Blogging is something new for me!
by Antonio Vega on August 22, 2011
Blogging is something new for me so perhaps an introduction is in order. My name is Antonio Vega and I’m a member of Team Mizuno. I’m originally from St. Paul, Minnesota and have lived in the frigid north my entire life. Recently, I just moved to Des Moines, Iowa to be with my wife who is in her second year of medical school at Des Moines University.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota where I was an All American in track and cross-country. Soon after graduating, I had a little bit of success in road racing and decided to postpone grad school for a few years to devote myself to running.
The results didn’t pay off immediately, but in 2010 I had a breakthrough year. I started off the season in January by winning my first national title at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston. It was the start of a consistent year for me on the roads and at the end of season I was honored to be named the USATF Male Distance Runner of the Year. I was hoping that would be a springboard, leading into the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials but it didn’t quite that out that way.
Unfortunately, since my 2010 season I have had a series of set backs. It all started last fall when I had hernia surgery. I thought I was on the road to recovery, but had pain in my lower abdomen which only got worse. Finally, I was diagnosed with a stressed fracture of the pelvis which forced me to take more time off from running than I ever anticipated and I couldn’t defend my national half-marathon title at Houston.
But I can now report I am on the way back and starting to compete again. The U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston in January are my prime focus and the last few months I have been able to finally get some solid workouts again as I start to crank my mileage up for Houston.
It hasn’t been easy, but distance running never is. I still have some hard training to go before Houston and I plan on picking up right where I left off on at the end of 2010 season.