Monthly Archives: January 2013


Not the one I occasionally share with some of my old buddies.  The one that says 5 on the thermometer, without factoring in the wind chill.  Good day for a brief jaunt on the treadmill and sit inside with a warm bowl of soup.  Been making all my own soup stock lately, the depth and character being worth the additional effort.

Got Linda signed up at Metro for her Spring class.  How exciting for her to be taking full responsibility, overcoming challenges, proving otherwise.  You can’t keep a good girl down!

Some more Lincoln “License Plates”:
EVRY26.2- Ron Olsen (Has run every Lincoln Marathon)
9TMWNR- Roxi Erickson (Nine Time Winner)
FSTSTMSTRSF- Stacy Shaw (Fastest Masters Female)
AMHRSTFLSH- Brian Bergt (Amherst Flash)
CRDTRK- oLD  BudDy DaVE (Like a chicken watching one!)
FSTRPSTR- Josh Sawyer (The nicest, fastest Pastor in Omaha)
PETDOC- Enita Larsen (She’s a vet, get it?)
BFCK- Jason Zakaras (Beef Cake)
MSTRPCR- Gary Wasserman (Master Pacer)
LGCLVS- Jody Green (Large Calves)
CSTMGRL- Abby Knight (Costume Girl)


Slowly tinkering with the amazing power of web hosting.  Learning some of the most basic strokes. What I’m finding out is that it isn’t bells or whistles or sheer volume that makes a good website.  I’m setting up shop with Lean and Clean being my mantra.  Keep the content sharply pointed, every effort made to never misspell a word.

I did try to add a background photo, one of Linda & I in front of a waterfall near Grand Marais, MN.  It came out much differently than I anticipated but I like the look.  Subtly letting you know that I’m keeping a keen eye on your shenanigans and am now free to enjoy to the fullest.

Over on Team Nebraska I wrote today about lampooning some locals with suggested bib names for the Lincoln Marathon.  So in the spirit of I can write whatever the hell I want to, hear goes….

OCTOTOM- Tom Whitaker for his 8 hour marathon.

TWELVEINCHES- Linda Kunasek because she’s running on one foot.

UPSGUY- Ron Lampe because he works there.

GEEZER- John Tully, Founding Member of Friday mornings

BLISTERS- Steve Stender because he will run the half barefoot

LDRCHAIR- Matt Pohren because he is

4HOURS- Adama Anderson because that’s his goal

SUB227- Cory Logsdon because that’s his goal

PISTOL- Bob Miyake because he can do them with either leg

REALGOAT- Ivan Marsh because he is


My aim is true.






Digging the fact that the Lincoln Marathon is allowing you to select the name that appears on your race bib.  Mine?  Run Guru of course.

Should be interesting to see what other personalized bibs appear.  I’ve got a few suggestions for some of the locals.  In order to maintain separation of church and state,  those and other entertaining musings will be highlighted at http:/  Be sure to take advantage of the “Reply or Leave a Comment” button, your input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks to our Good Mate Gary Wasserman for sharing one of his favorite quotes.  Look for more stories and tales and words from our mates in future RGS columns, should help ease the transition.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Roosevelt




Without a playbook.

Life is dynamic and thank goodness for that.  It is how you handle those changes that really define you.  I’ve always been one to look for silver linings, preferring optimism over gloom and doom.

We are all blessed with challenges and obstacles in our lives.  Imagine how boring it would be to have nothing but smooth sailing, yawn.

That’s one of the reasons I like Omaha.  Its a desirable place to put in but there are some pretty stormy seas to negotiate to keep things interesting.

Or put another way, its like walking through a well tended lawn that has been liberally sprinkled with dog turds.  You’ve got to keep your eyes open or you’ll be smelling like doo doo in no time.

So I’ll continue my dance among the turdulence, landing lightly as I may, making each unchoreographed and exhilarating stride part of my chapter in Nebraska running lore.



Cranked out a foggy set of 1K repeats at the dojo yesterday.

Be sure and get registered for the Ni-Bthaska-Ke Trail Runs, entry fees go up this Friday!




Just for kicks, you can add your own column title today; fun whistle!!!

Some of our mates will be far afield this coming weekend:

Kyle Clouston will be traveling back to my neck of the woods this weekend for the Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler.  This race in Huntsville, Texas has the reputation as one of the most competitive (last year’s winner averaged 7:40 pace, yikes!) and well managed 100 milers in the country.  Kyle has been training diligently, has addressed his race plan, and is ready to go.  I gave him the final bit of preparation on Saturday by showing him how to run 10:00 pace.  Doing my little part…

Peter Falcon will head to St. Louis for the USA Club Cross Country National Championships.  Good to get Peter’s wheels back on terra firma.

Stacy Shaw is returning to the National Championship Masters 1/2 Marathon at Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend in Melbourne, FL.


Peter will take on America’s best cross country racers!



Kyle will have a full day ahead of him.

Stacy has tackled the USA Half Marathon Masters National Champs before, a nice departure from the Nebraska winter.




You’ve heard it before you’ll hear it again.  Strong opinions.  Here’s a couple:



Great quote by Robin Williams. Only through my emancipation and willingness to be self sufficient did I find happiness.  The fact that I’ve found Real Love along the way makes life ever so sweet.



