Monthly Archives: October 2011

THANK YOU

To everyone that has supported Team Nebraska Brooks this year.  We’ve wrapped up our major events, but we aren’t quite done yet.  The 2nd Annual Jingle Bell Run will be held on December 24th and the 2nd Annual Hair of the Dog Run will be held January 1st.  As you know both of those events are part of our community outreach efforts with proceeds and donations going to the Food Bank of the Heartland and the Open Door Mission.  Doing good things together for the good of the community!

And I do have a whole lot of love and thanks to share.  Going to start with anyone that entered any of our races.  You should feel good that your participation has contributed to the opportunities of the Good Mates and to the expansion of our outreach programs.  The Ni-Bthaska-Ke 12K Trail Run, Swamp Stomp, and Monster Dash are fundraisers for the club, if you entered the Big Blue Run, your entry fees are also helping  education and research for prostate cancer.

Next up are our volunteers.  Such a great slice of our community, those that give of themselves to a greater good.  We absolutely could not have the successful programs we do without those of you that care.

And our Road Race Management Committee:  Bill Weeks, Steve Stender, Mike Kunasek, Steven Durant, Ivan Marsh, Beth & Donny Koubsky, Sara & Javier Garcia, Shyamali Vithanage, Mike Reilly, Kyla Vala, Uriah Shaver, Ben Bates, Ben Schultz, Bruce Barnhart, and Danielle Galvin.  Also Tom Whitaker and Alan Higley of the Omaha Run Club.

To Linda Barnhart, p-r-o-t-e-g-e.

To Jody Green, to whom I owe the biggest and greatest hug.  Better organization equals better product.

To our sponsors, especially Nancy Sutton Moss and the Lincoln Marathon.

To our TNB athletes.  We do this for you!

Have to run to an important meeting, I’ll update race results et al in tomorrow’s column.

Giddyup!

 

 

VALA’S MONSTER DASH 5K RESULTS

Official results are up and as always, our photos will be posted on flickr.com, just click the pink button below and right.  Great turnout, great costumes, great time.

 

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MONSTER DASH & LIFE TIME FITNESS LITTLE GOBLINS RUN

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011

VALA’S PUMPKIN PATCH – GRETNA, NEBRASKA

 

RACE RESULTS

 

Place Div/Tot Name Ag S City Sta 5k

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1 1/17 MATTHEW SCHNEIDER 26 M NORFOLK NE 16:21

