Some tidbits for your leisure reading:
27- We celebrated World Class Good Mate Peter van der Westhuizen’s 27th birthday last night at the Upstream. Around 20 people showed up to not only hoist a celebratory pint with Pete but to wish him well as he departs for South Africa to begin a two month training stint at altitude. He and wife Michaela will live under spartan conditions; arise and run, lift weights and core training, eat, nap, wake and run again, sup, retire for evening, repeat for 60 days. It was one of the most inspiring, motivating evenings I’ve spent this year.
7:48- The South African 3000 meter National Record Pete will be chasing at the Boston Indoor Games in early February. He’ll fly back for the meet and immediately return to finish the cycle as he preps for the 2012 London Olympics.
1, 2, 3- The podium places that are his goal in London.
3.2- The weight in ounces of the new Saucony spike that Pete had a hand in designing. It is one sweet shoe.
37- James McGown’s age, time marches on for us all.
2004, 2008- The two consecutive Men’s Olympic Trials Marathons he qualified for. As I’m fond of saying, Team Nebraska was built on James’ back.
2:15- The times James turned in for his session of 10 X 800 on Sunday.
4- Saturday night I’ll post my 4th annual Christmas Eve gift to the running community. I’ve lampooned, satirized, and skewered for the first three editions, this year I promise something a little different and just as entertaining.
5- Haleigh Riggle’s goal at the Lincoln Marathon is a top 5 finish. She is coached by beau and fellow mate Lee Anderson.
6- The number of months Justin Mollak has been working on remodeling his kitchen/dining area. The before and after pics are amazing. He has a level of craftsmanship that exceeds my own dad’s, the absolute highest praise I could possible give anyone in his field.
5:46- The final mile of Amanda Lee’s 8 mile cut down run. Amanda is a Lincoln native that resides and trains in Flagstaff, I’m doing my best to convince her that the training opportunities here may be just as great, minus the altitude, as they are in Arizona. She’ll be in town for this Saturday’s Jingle Bell Run, catch her if you can!
43.6- The number of miles per week I’ve averaged this year. I’ll end up with just a bit over 2300 in 2012 .
54- My age and that makes me darned pleased with the consistency and mileage for the year.
30- The number of minutes I expect Carrie to take off her half marathon pr at the Disney half in a couple of weeks. She’s busted her hump since mid-August and I could not be prouder.
60- The number of pounds her husband has lost during the same period, inspired by his wife’s training. Arthur I can’t wait to meet you and shake your hand.