So about yesterday.

Here’s how it went down.

I usually run aggressively from the start.

And that was my plan going in.

I wanted to run a 5:20 pace from the start and work down to 5:10 over the course of the race.

I thought I had a realistic chance at running a 1:09.

The Naples Half Marathon usually attracts some elite or professional runners.

This year they didn’t show up.

But I did.

Early on I realized I was in contention and had a good chance to win.

That’s when I changed my game plan.

I called an audible.

I went from running for time to running to win.

Because it’s not every day you get a chance to win the Naples Half Marathon.

I decided to run smarter, more strategically, and more conservatively.

I decided to save some.

I wanted to be able to cover somebody’s move if they made one.

I wanted to be able to make a move if I wanted to or needed to.

I didn’t go too hard and hurt myself from the get-go like I usually do.

I sat behind a person and rode the person almost the entire race.

I drafted and let the person break the wind and do heavy lifting.

I sat back and coasted.

And I smiled, fist pumped, winked, threw the peace sign, waved, and cheered the entire way.

And I enjoyed every second of it.

I knew I was strong.

I knew I was in control.

I was patient.

Technically I didn’t take the lead until mile 12, but in my mind I was leading nearly the whole race.

I decided to make my move at mile 12.

I had two straightaways left.

I decisively made my move.

I made it with authority.

I laid the hammer.

I never looked back.

And it felt amazing.

I usually finish races completely spent.

This time was different.

This time I felt like I could have run another half.

As I was running the last half mile, a friend rode by me on his bike.

The person said, “Soak it up.”

I soaked it up.

I’m still soaking it up.

The stars don’t always align, but sometimes they do.

Yesterday they did.

I’m beyond grateful.

And to all of the people cheering for me on the course, thank you.

You were my energy.

Check out the story by the Naples Daily News.