2 2/17 CORY LOGSDON 23 M OMAHA NE 16:57

3 3/17 ANDREW JACOB 25 M COLUMBUS NE 17:11

4 4/17 DYLAN WILSON 25 M LINCOLN NE 18:54

5 5/17 JIMMY SMIDDY 29 M UNDERWOOD IA 18:58

6 6/17 JIMMY DOHERTY 24 M PAPILLION NE 19:10

7 7/17 ROBERT SANDERS 26 M OMAHA NE 20:06

8 1/6 NICHOLAS BAKKE 18 M PAPILLION NE 20:31

9 1/30 EMILY KRAUS 26 F OMAHA NE 20:44

10 2/30 EMILY PERSSON 28 F OMAHA NE 21:07

11 2/6 MATT SMITH 18 M COUNCIL BLUFFS IA 21:22

12 8/17 MATTHEW BRAND 27 M OMAHA NE 21:29

13 1/45 KRISTEN RAMM 32 F GRETNA NE 21:33

14 1/4 WILLIE JANS 56 M BLUE EARTH MN 21:57

15 1/7 BRIAN KELLY 43 M OMAHA NE 22:00

16 2/45 SARA GARCIA 30 F OMAHA NE 22:38

17 3/6 TAYLER SUNDERMANN 15 M OMAHA NE 22:40

18 1/11 CINDY GRESS 47 F BELLEVUE NE 22:44

19 3/30 ASHLEY EHRICH 25 F LINCOLN NE 22:56

20 4/30 JESSICA CLEM-MCCLAREN 27 F OMAHA NE 23:02

21 3/45 STACY HUSER 39 F PAPILLION NE 23:20

22 1/7 CORY CROUSE 31 M OMAHA NE 23:37

23 4/45 KRISTA PALM 36 F MISSOURI VALLEY IA 23:40

24 1/4 MORGAN NAUGHTEN 15 F MINEOLA IA 23:51

25 1/5 JOCIE TOWERS 13 F LINCOLN NE 24:39

26 9/17 BRIAN VANEK 25 M GRETNA NE 25:00

27 2/11 BARBARA KOKE 49 F GRETNA NE 25:09

28 2/7 DAVID KOHRELL 46 M LINCOLN NE 25:11

29 5/30 KATIE HOUSTON 28 F OMAHA NE 25:18

30 2/7 ROBERT HARRIS 32 M OMAHA NE 25:26

31 1/8 DANIELLE GALVIN 52 F OMAHA NE 25:31

32 3/7 DOUG WILSON 49 M GRAND ISLAND NE 25:33

33 4/6 CHRIS STOTT 15 M OMAHA NE 25:40

34 2/4 MITCHELL SLOVUT 52 M OMAHA NE 25:42

35 5/45 LACI MOORE 33 F OMAHA NE 26:01

36 6/45 DANA MUNTZ 38 F LOUISVILLE NE 26:07

37 1/10 JACKSON NIELSEN 10 M BLAIR NE 26:09

38 10/17 DAVE HEBDA 28 M OMAHA NE 26:09

39 6/30 SARAH HEBDA 28 F OMAHA NE 26:31

40 2/5 MALLORY HUCK 13 F BELLEVUE NE 26:32

41 7/30 ANDREA GAIDE 21 F SEWARD NE 26:32

42 8/30 LACEY BATT 25 F OMAHA NE 26:36

43 7/45 BRANDY WHITAKER 31 F LINCOLN NE 26:42

44 8/45 SHELLY SEDLAK 39 F PAPILLION NE 26:46

45 2/10 JULIEN HALL 9 M BELLEVUE NE 26:51

46 9/45 TAMI MOSES 33 F BELLEVUE NE 26:53

47 9/30 RACHEL HOFF 27 F OMAHA NE 26:55

48 3/7 MATT DAILY 35 M OMAHA NE 27:04

49 10/30 MICHELLE KOKE 20 F GRETNA NE 27:07

50 4/7 TIM CALLAHAN 39 M FORT CALHOUN NE 27:15

51 5/7 LANCE WILMOT 35 M LINCOLN NE 27:17

52 11/17 ADAM GARTNER 27 M OMAHA NE 27:19

53 4/7 CHRISTOPHER MALONE 47 M SAINT CHARLES MO 28:03

54 3/5 RACHAEL KOHRELL 13 F LINCOLN NE 28:20

55 3/10 JOSHUA ANDERSON 11 M COUNCIL BLUFFS IA 28:21

56 5/7 JOE KORGIE 42 M GRETNA NE 28:29

57 3/4 KENT TIES 55 M OMAHA NE 28:38

58 2/8 VICTORIA MACLIN 55 F OMAHA NE 28:40

59 12/17 JOE ROEBER 28 M GRETNA NH 28:56

60 3/11 RUTH DEWHURST 43 F OMAHA NE 29:13

61 6/7 ROBERT WEATHERWAX 39 M PAPILLION NE 29:15

62 11/30 ANN PACKARD 26 F OMAHA NE 29:23

63 4/4 PAUL PACKARD 54 M LONGMONT CO 29:24

64 2/4 SYDNEY STIVERS 16 F GLENWOOD IA 29:25

65 10/45 ANDREA JEFFERS 32 F OMAHA NE 29:26

66 11/45 KIMBERLY PATOMSON 36 F COUNCIL BLUFFS IA 29:26

67 12/45 MELISSA WEATHERWAX 38 F PAPILLION NE 29:27

68 7/7 ERIC GRIMSHAW 32 M PLATTSMOUTH NE 29:29

69 13/45 LOREE HACKETT 33 F UNDERWOOD IA 29:30

70 4/10 JOSHUA KOHRELL 12 M LINCOLN NE 29:35

71 14/45 LISA PLUM 32 F PAPILLION NE 29:35

72 15/45 AMBER SNYDER 34 F OMAHA NE 29:47

73 16/45 ANDREA JARDINE 37 F OMAHA NE 29:53

74 17/45 HEATHER WOLLAN 35 F UNDERWOOD IA 29:55

75 3/4 GABRIELLE CRAWFORD 15 F GRETNA NE 30:27

76 13/17 MICHAEL MARX 27 M COUNCIL BLUFFS IA 30:30

77 18/45 RACHEL WAGNER 31 F COUNCIL BLUFFS IA 30:42

78 12/30 BROOKE KILLEEN 27 F OMAHA NE 30:46

79 6/7 JAVIER GARCIA 42 M OMAHA NE 30:56

80 14/17 RYAN BURDEN 29 M OMAHA NE 31:16

81 5/6 STEVEN HAND 18 M COUNCIL BLUFFS IA 31:23

82 19/45 KARI BYERS 31 F OMAHA NE 31:31

83 4/11 MICHELLE BANDUR 46 F OMAHA NE 31:52

84 20/45 ANITA RUSE 33 F ADAMS NE 32:01

85 13/30 MAKENZIE DEUTSCHMAN 20 F SEWARD NE 32:08

86 5/11 JULIE SUNDERMANN 41 F OMAHA NE 32:20

