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NOT MY MARATHON

Just wow!  Nothing will set me at odds more than my opinion of what  transpired at the BMW Dallas Marathon this past weekend.  Celebrated on the national news.  I call B.S.  What say you?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opGTSO-roo8&feature=share

Some calling it “inspiring”, “heroic”, and “motivating”.  I call it cheating.

I hope this runner is duly disqualified.  For the integrity of The Race.  The Marathon.  Our Sport.  How did foot racing become so utterly co-opted and corrupted by the feel good fuzzy as long as we’re all good friends just pick a charity ski pole toting (!) let’s just participate we’re all winners crowd?  The good news for the Real Winner is that the race is under USATF rules and regs so expect the DQ shoe to drop any day now.  Matters not if there was a prize purse or not.  Its all about Pride.

The fact that I even have to pen these words is sad testament to the state of marathoning today.  But there are still those of us left….still just a few…..only a few.  That remember.  When racing was racing and fundraising was a cake walk.  Those that do remember, we gave EVERYTHING we had to the marathon.  We trained our assess off for up to 6 months for the challenge  of posting the fastest 26.2 of our lives.  Every time.  Every time….

Look, I finished 2nd at the 1986 Galveston Marathon.  I closed on the leader for the last 10K, gaining as he wobbled forward on the horizon, cat was in horrible shape and I was sure he would not make the finish line.  I prayed he wouldn’t make the finish line.  Wished the worst of fates upon him in those final minutes.  Cared not for the suffering of my fellow.  If I would have attempted to lend him a hand he would  have punched me in the mouth.  And circumstances reversed I would have done same.  If I didn’t  train properly, if I  neglected nutrition, if I skimped on sleep, if I was simply having the Worst Luck, that was how we accepted the marathon.  It was called  a DNF.

Not My Marathon!

 

 

 

HOW WE MEASURE

USA Club Championships.  Whether the T&F Champs in the summer or Club Cross in December.

The most important measuring stick to the founder of Nebraska’s LDR program.  How does Nebraska (LRC Racing) stack up against the rest of  the United States?

In the open men’s 10K race there were 49 teams, 424 finishers.

Lincoln was led by Nolan Zimmer’s 53rd o/a (31:01) finishing 26th out of 49 teams, top half by a couple places.  Nolan Border (149th-32:19) and Jacob Olson (150th-32:19), Ryan Dostal (263rd-33:40). Andrew Jacob (277th-33:50), and Tom Nichols (395th-37:29) rounded out the scoring.

Team Nebraska sent Matt Pohren (216th-33:08) and Josiah Belzer (307th-34:20).

RunAblaze Iowa finished 12th overall.  KC Smoke finished 16th overall.  Cream of the Midwest crop and whom we should all be trying to catch up to/beat.

In the women’s 6K race 30 teams and 246 athletes.  Nebraska (LRC Racing) showed the predicted potential finishing 11th overall like this:
Katie Wetzstein (39th-20:51), Mary Hillis (58th-21:08), Hayley Sutter (95th-21:49), Sarah Fowler (122nd-22:16), Erica Doering (150th-22:36) and Cassandra Krings (158th-22:45).

Plane and simple.  I was happy to see that Lincoln was able to fly to Lexington  for  the race.  Beats the hell out of the old days when we would make the 12 hour drive.  Save the legs for the race!

Run Guru Elite’s Liz Starbuck went back to her altitude roots to run an indoor 3K at the Colorado School of Mines.  10:49 a good way to kick off the indoor season.  Al Sanabria ran a quick 8:52 3k for the win at Kearney.

Cory Logsdon ran 100 miles in 17:59:XX for the win on the trails of Hitchcock, Iowa.  Jody Semonell was first for the women century runners.  Brian Wandzilak won the  50 Mile.  I can’t even imagine!

LRC flexing their muscles this fall.  Putting themselves as the current best club in Nebraska.

Giving us all someone to chase!

