PHOENIX

Anthony Yahle of Ohio was without a heartbeat for 45 minutes, legally dead.  And yet a miracle occurred and he came back to life.  He’s pretty close to sainthood the way I understand the process and at 37 years old has time to pull it off.

I’m feeling new life in these old bones.  Yesterday’s 6.5 miles included 3.25 faster than my time at the Run For Justin 5K earlier this summer.  Maybe not Lazarusesque but a glimmer, a spark, a chance to dream again.

Ray Wylie Hubbard will be playing the Waiting Room in Benson this Sunday at 5:00 pm.  I’ll be there.  This Legend of Country Music is an all time favorite of mine.  Do a little you tubing and check out these three classics and you’ll see why.  “Up Against the Wall You Redneck Mother”, “Conversation With The Devil”, and “Screw You, We’re From Texas.”

And today’s poster offering also from Texas.  The 2003 edition of the Houston Marathon is special to me because an old friend, Sean Wade, finally won the full, turning in a 2:24:43 at age 36.  It was the first and only year in the history of the race that there were no Invited Elites.  Still very cool because Sean had finished runner up on four different occasions, including his 2:10:59 in 1996.  That race punched his ticket to the Atlanta Olympic Games where he led the Marathon for the first 7 miles, and me in the stands about to wet myself with excitement.  I also had been coaching a young lady from Omaha, she would run her lifetime personal best and finish 3rd overall, her signature appears on the poster.    As does another Omahan I was working with at the time, as you can see her 1:18:56 was her best half marathon time in 5 years.   And tying in my love for food, also with a life time personal best of 2:56:22, Paul Braunschweiler in the upper left.  Good news for Omaha, Paul is back in town and looking for a spot to open a new restaurant.  If you’ve an inkling of who the women are, send your answer and see your name on Monday.

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