87 5/10 RYLEE SUNDERMANN 12 M OMAHA NE 32:22

88 21/45 LORI JOHNSON 37 F LOUISVILLE NE 32:23

89 22/45 SARA BALLOU 30 F PAPILLION NE 32:33

90 23/45 JENNIFER TWEEDY 32 F OMAHA NE 32:38

91 14/30 ALEXIS PEAK 26 F OMAHA NE 32:44

92 3/8 VICKI HALL 57 F BELLEVUE NE 32:44

93 24/45 KARLI MEISINGER 36 F PAPILLION NE 33:01

94 25/45 KELLY ZWYER 35 F GRETNA NE 33:12

95 15/30 HALEY SCHWARTZ 22 F OMAHA NE 33:19

96 16/30 ALICIA SMITH 23 F OMAHA NE 33:20

97 26/45 KRISTY CALLAHAN 35 F FORT CALHOUN NE 33:23

98 6/11 LISA MARSHALL 42 F OMAHA NE 33:24

99 15/17 GEOFF CHRISTENSEN 25 M COLUMBIA MO 33:25

100 4/8 MONICA POPPE 50 F OMAHA NE 33:27

101 17/30 ADRIANNE POPPE 26 F OMAHA NE 33:28

102 18/30 LAUREN KLIMA 29 F OMAHA NE 33:29

103 27/45 REBECCA HARRISON 31 F OMAHA NE 33:54

104 28/45 KARI LANCASTER 30 F OMAHA NE 33:58

105 16/17 URIAH SHAVER 24 M GRETNA NE 34:16

106 29/45 SARAH HARMS 32 F WAVERLY NE 34:32

107 30/45 KAYLA THOMAS-HAIRE 35 F OMAHA NE 34:34

108 31/45 CYNTHIA VANEK 31 F OMAHA NE 34:48

109 6/6 JACOB WIGHT 15 M OMAHA NE 34:54

110 19/30 ANGIE WATTS 29 F COUNCIL BLUFFS IA 34:58

111 32/45 CHRISTY SCOTT 33 F WAVERLY NE 35:07

112 4/5 JOSIE SLOVUT 12 F OMAHA NE 35:16

113 20/30 CRYSTAL THIELE 28 F OMAHA NE 35:21

114 33/45 MISTY TRUMBLE 36 F GLENWOOD IA 35:22

115 5/8 ELAINE STRATMAN 53 F PAPILLION NE 35:43

116 7/11 EVA ROEBER 45 F GRETNA NE 35:52

117 21/30 KATLIN PETERSON 24 F OMAHA NE 36:42

118 34/45 KATE GEIGER 30 F OMAHA NE 36:52

119 22/30 ASHLEY HALLBERG 28 F OMAHA NE 36:52

120 MADYSEN LENIHAN F OMAHA NE 37:09

121 23/30 KALEIGH DYKES 24 F ELKHORN NE 37:10

122 35/45 ANDREA KHAN 32 F OMAHA NE 37:10

123 6/8 JANE WAGAR 57 F OMAHA NE 37:11

124 24/30 ERIN LOGGINS 26 F ELKHORN NE 37:23

125 36/45 LISA LEWIS 36 F BELLEVUE NE 37:26

126 5/5 LAUREN GRAD 14 F OMAHA NE 37:40

127 8/11 AMY JENSEN 42 F GRETNA NE 37:48

128 37/45 SHEILA THIELE 32 F OMAHA NE 37:51

129 6/10 QUINN MCFADDEN 13 M OMAHA NE 37:53

130 9/11 GAYLE KERR-MCFADDEN 43 F OMAHA NE 38:14

131 25/30 CASSANDRA HERFINDAHL 27 F OMAHA NE 38:18

132 7/10 AIDAN BAKKE 7 M LA VISTA NE 39:01

133 38/45 MELANIE HOY 37 F LA VISTA NE 39:02

134 8/10 ELIJAH WHITAKER 9 M LINCOLN NE 39:36

135 39/45 MELISSA BOWEN 33 F PAPILLION NE 40:04

136 7/8 BETH WHITAKER 51 F LINCOLN NE 41:04

137 9/10 NOLAN FORD 10 M OMAHA NE 41:22

138 40/45 CAROL FLYNN 36 F OMAHA NE 41:31

139 4/4 BRITTNEY SUTHERLAND 17 F OMAHA NE 41:32

140 8/8 KAREN PACKARD 54 F LONGMONT CO 41:48

141 41/45 CINDY WILLE 35 F OMAHA NE 41:49

142 10/11 CARRIE GRAD 40 F OMAHA NE 42:05

143 26/30 RACHEL WAGNER 23 F LINCOLN NE 42:25

144 17/17 AARON WAGNER 27 M LINCOLN NE 42:26

145 42/45 SARA RUMA 30 F FORT CALHOUN NE 42:46

146 43/45 RONEE CHRISTENSEN 32 F FORT CALHOUN NE 42:47

147 27/30 ERIN DRAGER 28 F OMAHA NE 43:00

148 44/45 AMANDA KOILE 33 F OMAHA NE 43:00

149 45/45 MELANIE HIRAMOTO 32 F OMAHA NE 43:01

150 11/11 NANCY STIVERS 48 F GLENWOOD IA 44:11

151 28/30 ELIZABETH BRONSON 23 F OMAHA NE 45:20

152 29/30 HEATHER KAESTNER 26 F PROSSER NE 46:14

153 30/30 KATIE LEFLER 23 F OMAHA NE 47:15

154 10/10 NICK FLYNN 7 M OMAHA NE 49:05

155 7/7 DAN FLYNN 44 M OMAHA NE 49:06

 

POOP NO POOP

Up very early this morning, my Friday client is 6:30 am.  Carrie continues to improve dramatically, a real joy to be along for the journey.  I told her when I showed up that I had to poop.  She was willing to wait for me to hit the can, man, but I declined.  (Actually she said TMI!!! but I told her not so).   Told her that this gives me an excellent opportunity to practice dealing with this type of discomfort, something I may well encounter in a race situation.  And by dealing with it this morning I’d be better prepared to handle that stressor should the urge arise in a more inopportune scenario.  Halfway through her workout I was “settled down” and no longer bothered with it.

