Whats going on

So I really have to get better at this and start making more time to fit a short blog in every week or so. I have been really busy lately with starting school back again at Western Michigan graduate biological sciences program, work, and running. Where I am at running wise, I did my favorite small town race the Minster Oktoberfest 10k in Minster Ohio last weekend. I have done the race twice in the past (3rd in 2007, 2nd in 2008) and I was really excited to be back again this year. After going out pretty conservative the first mile(4:52) just feeling out the competition I started put the screws to pace running the next three in 4:33, 4:35, 4:33. I had a pretty good lead at this point and was on course record pace through 4 miles, but then we turned back into a pretty strong head wind the last 2 miles to the finish and could only muster a 5:00 and 4:53. I finished in 29:35 which was a little disappointing but still came away with the victory. The atmosphere is great at this race and will keep coming back as long as they will have me.

Currently I am in Chicago, IL getting ready to pace the lead women in the 33rd Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Right now I am on tap to go through the half marathon mark in 1:10 which is 5:20. I am really excited to be here for marathon weekend and look forward to getting out tomorrow and doing some work for the lead women. If Liliya Shobukhova wins the marathon she will also take home the half of a million dollar world marathon major prize purse.

Also congratulations to Kevin Doyle for winning the race of champions this morning.

Attached is a video of the beautiful weather we are enjoying here in Chicago from elite hospitality suite at the top floor of the Hilton.