NEBRASKA CLUB CROSS PRIMER

2004
62 Morgan, Mike 24 Team Nebraska 34:49.02
143 Carrizales, Aaron 27 Team Nebraska 35:57.64

2007
162 Paul Wilson, 26, Omaha, NE 35:02.2 Team Nebraska Brooks
187 Shannon Stenger, 29, Papillion, NE 35:24.9 Team Nebraska Brooks
232 Dustin Llewellyn, 29, Omaha, NE 36:05.7 Team Nebraska Brooks
267 Michael Long, 26, Omaha, NE 36:30.5 Team Nebraska Brooks

2008

26. Team Nebraska Brooks 2:54:04
71 Levi ASHLEY 25  33:23
130 James MCGOWN 34  34:22
162 Paul WILSON 27  35:06
183 Tom NICHOLS 26  35:35
185 Brian WANDZILAK 28  35:38
190 John NICHOLS 26  35:51
229 Ben SANDY 33  37:57

2009
35. Team Nebraska Brooks
78  Matthew Pohren, 25, Omaha, NE 31:55
159 Paul Wilson, 28, Omaha, NE 33:18
171 Matthew Schneider, 24, Nebraska City, NE 33:25
232  Jordan Tucker, 23, Omaha, NE 34:53
244  Shannon Stenger, 31, Papillion, NE 35:37
Total Time = 2:49:06 Total Places = 884

2011
28. 764 Team Nebraska Brooks-A ( 33:32 2:47:37 2:06)
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******10.   David Adams 307 22 M Team Nebraska Brooks-1 30:02 4:50********
David was omitted from the team scoring.  Team leadership was attending to an injured teammate and missed the 1 hour window to file a protest.  If David’s 10th overall would have figured in  to the official results Team Nebraska Brooks would have finished well inside the  top 20 teams.*********

1 79 Matthew Pohren 27 32:05 312
2 139 Matthew Schneider 26 33:15 313
3 178 Andrew Jacob 25 34:02 308
4 180 Cory Logsdon 23 34:04 310
5 188 Justin Mollak 27 34:11 311
6 (240) Shain Kephart 26 35:39 309

127 Megan Zavorka 626 25 F Team Nebraska Brooks 22:31 6:03
186 Emily Kraus 625 26 F Team Nebraska Brooks 23:18 6:15

2012

Team Nebraska, 22nd
51.  Matthew Pohren, 31:44
103. Eric Rasmussen, 32:35
131. Luka Thor, 32:50
213. Cory Logsdon, 34:05
247. Nathan Stack, 34:55
Team Total Score = 587

Team Nebraska, 20th
126. Alysha Davis, 23:00
135. Megan Zavorka,  23:13
140. Haleigh Riggle,  23:20
141. Natalie Como,  23:20
167. Shannon Suing,  24:06
190. Meghan Schneider, 24:57

Team Total Score = 517

Andrew Jacob, Matt Schneider, Cory Logsdon, Shain Kephart, Matt Pohren and David Adams.  My soldiers in 2011.

Great Racing, Good Luck and  Giddyup to those of you racing in Lexington this weekend.

RUN STRONG STAY HUNGRY

VELO Press, Copyright 2017, by Jonathan Beverly

Run Strong Stay Hungry by Jonathan Beverly

I’ve been a fan of Jonathan’s for a very long time.  As Editor-In-Chief of Running Times his was the only elite beacon in a sea of otherwise.  His words, much more eloquent, echoing my grunts that we are not all the same.

Run Strong Stay Hungry gives a glimpse into those  that have set themselves apart from the masses.  Through perseverance, toughness, dedication and suffering that a lifetime of running has bestowed.  Jonathan interviewed dozens of lifetime competitors from the Olympic down to the merest.  The bond of many thousands of miles forging a cast whose stories are truly inspiring.

The most prolific female marathoner in Nebraska history, Roxi Erickson shares her story.  Craig Christians tells his too.  Ann Ringlein is in there as well.  All part of the fabric of distance running history in Nebraska.

Joanie.  Deena Kastor and Colleen DeReuck.  Olympians.  Both served with me on USATF’s WLDR Executive Committee.  Bill Rodgers, his 180,000 lifetime miles mind boggling.

And finally the merest.   I feel honored that Jonathan felt me worthy to be included with so many of my running heroes, icons and peers.  I smiled when I read the title of my section- LISTEN TO THE TRUTH.

Jonathan and I share more than many miles.  Our personal bests are nearly identical.  Our philosophies pretty darned close.  And he ran for me back in the day.  Thank you for everything old buddy!

 

MAN AS PAIN

The fifth edition in my “Man As” philosophical musings.  Man As Pain.  We all suffer.  Some is unimaginable.  Some is manageable.  Some a mere distraction.  Chronic.  Acute.  Dull.  Throbbing.  Some heart-rending.  Some exquisite.

What we all share is pain.  It shapes us to some degree.  Influences our daily lives.  Has the power to change us.  Sometimes for the better.

When you see your fellow man consider his pain.  Give him a hand.  Lend him an ear.  We all have pain.

Pain passes though.  The human condition making us stronger and hopefully wiser for suffering.