A good coach prepares their athlete to deal with every possible adverse situation.  Rehearsing, whether in real practice, or via mental imagery, is a Very Powerful tool when it comes to training properly and definitely makes you more Mentally Tough when you encounter bad patches.

After her workout I laced up my flats and set out on my own.  Hard to initiate a hard, mega set of quarters when it is below 35 degrees.  Harder when you’re hitting them alone.  Harder again  if you still need to potty.  I’ve never been to a race though where they were willing to hold the starting gun for me to hit a porta can.  As I’m fond of saying, “You’ve got to train to race”, and that means dealing with all manner of inconveniences, and proper preparation is the key to being the master of your day.

Good luck to our OEG mate John Tully as he makes his annual trek to Tulsa, OK for the venerable Tulsa Run 15K.  Speedy wishes too to Enita Larsen & Amee Rief at this weekend’s Marine Corps Marathon.

Looking forward to tomorrow’s Vala’s Monster Dash 5K & Little Goblins Runs.  Be sure and tune in to KETV as they will be having a live remote at the event.  You’ll get to see some of your favourite local celebrities and can experience the fun and flavor from the comfort of your living rooms.  Big thanks to Sunrize Donuts, Panera Bread, No Frills, and FrontRunIt for the contributions!

Laurie Halpenny’s winning Haiku from Wednesday night:
“I take airless breaths
Strong legs become weak yet I
Run because I can”

Even porta cans can be works of art.  I wonder if these models have heated seats, music and skylights?

BAREFOOT SLED PULLING

We had a great Wednesday Wrap Up last night.  John Tully won the Ugliest Toes contest in a near draw with Krista Palm.   Bruce Barnhart took the Predict-A-Mile crown (predicted 8:00, ran 7:59, narrowly edging Tully by :01).  Laurie Halpenny won the Running Haiku contest, there were several good entries from Steve Stender, Amie Rief, Krista Palm, and Bob Harris.  Javier Garcia is still working on his.  After gathering at the Upstream 25 of us shared our top running moments of the year.  A lot of impressive accomplishments, debuts, and overcoming of odds.  Contest winners were awarded the coveted 23 ounce beverage of choice.

Ran a West loop (3.1 miles) barefoot this morning.  Continuing to strengthen the lower extremities for cross.  The legs feel pretty shelled after yesterday’s workout, quarters tomorrow, getting faster by the day, a wonderful journey to be on.  I’ve rustled together my makeshift sled and will be doing some “pulls” though and around the dojo in upcoming weeks.  I harness myself to tow various weights, primarily pieces of granite, over hill and dale.  Trudging at first getting used to the load on new muscle groups but eventually doing more concentrated and sustained efforts.  Rebuilding from the ground up.

The Pan Am Games have been going on in Guadalajara, Mexico.  The games serve as the North American continent’s version of the Commonwealth Games.  One of my oldest colleagues, Kim Keenan Kirkpatrick is serving as the Team Manager.  She and I came up through the USATF trenches together beginning in the mid 90s.  She polished, me, well, you know me.  Kim also is the Athletic Director at Seton Hall University and an attorney. She served as Assistant Distance Coach at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, a real go getter.

Hope you are all planning on coming out to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch this Saturday.  We’ll have you through and on your way back home in time for kick-off!

Team Nebraska Brooks welcomes former UNL standout Kyle Custer to the squad.  Kyle finished 2nd to Peter at last week’s Swamp Stomp and will make a Very Strong addition to the team.  Originally from Cambridge, NE Kyle recorded prs of 4:07 for the Mile and 14:51 for 5000 meters.  Welcome Kyle and Giddyup!

Shain Kephart will be running the Red Kettle Run 5K this Saturday.  It used to bug me when events scheduled on our same day.  Now I happily float down the Middle Path, a nod and a smile for everyone, and can even encourage our athletes to support these other races.  By the way, he’s In it to Win it.  Giddyup!

OMAHA ENDURANCE GROUP

This will be our final formal meeting on Wednesday night for 2011.  6:00 pm, Millard West.   Our 4th Annual wrap up party will give us one last chance to get together and celebrate the year.  Ugliest Toes Challenge, Running Haiku contest, and the Predict-a-Mile are always Great Fun.  Please also bring your favorite medal or award from this year to share with the group.  Stories encouraged, embellishments mandatory!  Upstream Brewery afterwards.

