Yawn! Everyone is so worked up about Eliud Kipchoge’s covering 26.2 miles in less than 2 hours (1:59:40). Regular readers will recall my predicting this over two years ago, A BUCK TWENTY
Brigid Kosgei runs 2:14:04 at yesterday’s Chicago Marathon. Breaking Paula Radcliffe’s 16 year old world record. Yawn. She could have run sub 2:12:00 at California International Marathon.
Just about every serious marathoner in the United States has laid it down over the last two weeks. Twin Cities and Chicago. A few or our big stars will line up November 3rd at the New York City Marathon. Hey now, how dare they schedule NYC the same day as our USATF Nebraska Association xc Championships.
It is Fall and Cross Country is fast upon us. Its on and its fierce! Look, there’s a track season, road season, and cross country season. I coach my athletes appropriately within each season. For our local high schoolers this Friday is the District meet at Pioneer’s Park in Lincoln. Then the big one, Friday the 25th, the State meet on the hallowed Kearney course. Our USATF Nebraska Association Youth, Open, and Masters Championships are scheduled, as mentioned above, the same day as NYC, November 3rd.
Any serious xc runner would not combine marathon or half marathon training and racing into their fall cross season. Unless their coaching philosophy is far different than mine. Or trying to make an indefensible point, trying to have cake and eat it too, the ultimate nose in the air.
I really dig how we hold the Youth and Open xc champs here in Nebraska. By joint hosting the youngsters get to see some of their heroes toeing the line. The adults modeling excellence and sound training principles to the kiddos. No costumes, no sidewalks, no shenanigans.
Wrapping up December 14th with our USA Club XC National Championships in Bethlehem, PA.
Jack Runde, finishing up his middle school xc career.
Angee Nott ran the USATF Masters XC Championships in San Diego this past Saturday! One of the most decorated athletes in Nebraska history still representing the good guys.
Sam Runde continues his comeback, moving up to third Bulldog from 6th last week. His training and racing spot on for a chase at sub 17 at Kearney.
Madison Scott at a young 7 years old understands the difference between seasons!