Last Sunday, in Birmingham, Alabama, Irish Stablemate and 2020 Olympic Games marathon hopeful, Joy Miller, turned on the magic to finish second (1:16:59) in the prestigious Magic City half marathon.
Joyous Joy used the race as part of her Houston Marathon preparations.
Jubilant Joy joined Stazza’s Stable in June of this year and has since lowered her PB over the half by 2 minutes.
Joy told The Stable News: “Between miles 9 and 11, I lost about a minute. I suffered terrible stomach cramps. Last night, I had a dodgy Chinese. Luckily, I hung on.” (Note: Joy confirmed to The Stable News she had not eaten any of Damian Crusty Kenneally’s fast twitch fibre bread.)
In preparation for the Houston Marathon, Joy will now focus on marathon specific training.
Coach Stazza said: “Joy’s based in South Carolina, where the temperatures and humidity are savage. It’s not conducive to marathon training. We have a window now—the temps have settled—and we’ll work on her endurance. She has the necessary speed and I’m confident she’ll get the US Olympic Trials Qualifier. If she continues to improve, we’ll fire her into another marathon in May, and she’ll have a crack at running sub 2:29:30, which should qualifier her for the Irish team at the 2020 Olympics.”