Our Winter Training Cycle will kick off Saturday, November 12th.    A new feature will be the different training venues.  We will be meeting at various places, including Two Rivers State Park, Lake Wehrspann, Holy Family Shrine, and the Yutan Clan (Dr. Week’s compound).  We’ll vary the terrain and location based on road conditions and weather.  For November 12th, we’ll be meeting at Lake Wehrspann at 10:00 am.   (November 6th is Beer & Bagel).

If you need appropriate gear for the upcoming winter you could do no better than going to: www.brooksrunning.com There you can find enough cold weather gear to protect you and keep you comfortable from head to toe.

Cranked out a set of 1200s this morning.  I knew this was going to be a tough workout but I went into it with absolutely no fear or dread, not a single butterfly.  I’m asking my body to run faster than it has for a couple of years, it is responding, and I’m digging it.  All I have to do is my very best and there’s nothing scary about that.  In fact I was telling Kelly Crawford, that the final repetition gave me a chance to get to that place where Real Running resides.  Where the only thing driving you to continue is yourself; doubt, pain, the elements, all be darned!  Pushing hard when few others would dare or be able to.  I was getting a :30 head start on Kelly, he would track me down (he’s that fast) but I would throw everything I had at him as he passed, not wanting it to be Easy on him.  Dreaming and training like a champion.

Silver Bullet Windproof Tights

Silver Bullet Windproof Jacket

Windproof Boxer (aka bubble wrap)

Wanganui Shelter Glove.  I also dig the Wanganui Cabrio Mitten.

The Balaclava is back!  This one is essential.  I also recommend the Wanganui Fleece Hat.

 

PEACE LOVE RUN

Three words that speak the world.  What started out as a T-shirt design has transcended into a codification of all that is good with running in Nebraska.  Gina Gottsch of Artwears Unlimited presented the original design and it has since morphed through a couple of tweaks, by our own Bill Weeks.  It appears on t-s, sweatshirts, hoodies, technical tops, and the recently released knit caps.  One of the highlights for me on Saturday was the number of people lined up to purchase some of this gear.  We announced that proceeds go to our TNB apparel fund.  This is how we are able to offer our kit to everyone that wants to represent,  regardless of financial status.  If it is a hardship, its free, simple enough.  It was also heartwarming for me to let people know that their entry fees contribute to the opportunities of our Good Mates.  We will be sending close to 20 people to Seattle on Dec. 9-10 for the USA  Club XC National Championships.  Our open athletes are fully funded for the trip, our masters athletes receive a small travel stipend as well.  We couldn’t do it without you, Peace Love Run.

Especially our Wednesday night Omaha Endurance Group.  This program too has grown and in the best ways.  What started out as a small and dedicated group of athletes meeting up once a week has developed into an ever expanding community of positive minded people that care about running in Nebraska.  And every one of them desires to train towards their own potential.  This is the forum I was meant for in Omaha.  Peace Love Run.

Another way to support the mates is to get your 2012 USATF membership.  At $29.95 per year your membership includes Fast Forward, the quarterly publication that keeps up with America’s best.  It also grants discounts at various car rental, hotel, and other participating businesses.  Best of all, a small portion of each adult (non youth or official) membership comes directly back to the USATF Nebraska Association’s Long Distance Running (LDR) program.  www.usatf.org/membership Peace Love Run.

The 29th annual YMCA Masters Classic was Sunday.  Killer Coach wants us racing through this training cycle so several of us got our giddyup on.  Linda Barnhart was the 1st Overall female in the 5K in a quick 20:10.  Kelly Crawford was Overall Masters Male in the 5K in 18:00.  Justin Mollak was the Overall winner in 16:47, followed by Ben Schultz in 17 and change (I can’t find any results).  I was well back in 21:11 and it is with a Hearty Adios that I bid that old speedster Sweet Lou Soukup a Feliz Cumpleanos as he turns 60 tomorrow, not to haunt my age group door for at least another 6 years!

Peace Love Run.

Laurie Halpenny is having her best year of running and racing ever.  She and training partner Denny Gray have pushed each other and are tearing up the fall schedule.

Bruce Newton rocking the longs sleeve technical top.  He’s big and strong and is a Fireman and we love him for that.

And we love Taia as much as she loves chocolate chip cookies!

Peace Love Run.  And Giddyup!

ROUX THE DAY

Chef Steven let me make the roux for the gumbo on Friday.  It took well over an hour of constant whisking the cast iron dutch oven with 3.5 lbs of butter and 5 lbs of flour.  Slowly bubbling, starting out whitish, developing into a nice caramel brown, and finally ending up similar to a 60% cacao dark chocolate color.  That really was the glue that held the dish together, instilled the character, satisfied the palate.

A patient approach to training and racing also yields tasty dividends.  In training it is keeping the big picture at the fore.  Realizing that part of any sound training program is to have long term and mid term, as well as short term goals.  Everyone encounters a day, or days, or weeks (drats!) where injury or aches keep us out of our game.  I noticed my training partner completely out of form beginning today’s run.  Was told not to worry, “It’ll warm up”, “Once I get going fast I hardly even notice it”, and “It hurt some during yesterday’s race.”  Another benefit of having a coach, I declined all laments and insisted she return home to the ice pack.  And 2 days minimum off, No Running!

