I initially started doing some research to write a blog post about the release of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon course being held in Atlanta. The difficulty of the course and it’s challenging elevation gain of 1000ft. has me already spinning mental cogs towards how the professional and elite runners might strategize their training and the race itself. But, there is something more urgent that has me distracted with today’s blog post and I’ve decided to push the pause button on olympic marathon talk.
A Nice Hump Day Distraction
Several weeks back on December 12th, I sat down with the voice and lead announcer of the Drake Relay, Mike Jay, for an RMC podcast interview. I’d venture to say that many runners even from around the world would recognize his voice and associate surging feelings of adrenaline with visions of eight white lanes of polyurethane and rubber granules when they hear him. And I have to admit, I’m eager for something happening this evening at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City, for another chance to hear him speak.
If you didn’t already know Mike has a genuinely huge heart and undying passion for running, track and field, developing youth and prep athlete runners and paying it forward. You can read more in detail about his Track Guy initiative thru my initial blog post and podcast recap here – Drake Relays Announcer – Mike Jay and His Way of Paying It Forward.
This evening you can choose to sit down with a fresh brewski or my personal Big Grove menu favorite, Bibimbap, and hear Mike sit down for an interview and Q&A style discussion panel himself. For the rest of us runners and dreamers, I think it’ll be an intriguing dive into a couple of elite runners from our region. Mike dangled a little teaser carrot during our podcast chat together, that both of his guests will have their own unique story of “heartbreak and jubilation”
Mike is a true inspiration and his work of paying it forward now thru Track Guy USA t-shirt sales, is super rad! He’s already delegating t-shirt proceeds towards several pairs of free running shoes to two young budding runners.
I truly believe everyone involved and everyone present tonight will walk away feeling engaged in their sport, a fresh fuel for their running fire, and inspired to believe there is still value in putting good back into the world.
I think my ears will stay perked to hear if Eric speaks towards his personal training and what specific elements he’ll be working towards in order to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It’ll also be a fascinating history account to hear Randy’s story of qualifying for the 1980 Olympics, which ended up being boycotted by America and many other countries.
What better distraction from this blistery January running weather and abrasive Hump Day?! If you’re down at Big Grove for this evenings panel discussion and read or follow my blog, please don’t be shy because I’d love to meet you. And Thanks Mike Jay and extended thanks to Eric Sowinksi, Randy Wilson and Blake Boldon!