You see that phrase a lot in my writings when referring to mentors, colleagues, athletes, and friends from the last 25 years of my involvement in running.   It always tickles me to share stories and insights about the best runners in the U.S. and the world.  It comes across loud and clear that I have nothing but respect for those that have reached the pinnacles of our sport, whether it be administratively, through athletic accomplishment, or otherwise making a positive difference for our athletes and their goals.

And I hope it also comes across that my respect is not limited to just the best, but to everyone that is willing to juxtapose heart and sole.  That is the real beauty of running, that each of us has the opportunity to maximize the innate potential gifted us at birth.  If you pursue your own excellence then you too are my buddy and have my utmost appreciation of your efforts.   Giddyup!

My yard is arrayed in Spring’s verdure, my perennials rising to the Good Mother’s roll call, the air impregnated with thick scenting from the neighbor’s flowering trees.  Can Morel Mushroom hunting be far behind?

Wednesday Night Track Workout at Millard West, 6:00 p.m.
Marathoners & Half Marathoners: Easy jogging for up to 1 hour
Speed Demons: 1.5-2.0 mile warm up and warm down, 4 X 1000 @ 5K race pace, 2:00 recovery jog between each

                 My old buddy 2008 Olympic Marathoner Brian Sell running last year’s Lincoln Half Marathon.  We were thrilled that Brian wanted to rock the Red & White while in Lincoln!