No @#$%!  I’m keeping a tally, I’ve only used profane language twice since Market to Market.  Those that know me are amazed.  I’ve set up a kitty and am donating a dollar for every time I slip.  I’ll donate it to our Children’s Running Program at the end of the year, I hope it stays at $2.00.  On a serious note, it has helped me compose my thoughts before speaking and that is a good thing.  Thanks David & Matt & Josh for the inspiration.

Some Swamp Stomp stuff:  The people that came out loved the event and we wouldn’t have it any other way.  110 finishers, another 18 or so in the Little Gator Gallops, a bunch of family and friends, a nice intimate group that enjoyed one of the nicest mornings of the year.  Thanks to everyone for coming out and to our sponsors: Timeless Aesthetics, FrontRunIt, and Sunrize Donuts.  And to Chef Steven, The Prairie Gators, Tom Whitaker and the Omaha Run Club, and all of our volunteers.  Especially Jody Green.  Mama Jode has taken our road race management to a new level and it showed Saturday.  We’re getting ready to do it again this Saturday out at Vala’s, we’re looking at nearly triple the number of participants, that’s a lot of smiles.

Peter vd Westhuizen was the overall winner in 24:47.  Course measured out to 4.72 miles, you do the math and be amazed.  Certainly an all time best pace for that venue.  Notice his heel kick.


Everyone that came out had a great time on a perfect morning for a fun run through the woods.

There was some mad racing going on too!  Matt Schneider (L) was testing out his foot and Cory Logsdon was showing little sympathy.  It made for an exciting last 200 meters between the two.

Brian Wandzilak showing good form over the log.  He’s very strong on downhills and used that speed for a 6th place finish in 27:19.

The Little Gator Gallop off and running!  Giddyup Little Gators!

Z Money Megan Zavorka was flying and so was her ponytail.  She ran away with the Women’s title in 29:36, good for 11th overall in a strong field.

Age group award winners donned these festive Jester’s Caps for their prize.

A two thumbs up morning all the way around.

SWAMP STOMP 8K XC CAJUN FESTIVAL

Full results listed below.  Be sure and check our pink flickr.com button for your free pics, they will start showing up soon.  Big Thanks to Tom Whitaker and the Omaha Running Club for coming out and providing expert timing and results!  More stories and stuff later but I’ve got a football game to watch!

SWAMP STOMP – 8K XC FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2011

CHALCO RECREATION CENTER – OMAHA, NEBRASKA

8K RACE RESULTS

Place Div/Tot Name Ag S City Sta 8k

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1 1/19 PETER VAN DER WESTHUIZEN 26 M OMAHA NE 24:47