And when we transcend the pain, the old hurts, the bruises, the aches, we see that we are not alone.  That our fellows too have their own pain.  And that should guide how we deal with them.  Empathy.  Sympathy.  Camaraderie.

We are all in this together and having a kind heart is one of the only solutions for Man.

http://rungurusays.com/?s=man+as+allium

MAN AS RAIN

MAN AS MOREL

MAN AS EARTH

HEEEEERE’S JOHNNY!

Johnny Rutford of Omaha, representing Lincoln Running Company Racing turned in the marathon of his life.

Fast on the heels of last Friday’s call to Go Long Nebraska, a handful of LRC Racing athletes were already in Sacramento, not listed on the status of elites, confounding me.    Johnny will have no such problems moving forward.  His sterling 2:21:34 the fastest marathon in almost 10 years by a Nebraskan.  As always, with all due respect to Mike Morgan and Tanner Fruit, both ex-pats that have achieved the standard.  Johnny was 52nd in our USA Marathon National Championships.  Eric Noel of Lincoln, representing LRC Racing was 60th in 2:23:12.  Michael Rathje of Omaha, also  representing LRC Racing was 83rd in 2:27:04.  Got to hand it to these hard working fellas.  Three runners from the same team under 2:28:00, Nebraska, in the guise of LRC Racing, seems to be answering the call to go long.  And that ladies and gentleman is great stuff.  Kayte Partch (unattached) of Lincoln was first female from Nebraska in 2:49:55.  Nate (2:38:35) and Karissa Stack (2:59:06) both running very well.

More local interest from CIM.  Two time Nebraska Trail Run Half Marathon Champion Patrick Rizzo qualified for his 4th consecutive Olympic Trials Marathon finishing 20th in 2:17:27.  My old buddy Fernando Cabada (recent of the  Good Life Halfsy) was right ahead of Patrick finishing 19th in 2:17:07.  Mason Frank (formerly Iowa Ablaze) of Denver was 26th in 2:17:39.  Sara Hall led all women in 2:28:10.

Fifty women met the Olympic Trials standard of 2:45  Thirty seven men met the 2:19:00.  Another CIM in the books!

So today’s message is nothing but optimistic.  Nebraska runners may still be just below the radar for most national championship fields, but these runners and racers that have the drive to strive are the first step back to national respectability.

Your top ten men.  Photo credit Kory Cool.
https://www.athlinks.com/event/3241/results/Event/603293/Course/1024866/Results

GO LONG NEBRASKA!

The ultimate prize for every merely mortal distance runner?  The USA Olympic Trials Marathon.

This weekend in Sacramento.  California International Marathon.

No runners from Nebraska listed on the Championships status of entries.

Go Long Nebraska!

Some young man or young lady.

Go Long Nebraska!

I challenge Run Guru Elite.  I challenge Team Nebraska.  I challenge Lincoln Running Co. Racing.  I challenge Club 402.  I challenge Women Run Nebraska.

Go Long Nebraska!

We have two more years to regain some national marathon relevance.

Go Long Nebraska!

Give us a hometown hero.

Go Long Nebraska!

James McGown was the last Nebraska male to qualify for the Men’s USA Olympic Trials.  He achieved the standard in 2004 and 2008.  It was my honor to coach him to both.  Now almost 10 years later, we all wait for another.  Go Long Nebraska!

 

 

ON THE ROAD

Pulled the Lindgren Limo into the Columbus Hyatt Regency yesterday.  I’ll be ensconced in the parking lot for the next couple of days.  Machinations abound at the USATF Annual meetings.  Couldn’t afford the airfare or hotel room like every single other USATF attendee.  Making my own way,  carrying my own message.  Beholding to none.  The state of LDR in Nebraska as I see it.   Climate change here.  No umbrage towards our National Governing body, our programs, our requirements, towards me, towards Certification and Sanctioning, towards Championship Racing,

The Lindgren Limo.

Biggest news for your scribe so far is Emma Coburn being named the USATF Athlete of the Year.  A Steeplechaser!  In a sea of sprinters a distance runner emerges!   Jerry Schumacher has been named the Coach of The Year for his work with the Bowerman Track Club.  Congratulations to both Emma and Jerry!

Turned down the Jesse Owens Hall Of Fame Dinner.   I have never owned a  suit in my life.

Packing up late next Friday to head to Lexington, KY.  to watch  Lincoln Running Company Racing, our semi professional running club that represents Eastern Nebraska.  Lincoln now Nebraska’s sole representation at Club Cross.  A whole lot of talented Nebraska athletes unable to make the trip due to 1- Funding (Run Guru Elite) and  2-Fielding a team (Team Nebraska).

