My dear sweet Linda has me climbing the walls.  And some trees.  And some of the tougher hills out at Platte River State Park.    We are climbing Pikes’ Peak in a few weeks and I have no idea what I’m getting into other than I will need to be strong.

We missed the Ak-Sar-Ben Farmers Market on Sunday.  Instead spent the afternoon out at Skyline Ridge cleaning up downed trees for those who needed help.  The tornado that went through brought misery to those directly affected.  Indirectly, it will keep my wood burning stove stoked next Winter.  I’ve been manually hewing  logs with my axe.  Shirtless, sweaty, sultry, just like my baby likes me, making a man out of myself.

Thank you to Gary Wasserman and Logan Watley.  I appreciate everything.

Congratulations to Jason Zakaras on his overall win and new course record (1:17:23) at the Papillion Half Marathon on Sunday.  Our untouchable masters ace Mike Wasson (1:20:48) finished a solid third overall, quite a double back from the previous weekend’s Ice Age 50 Mile.

The following Prefontaine quotes for Erin:

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

“A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways as they’re capable of understanding.”

“A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.

“You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”

“Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.’ It’s more than just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better than anyone else. It’s being creative.”