2 2/19 KYLE CUSTER 24 M OMAHA NE 25:50

3 3/19 CORY LOGSDON 23 M OMAHA NE 26:29

4 4/19 MATTHEW SCHNEIDER 26 M NORFOLK NE 26:32

5 5/19 ANDREW JACOB 25 M COLUMBUS NE 26:59

6 1/15 BRIAN WANDZILAK 31 M LINCOLN NE 27:19

7 2/15 TIM LANGDON 30 M OMAHA NE 27:39

8 6/19 SHAIN KEPHART 26 M ARLINGTON NE 27:49

9 7/19 JIMMY DOHERTY 24 M PAPILLION NE 28:58

10 8/19 MATT VANEPPS 26 M OMAHA NE 29:10

11 1/19 MEGAN ZAVORKA 25 F TORRINGTON WY 29:36

12 1/15 GARY WASSERMAN 49 M OMAHA NE 29:53

13 2/15 BRAD THOMPSON 42 M PAPILLION NE 30:04

14 3/15 SEAN ELLIOTT 31 M WAHOO NE 30:10

15 9/19 DYLAN WILSON 25 M LINCOLN NE 30:25

16 10/19 JACOB HANNAH 27 M LINCOLN NE 30:27

17 2/19 KAYLEN STOCKTON 25 F BELLEVUE NE 31:03

18 3/15 STEVE STENDER 44 M OMAHA NE 31:10

19 4/15 AARON BOWEN 33 M PAPILLION NE 34:01

20 1/16 SARA GARCIA 30 F OMAHA NE 34:16

21 5/15 AGUSTIN DELGADO JR. 31 M OMAHA NE 34:37

22 4/15 RANDY LEEPER 42 M OMAHA NE 34:38

23 11/19 CAMERON ARCH 28 M PAPILLION NE 34:48

24 1/10 MICHAEL MCCARTY 51 M OMAHA NE 34:56

25 1/1 GRANT MCCARTY 16 M OMAHA NE 35:26

26 5/15 JIM WORKMAN 47 M ONEILL NE 35:39

27 2/10 BILL WEEKS 55 M YUTAN NE 35:53

28 3/10 CARL EDWARDS 52 M COLUMBUS NE 36:11

29 3/19 EMILY LANGDON 28 F OMAHA NE 36:31

30 12/19 THOMAS JONES 26 M OMAHA NE 37:07

31 6/15 RUSTY CONRAD 44 M GIBBON NE 37:16

32 13/19 DEREK WAKEFIELD 28 M OMAHA NE 37:31

33 4/10 BRUCE NEWTON 54 M OMAHA NE 37:39

34 4/19 ASHLEY EHRICH 25 F LINCOLN NE 37:47

35 5/19 MEGHAN SCHNEIDER 23 F NORFOLK NE 37:55

36 5/10 JOE IVEY 57 M BELLEVUE NE 38:19

37 2/16 MOLLY KOEHLER 39 F BELLEVUE NE 38:22

38 6/19 ALYSSA TUEL 20 F OMAHA NE 38:24

39 3/16 KRISTA PALM 36 F MISSOURI VALLEY IA 38:30

40 6/15 ROBERT HARRIS 32 M OMAHA NE 38:46

41 4/16 COLLEEN PRIBYL 36 F PAPILLION NE 38:50

42 1/3 DANIELLE GALVIN 52 F OMAHA NE 38:58

43 5/16 EMILY KENT 31 F PAPILLION NE 39:11

44 14/19 DARRICK BUCHHOLZ 23 M LA VISTA NE 39:18

45 7/15 CHRIS OLSON 44 M OMAHA NE 39:19

46 7/19 KAITLIN NEARY 28 F OMAHA NE 39:58

47 6/10 BRUCE THOMAS 51 M HONEY CREEK IA 40:13

48 6/16 MARIAH TRAHMAN 36 F OMAHA NE 40:17

49 8/19 KATIE HOUSTON 28 F OMAHA NE 40:25

50 9/19 AMY CHERKO 28 F OMAHA NE 41:04

51 10/19 JANNA EVANS 28 F OMAHA NE 41:23

52 1/3 JAKE MERKLEY 13 M OMAHA NE 41:34

53 7/16 LAURIE HALPENNY 38 F OMAHA NE 41:35

54 8/15 RANDY CONRAD 46 M OMAHA NE 41:51

55 7/15 STEVEN GOODMAN 35 M PHOENIX AZ 41:56

56 7/10 ALAN POKORSKI 58 M RALSTON NE 41:59

57 8/16 LINDSAY BAHELS 32 F OMAHA NE 42:00

58 1/2 BEA SIDES 60 F OMAHA NE 42:12

59 9/15 JEFF KUHNS 44 M OMAHA NE 42:22

60 15/19 DAN STALDER 23 M LINCOLN NE 43:21

61 11/19 HEATHER MERKLE 23 F LINCOLN NE 43:30

62 8/15 KAEL BUSING 39 M OMAHA NE 43:32

63 2/3 LYNN EVEN 52 F OMAHA NE 43:43

64 9/15 TIM TWOREK 31 M COLUMBUS NE 44:16

65 10/15 DAVID GRIFFITH 45 M OMAHA NE 44:37

66 8/10 RICK SHEVER 58 M OMAHA NE 44:46

67 9/10 JOHN TULLY 57 M OMAHA NE 44:50

68 9/16 TRACY MACKEY 38 F OMAHA NE 45:07

69 10/16 KATINA CONRAD 38 F OMAHA NE 45:15

70 10/15 MATT CHRISTIANSEN 36 M LAVISTA NE 45:44

71 11/16 CHERYL HRUSKA 37 F OMAHA NE 46:26

72 11/15 NAPOLEON BAIN 43 M PAPILLION NE 46:51

73 1/6 MICHELLE BANDUR 46 F OMAHA NE 47:01

74 2/3 CONNER TOMCAK 11 M OMAHA NE 47:09

75 3/3 GABE HERNANDEZ 11 M OMAHA NE 47:12

76 12/19 NANCY UNGER 29 F OMAHA NE 47:19

77 13/19 BECKY CHAMBERS 25 F OMAHA NE 47:32

78 14/19 BRIANNE DACY 23 F OMAHA NE 47:32

79 12/16 CHRISTINE TOMCAK 39 F OMAHA NE 47:43

80 2/2 MARTHA WILLIAMS 60 F OMAHA NE 47:56

81 2/6 BETH DAWSON 43 F BELLEVUE NE 48:14

82 15/19 JENNIFER SMITH 20 F OMAHA NE 48:20

83 11/15 DOUGLAS WEBB 36 M OMAHA NE 48:38

84 16/19 PATRICK BOCK 29 M OMAHA NE 48:38

85 12/15 NATHAN QUINN 31 M LINCOLN NE 48:57

86 13/16 MELISSA KURZ 34 F OMAHA NE 49:01

87 13/15 ELIAS JONES 33 M OMAHA NE 49:07

88 17/19 KYLE KETCHAM 25 M ELKHORN NE 49:11

89 12/15 JAVIER GARCIA 42 M OMAHA NE 49:32

90 3/3 KATE HOLSTEIN 52 F OMAHA NE 50:18

91 3/6 JEANNE STROMGREN 42 F OMAHA NE 50:48

92 16/19 KATIE FRENZEN 21 F LINCOLN NE 50:52

93 14/15 STACY WINTERS 36 M OMAHA NE 50:53

94 4/6 MECHELLE COON 40 F CARTER LAKE IA 51:01

95 1/1 CECE CRONIN 6 F CARTER LAKE IA 51:02

96 13/15 JOE VOGEL 41 M RALSTON NE 51:07

97 17/19 NICOLE EGGERS 23 F COUNCIL BLUFFS IA 52:13

98 18/19 SHELLY WRIGHT 22 F LINCOLN NE 52:55

99 14/15 THAD SCHRIEVER 48 M OMAHA NE 54:38

100 14/16 CASEY HURNER 31 F OMAHA NE 55:10

101 15/15 ANDREW BROWN 35 M OMAHA NE 55:11

102 15/15 BRUCE ERICKSON 43 M OMAHA NE 56:54

