CRUEL MISTRESS

She’ll hold your dance card right up to the first chord and then unceremoniously dump you along with a hundred other broken hearts.  My compassion goes out to the well trained injured that will be missing the big dance this Sunday morning.  When asked to describe the marathon I always define her as today’s title, capable of dashed hopes as well as dreams fulfilled.  You’ve invested months and months of preparation into Lincoln, if you’re getting to the start line healthy you’ve got 90% of the battle won.  Looks like the weather is cooperating so nothing left now but the running, want to race?

“Barefoot Running Step By Step” by Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton (Fair Winds Press, 2011)  is out and available at amazon.com.  Section III of the book is titled “Why Barefooting Will Make You Faster”, and the first chapter is titled “Fast Times In Nebraska”.  The next twelve pages cover yours truly (‘the reborn, revved-up, mega-mileage coach’), Angee Henry (‘a late blooming Olympic hopeful’), Peter vd Westhuizen (‘a world-class racer’),  and Barefoot Benny Foltz (‘the accidental evangelist’).  Also mentions of our “Barefoot Striders” Shannon Stenger, Paul Wilson, and Mike Beatie.  A pretty good read if I say so myself.

Alan Webb defeated Peter vd Westhuizen at last night’s Grand Blue Mile in Des Moines.  Both were timed in 4:08 so it must have been a heckuva race.  It is run uphill and last night into a significant headwind, hence the slow times.  Peter and Alan have battled many times including this epic battle when Peter ran for the Good Mates at the 2009 KU Relays.