Jumping Jack Flash. Two would be jumpers talked down off the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge yesterday. Desperate pleas. Glad they are safe. My man John Rosemond illuminates every Monday in the OWH. This week it was “An ode to the ‘dark ages’ of parenting.” He rails against parents that condone and feed into a child’s self-centerdness by the misguided notion that it develops high self esteem. No respect except for self. Kids putting themselves in front of parents, other adults, and society’s best interest. In other words spoiled little turds often with a chip on their shoulder. Somebody please get me my razor strap.
My dearest, sweetest Linda informs me that children are no longer held back in school. Rather passed on to the next grade, regardless. And back to Rosemond- “Since 1970, the average age of successful male emancipation has risen nearly seven years.” I was in the US Navy at age 19, seeing the world and earning some very hard knocks. Had my ass whupped by my parents for 18 years and later had it whupped again for over valuing my opinions in society. Learned my place and earned my stripes. Not so anymore. Mummy and daddy make sure of that.
Been a hectic week leading up to the Freedom Run. Our group from Boulder has been flux with the cast changing a couple of times. Right now Zach Hine (Saucony Hurricane) is the favorite. Ran Falmouth Road Race on August 11th and finished 7th overall against the international field. He completed the 7.1 mile tour of Maine’s beautiful coastline in a fast 33:54, 4:51 pace. Our women’s favorite Amanda Lee has surgery today to remove her wisdom teeth. Will still show up and hopes to toe the line, we hope so too. Zach’s Hurricane teammate Whitney Bevins Lazzara will also be a top contender. She ran 2:41 at the 2013 Twin Cities Mrathon and has a 1:17 half from the Indianapolis Mini Marathon earlier this year. Aaron Davidson of the KC Smoke is coming up and will be a top 3 contender. I’ve sent out a dozen and more invitations to top Nebraska athletes and hope to see some willing to race. $600 in prize purse, not huge but the only $$ game in town.
NRGE will race. Jessica Pape could be the favorite if Amanda doesn’t have her day. Our masters studette Stacy Shaw will race. She and Jessica are training hard for the Des Moines Marathon and will test new fitness level against all competition. I’d like to see them both under 1:25. Mike Wasson will race, he will assault the masters field and likely be near the top in the open. Jimmie Doherty has huevos and will continue to race himself into better shape. Tammy Consbruck is racing the 10K.
Registrations are at an all time high and that, after all, is what they brought me in for.
Our mates Pete Kostelnick and Kyle Clouston (El Jefe) are up North. From Pete: “”Rugged. Relentless. Remote. 42,000 feet of elevation change over 103+ miles in the Sawtooth Mountains of northern Minnesota. 38 hour cutoff.” That’s about all you need to know about the race I’m running starting at 8 am on Friday. Gear and Zipline beer packed up! Not really any sort of service or live tracking, a bit different than Badwater!” Kyle is slacking and only running the accompanying marathon.
This is how Pete fuels for his extraordinary feats of endurance.
Our Amber Sargent is my odds on favorite to win this weekend’s Sioux Falls Marathon. I’ve prescribed the race as a progression run as a tune up for Des Moines. Have I mentioned that our ladies are going to kick some ass over there? Yeah and not for the last time.