Dear 4:30

I’m not sure if you’ll remember me. Well, honestly we’ve never met, but I was less than a minute behind you in Sacramento last month. I finished at the high end of the 4:30-4:39, but I was still disappointed we didn’t meet.

You may get this a lot, but it would be an honor to meet you and I have been a fan of yours for some time. Introducing myself to you has been my goal and I’ve been striving towards your direction for the past year. Please don’t think I am ‘one of the crazies’ or a stalker… I am just simply a goal oriented person.

On Sunday, at the Arizona Rock n Roll Marathon, I will attempt to formally introduce myself to you. I feel like I have a great shot and am as prepared as I can be to enter into your presence. Okay. That sounded stalker-ish, but I’m alright with it.

You know what? Let’s drop the dog and pony show. If we don’t meet this weekend I’m going to be flat out disappointed. There I said it. I want it so bad, I can taste it. I can see it, heck, I don’t even want to wait until Sunday. Bring it. I’m ready right now.

I’m even ready to skip you entirely and introduce myself to your better looking sister, 4:20. I’m sorry. That came out wrong. Please don’t be hurt. What I said earlier was true (the big fan, honor to meet you part… not the sister line — even though both are true). I’ve been waiting to meet you for a long time and would be thrilled to see you on Sunday. My goal is to eventually move on and continue to improve my time, but you are a goal I must accomplish before I can do that.

I’ll be in downtown Phoenix on Sunday starting around 7:40 a.m. Would it be too forward to agree to meet at the finish line at 12:10 p.m.?