103 10/10 MARK GOODMAN 52 M OMAHA NE 57:14

104 15/16 GINA DICENZO 35 F OMAHA NE 58:05

105 16/16 KELLI CHRISTIANSEN 33 F LAVISTA NE 59:01

106 5/6 KIMBERLY PEARCE 44 F OMAHA NE 1:04:07

107 18/19 ANDREW OAKLAND 25 M LINCOLN NE 1:10:17

108 19/19 SUMMER MAULDIN 29 F LINCOLN NE 1:10:20

109 19/19 SETH MAULDIN 25 M LINCOLN NE 1:10:22

110 6/6 MARGARET ALBANO 49 F OMAHA NE 1:11:30


 

NADINE OF THE NORTH

A nod to my mother-in-law that passed away this morning.  Rough hewn Danish/Viking stock, old fashioned, no nonsense, spent her 90 years insisting on having things her own way.  Her favorite saying was “There’s Blood, then there’s water”, I was, am, and could forever only be water.  For 10 years while I lived in Texas, I wrote her a letter every week, trying to soften the old gal.  I was at least a little successful, when we moved to Omaha she took me under her master gardener’s wing and shared her knowledge and passion and heirlooms with me.  But water I remained.  Glad her suffering is over, not sure I’ll really miss her though, she was that much of a hard ass.  Rest in peace Nadine.

On a lighter note things are full steam ahead for this weekend’s Swamp Stomp.  Race day registration available so hope you can make it out.  The weather looks to be perfect, all that Good Clean Living by your road race management committee!

 

HIGH HEELS

You have our TNB VP to thank for my not posting the picture I wanted today.  I won the costume contest at the 2009 Halloween Party, went as a naughty French Maid, high heels and long red hair in case you need some mental imagery.  I should have won at last year’s party too (I went as Linda) but some cat that had the genetic good fortune of being born as a Tiger Woods lookalike came in wearing a Polo shirt and I was robbed.

Kelly Crawford did his 3 X 1 Mile this morning out at Parque Estado Dos Rios.  One of our favorite training grounds, I’ve got the 1.5 mile loop marked every 1/4 mile.  Pancake flat and fast when the wind isn’t howling.  He turned in 5:40, 5:34, 5:32.  Our USATF Club Cross Country Masters Team is looking strong.  Steve Stender will also being going to Seattle and may very well run the 10K course, barefoot of course. Kraig Vanderbeek and your Run Guru will round out the squad.

Back to the High Heels.  Kelly has one of the most natural high heel kicks you’ll likely see.  That is the first thing I look at with athletes, do they possess that natural stride that allows the heel to nearly graze the butt with every step.  A certain indicator to speed. Linda Barnhart is the perfect example among our women, her form is spot on and effortless.

Some great reports at last night’s Omaha Endurance Group gathering.  Angie Sypal Ross ran a 4:00 pr at the Governor’s Cup 15K,  John Tully payed it forward by serving as her pacer and they nailed it down with the last 5K being the fastest of the race.  Nice. Kathy Palmer has had to run a 1.5 mile time trial every year for the last many for her job (don’t ask me what it is, let’s just say I’m glad she’s got my back).  Last night she turned in her fastest 6 laps ever in a speedy 11:52!  Good luck this weekend to Enita Larsen and Amy Rief as they tackle the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC.  They’ve both been training hard through the summer and will be looking to achieve some heady goals.

As I “hit the shucks” last night I turned on the news, first ABC then NBC when commericals came on.  NBC had a screen shot of our Omaha Endurance Group’s facebook page, and right there was my post of our Wednesday night workout followed by the discussion of break ins at Zorinksy.   FYI, my dad called bedtime “hitting the shucks” for a good reason.  When he was growing up his family actually stuffed mattresses with corn shucks for their bedding. And I think I had it tough growing up.

An event I hope you will all put on your calendar.  A Very Good cause brought to my attention by Jordan Tucker, http://www.active.com/running/omaha-ne/trails-for-trevor-5k-2011
” Recently one of the kids i used to coach in baseball got in a pretty serious car accident out near 156th and harrison, he has gone through some serious proceedures and his family is struggling to pay med bills. They are putting on a run on Nov 12th at Zorinsky, think you could plug it at the events coming up or on your site?”
Hope you can help this young man and his family through this difficult time.

High Heel races are silly and I’m not a fan.