SMOKE THE SMOKE

Great day for a run, I hope you have either gotten yours in or planning to.  Things are going to start heating up a week from today at the Boystown 5 Mile.  I was speaking with the course designer/measurer Gary Meyer and he agrees that the course may be just a bit faster than in previous years.  All depends on whom you ask I suppose but we’ll find out on the 30th.  I’m riding my Felt road bike just in case the speedsters are “on”.

The following week we’ll really test the mettle at the Hospital Hill Team Challenge.  It won’t be easy and we’d stay home if it was.  Team Challenge Coordinator Julie Schaefer has been great to work with and we promise to bring it.  Our women’s team keeps taking hits and now we’re at 3, the minimum to score, and that’s a shame but is what it is.  Jen Viehrig, Laura Neel, and Linda will give it their very best.  I’m darned proud that these ladies are willing to line up in what is turning out to be one of the most important annual summer Team Nebraska Brooks team races of the year.  Thanks for putting the club goals ahead of your own summer break girls!.   Our men got stronger with Ben Schultz and Andrew Jacob joining Los Tres Matts (Pohren, Schneider, Heesch).

Our competition will be fierce with teams from Big River Running Company (St. Louis), Team Tulsa, and the Kansas City Smoke.   We’re not sending our fastest on either side but I do like our Men’s depth.

My old buddy “La Lengua” ran the Fargo Marathon this past weekend and it sounds like there were plenty and more reasons for the slow times.

We had some good representation at the Gambler Half & 5K yesterday morning.  Have not been able to find any results yet but mates Jose Badillo and Steve Stender were seen carting off some large pieces of hardware, more info on that as it becomes available.

Ann and James Hunter, Linda, Jose Badillo, Shy Vithanage, el gallo de cielo.  James is one of the top 40+ milers in Nebraska.