“And now, Nature took a hand. A thunder storm that had been brewing for a half hour past, broke suddenly at the eighteenth mile, and the rain came down in torrents…In the wild tumult of the elements, Bert exulted. The thunder roared, the lightning flashed, and his own spirit shouted in unison…And as he ran on in the gathering darkness, the vivid lightning playing in blinding flashes about his lithe figure and tossing hair, he seemed like a faun or a young god in the morning of the world, rather than a product of the twentieth century.”

From our TNB Meteorologist Andrea Rich: “Between and 9 and 10am the sun will mix the air enough that winds will rise to nearly 30 mph at times out of the northwest.”  Perfect tailwind to the 50 yard line!

Top five favorite Aaron Carrizales is out of Sunday’s marathon.  A real shame as he was fit enough to outrun Eric Rasmussen at the State Farm 10 Mile last month.   A hip injury will keep Aaron from racing, drats!

I crashed terribly at the ’09 Lincoln Marathon.  My last 10K was in 65+ minutes.  At one point TNB Masters Ace Kraig Vanderbeek jogged alongside and asked if needed anything to which I replied “fuel”.  He had some unwrapped Clif Blocks in the key pocket of his running shorts (post half marathon).  He offered and I greedily consumed while swearing to never eat out of another man’s shorts again.  To that end Linda has been nice enough to sew extra pockets into my racing britches, I’ll be set with Clif product thanks.

I’ve got my goals all lined out for Sunday.  Goal #1 is to beat my 2009 result of 3:32:22.  Goal #2 is 3:26:30 as that will age grade to <3:00:00.  Goal #3 is to catch the 3:25:00 pace group as we enter the stadium.  Giddyup!

                                                                             Kaci Lickteig will be going for the USA Olympic Trials standard of 2:46:00 at this Sunday’s Lincoln Marathon.