would like, and I am not in 2:50 shape as of right now, however, this doesn't mean that I can't get into sub 2:50 shape later in the year. From the start of the race, I knew that I wasn't going to race the half, so I decided to run with the 1:40 pacer for this race. I could have went faster, but I am not sure how much faster. Overall, I really enjoyed the trip down to Phoenix and especially the weather! Boston is approaching soon!