So here’s to Lincoln, our only egg in the basket and well played.  The women look formidable, I anticipate the highest finish ever by a women’s  team from Lincoln.
Men’s Masters- 40+, Charles Smith.  50+, Craig Christians.
Open Men- Andrew Jacob, Tom Nichols, Nolan Zimmer, Nolan Border, Jacob Olson, Ryan Dostal.
Open Women- Erica Doering, Sara Fowler, Anna Hazard, Mary Hillis, Cassandra Krings, Hayley Sutter, Katie Wetzstein.

As founder of our state’s USATF LDR program I reserve the right to see Nebraska running in a more global view.  Nolan Zimmer, Jacob Olson, Luka Thor, Matt Pohren, Jay Welp, Grant Wintheiser.  I send these 6 cats to nationals and they come home with a top 10 finish.  Representing Nebraska.  All of Nebraska.

 

BREAKING BRAD

Linda and I met a lot of people during Small Business Saturday.   Dave and Martha scored one of the hottest properties in Omaha when they landed ROAST at Ak-Sar-Ben Village.  Some serious foot traffic at 1904 S. 67th St.

A couple of fellas decked out in running attire, one looking kind of familiar, sat at a near table.  Sweet spot for me.  Took a break and a chance to sell my chemical free produce and Run Guru Events, LLC.  The next 45 minutes were split just about 50/50 between the two.

Brad Ashford knows a thing or two about agriculture in Nebraska.  A Westside and Creighton grad, local all the way.  A distinguished 40 year career in politics.  He’s making a 2018 run to regain the seal lost in 2016.  I’ll be pulling the handle for him.  For his position and understanding of the issues we face.  What that means to our community.  I shared my vision of a Nebraska Agritopia.  Mom and Pops like Bar None becoming  the center of sustainable marketing, both education and real production of chemical free, locally sourced vegetables, eggs, fruits, honey, grains and more.

Brad is also a runner.  With over 50 years putting one foot in front of the other.  Has completed 4 marathons including Grandma’s twice and Stockholm in Sweden.  Symbolic because he represents  “everyman” and running is something we can all do.  The second half of my break then was all about running in Nebraska and in Omaha and what is going on in Waterloo with Run Guru Elite, Inc. in particular.

Brad will be our official starter and celebrity participant at the 5th annual Two Rivers Valentine’s Day 5K.  He is a friend of the running community.  And we need all the friends we can get!

https://www.active.com/waterloo-ne/running/distance-running-races/two-rivers-valentine-s-day-5k-2018?int=

60

I hope you all wake up on your 60th  Birthday.  I feel blessed to have done so this morning.

When in my 20s I couldn’t fathom it.  In my 30s I  probably dreaded it.  In my 40s  I  finally accepted it.  In my 50s I happily anticipated it.  The more trips you make around the  sun the more you realize how fortunate you are.  A little bit of luck to be sure.  Running lifestyle contributing vigor and  gusto.

To reach a new age group is reward enough.  To enter it with 40 years of miles sugars it up nicely.  This old piece of flint still has plenty of  spark to give.  2017 will end up with more miles than my last 3 combined.  With all due respect to the ortho specialists, you were so wrong to tell me to stop doing something that I love.  An integral part of my very soul.  Thank you Kaci Lickteig for giving me (and Linda!) the courage to get back out on the roads.

I had planned on doing something running remarkable today.  In the fashion  of a couple of my old buddies (Ray Lapinski, Dave McGillivray) I had intended to put in 60 miles.  After doing 10 on Sunday and consulting with Ray yesterday I bagged that notion.  An easy run with my love will suffice.

So what have I learned, what can I pass on?  Most of my lessons have come the Hard Way.  Price of Hubris, cost of Impatience, debt of Certainty.  What would I tell my younger self?  Some of life’s most important lessons in no particular order:
1.  Slow down.  Good things come to those that wait.  I will forever struggle  with this one.
2.  Be nicer to all people.  They have their story too.
3.  Stick to your principles, be your own guiding light.
4.  Sometimes its better to be wrong, even if you’re right.
5.  Better a leader than a follower, Tough Row as it is.
6.  Each Day, Every Run is a Gift.
7.  Love  is out there.  Real Love.  Linda.
8.  You can’t and shouldn’t try to please everyone.
9.  Be Passionate.  If its worth it you’ll have to fight for it.
10.  Be Thankful for what you have.

I’ve never been happier in my life.  Thanks to Linda.  I love and appreciate this woman more than I ever thought could be possible.  Looking forward to the next 40!