The busiest week of the year round here.  Seedlings by the flat load, in the house, in the hoop house, in the garden.  Already planted beds of carrots and beets and spinaches and lettuces and mizuna and yukina and seven tops and collard and cilantro and kale and swiss chard, requiring covering and uncovering dependent on the forecast.  Twenty five broilers a little over a week from the freezer- we’ve decided to butcher them ourselves this year- another step towards self sufficiency.

And getting our NRGE, Inc. mates squared away for Shamrock Shuffle, second only to the Lincoln Half Marathon as the most anticipated race of the spring.  Statement!

Last but not least is our 10th annual Ni-Bthaska-Ke Trail Run.  We are darned proud of those pre registered, them that know what they are in for and are coming anyway.  Something this difficult isn’t for your everyday hobby jogger.  Or is it?  The best stories out of the race every year are those that overcome natural or super natural obstacles to complete the course.

And this year we’ll have something a little extra in our Elite Field.  Patrick Rizzo is my favorite for the men.  Kaci Licktieg is our returning champ, recently recovered from a sore Achilles.  Amanda Lee from Boulder figures to make the women’s race a feature of the morning.

And just scratching the surface of possibility of bringing the USA 5K National Championships to the Midwest.  Long held on the East coast (Albany, NY and Providence, RI), wouldn’t it be nice to have it within driving distance?

I’ve reached out to the HITS Marathon, we are happy to announce they will be our Nebraska Association Marathon Championships for 2016.  And touched base with Boystown 5 Mile, they will serve in the capacity for that distance.  And queried the downhill mile in Bellevue about the course certification necessary for them to host.  Haven’t heard back from that event so I’ve reached out to the Knights of Aksarben about bringing back the Omaha Mile.

Busy, busy, busy, I’m Hot Wired.