Please do go right ahead.  The backlash from the unintelligentsia has been invigorating to say the least.  Their rantings and antics more than substantiate my positions, prove more than any words I could ever craft.

And those that would use my words (carefully cut and paste out of context to get your spin on) to stir these fools, ah well, so be it.  I’m a little disappointed in the origin but should always be mindful that The Poison still has some little influence.  I’m inoculated from my own experience, as are more and more every day.  Praise be to Buddha.

Big thanks to Gary Dougherty.  Gary and I had a Very Contentious, well documented relationship for over a decade.  Today we have a very good understanding and appreciation of each other.  Life is funny this way sometimes.  We both realize that had it not been for The Poison this running community would be much healthier.

But we also agree that it is not too late to work together for the common good.  Gary had my back yesterday and it is that I thank him for.  Not letting history repeat itself, no matter whose amusement might be interrupted.  Standing up for me when I couldn’t stand for myself.  Yes, we’ve both grown in the best of ways.

I’m still writing with my own, sometimes incendiary, style.  Provoking thought and discussion. Educating.  Insight and Incite.  Stimulating the Running Community to a More Competitive Culture.

Gary with his NDORFNZ website.  “Keepin’ it Real and Focusing on the Good.”

Here’s a tip on the top Nebraska finisher at next Monday’s Boston Marathon.  He works like this:

“As far as training goes, a typical week for me is composed of a long run and two workouts. The days after the workouts are ‘recovery’ though I still like to get in a fair amount of slow miles on those days. The harder workout of the week is usually some form of interval training, 400 repeats, 800 repeats, 1600 repeats, 3200 repeats, hill workouts (A really good one is 5K at about 90%, 6 minutes jog rest, followed by 3 x 3200).The other workout for the week is usually some form of tempo run. One particular workout I like to do on those days is 5-mile warm-up, 10-mile run starting at about 30 seconds slower than marathon pace, increasing the pace each mile and ending at about 30 seconds faster than marathon race pace, followed by a 5-mile slow cool down. All of the other intervals are progressive in both pace and volume as I go through the training cycle (ie, the first time I do 400s I’ll run about 69-72s x 20, and the last time I do them I’ll run about 66-69s for each). I do indeed believe in volume and the long run…I do a fair number of 30-milers…most of my weeks range from 100-130 miles. And, of course, I mix in some 100m strides and a bit of weight training as well.”

And he runs for Nebraska Run Guru Elite.  He’ll also be representing NRGE at the Lincoln Marathon and is a former winner there.   Anyone ready to rethink their bets in the Team Competition?