That on the left is a photo from last weekend's Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, VA - and the runners faced a tough opposition - a driving wind gusted most of the day, slowing times and costing a few runners a chance at running in the Olympic Trials - one being Long Island's Jessica Allen who clocked an impressive 2:48.59 - unfortunately that was 2 minutes too long for an Olympic qualifying slot next month in Boston. Despite not reaching her goal Jessica Allen won the race - no small feat and is already looking forward to the 2012 Olympic trials. She said, "This just makes me want to go harder, to do it in four years,". And to close the loop on someone I've been mentioning, Amy Palmiero-Winters fell shy of the Olympic Trials qualifying mark with a 3:23:26 or 7:46 min/mile - nonetheless still a great job! I don't mind racing in rain or even snow - however wind is a killer. Sometimes when you're chasing a goal - in a race...you really need the stars to fall in alignment - and when they don't - it makes the going pretty tough - The wind got the best of everybody on that course that date no doubt - and both these Long Island, NY woman runners did an awesome job - winning a friggen marathon?...that's unbelievable...and I have to give'em their props on that, kudos! Have a great day.