Children are the circle and the wonder of life.  As a former stay at home parent I invested my being into three wonderful kids.  Did the best I could, you can’t ask for more than that.  I’m not, nor ever was for that matter, able to lavish them with gifts or money or other trappings of West Omaha.  I gave them my time, my love, my tears, my hopes and dreams for them.

Divorce changes everything and everybody.  For me it was a resignation and realization that ultimately I could be happier alone and poor than miserable and kept.  I’m blessed that my daughters have supported my life change.  Their love is unquestioned and never ending.

Change isn’t always so kind.




On Friday I covered the first and second degrees of Real Racing.  Course Certification and Self Reliance.  Knowing the exact distance and having the confidence in your own training (regardless of paradigm).  In most parts of the country Course Certification is not an issue and we are catching up here in Nebraska.  Self Reliance is more difficult to come by, gained only by consistently cultivating volition and effort.  Important to note that Self Reliance deals primarily with training discipline.

The Third Degree of Real is the hardest of all to possess.  Or the easiest.  Depends totally on the individual.  The Mind is the Athlete then completes the troika of Real Racing.  For historical reference, AndyPalmer (2:16 marathoner, Phd. Sports Pshychology) espoused this mantra, I adopted it after his untimely passing now a decade ago.

That has been my call  to Team Nebraska and to the running community in general.

Being a stark realist I began cataloging runners by how the words were received:  Mentally Strong or Mentally Weak.  It was as plain as the nose on my face and didn’t win me any popularity contests.

Mentally Strong = Honesty, Courage, Determination.  Accepting your result with the knowledge that you have given your Absolute Best.  Concerned only with the victory of self mastery existing between the gun and tape.

Mentally Weak = Fearful, Doubtful, Alibi at the ready.  Afraid to Race.  Having a bag full of tired excuses to explain away a less than desirable performance.  Blaming someone else being the worst infraction.

I’ve seen both sides.  And my position will always be:  NO!  We’re NOT All Winners!  I don’t measure or count pure talent in this equation.  I’ve seen the first across the line turn out to be the mentally weakest in the field, and that has been one of my biggest disappointments.  It matters not where you finish in the results, you are only a winner when you can take the heat of competition, both from without and within.

We had a great turnout of mates on Saturday.  Twenty three of us gathered for some monster hills south and west of Gretna, thanks to Kelly Crawford for hosting.

The most talented runners in Nebraska gathered in Gretna last weekend to get our group training on.  Rasmussen, Thor, Pohren, Stack, Logsdon, Bohlken, Mollak, Clouston, Cerda, Thomas X 2, Como, Shultz, Shaw, Schneider, Cassar, Higgins, Shain and Barb and Bill and Linda and Will and Kelly, whew!  The Mind is the Athlete!

Online registration for the 8th annual Ni-Bthaska-Ke 12K & 4 Mile Trail Runs is up and running at

Be sure and check  I’ve got some words up without window dressing.




Free speech.  Free thought.  Free exchange of ideas.

To write.  To incite.  To delight.

My dear sweet Linda.  My children.  My dad.

Running.  Racing.  Stirring the pot.  Shaking the tree.  Pointing my finger.

Describing what is Real and what is most decidedly Not.  Giving you another perspective.

Expanding your horizons.  And mine.

Cooking.  Gardening.  Good food.  Good beer.  Good wine.  Good tequila.

Friends.  Old and New.


These are the things that make up Will Lindgren, your Run Guru.  Most of you have been following my musings for some time and get me, even if you don’t always agree.

Or you don’t get me but still choose to waste your time on something you’ll never understand.  You know who you are.  I’ll have plenty of liberty to say more about you moving forward……

And I’ll recount my world travels, Tell tales of world class athletes.

Stick pins into deserving egos.   Parody, lampoon, mock, taunt, jab, job and jive my way through things as I see them.  Oh what Fun we’ll have.

But for now, Welcome!  Bienvenidos!  Welkommen!  Ahlan wa sahlan! Bienvenue!  Aloha!

Thanks for bookmarking this page and checking in at your own leisure/pleasure.  You’ll find more of my inspirational if unapologetic prose appearing daily.



Doing things my own way since 1957.  Seen here circa 2002 contemplating the state of affairs in my meditation lodge.


From the  Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, the top 5 men ran under 2 hours and 5 minutes.

1. Desisa Benti, Lelisa (ETH)                        2:04:05
2. Shifarew Tolcha, Berhanu (ETH)          2:04:48
3. Tola Woldegeberel, Tadese (ETH)       2:04:49
4. Negesse Shumi, Endeshaw (ETH)        2:04:52
5.  Kiprop Koech, Bernard (KEN)            2:04:53

All reports indicate that the course was IAAF Certified so it counts.  Can you imagine training for and running an uncertified marathon?   So once again in my book, Certification is the First Degree of Real.  And without that first degree to legitimize your training and racing, regardless of distance, well….   Excepting of course trail marathons because by definition they don’t utilize acceptable (for record keeping purposes) course measurement protocol.

It has been great having a regular training partner over the last 8 years.  Linda has gotten me out the door many a day that I might have otherwise bagged a workout.  And motivated me to give it my best once started.  It breaks my heart that someone that cares so much about and does so much for our sport is sidelined now, maybe even for the next several months.  She won’t be twiddling idle thumbs however, keeping busy with her administrative duties on the national level.

Loneliness of the  Long Distance Runner.  It will be an easy switch for me to run alone.  Until meeting Linda I had always preferred to go solo.  While I founded Team Nebraska on a group training philosophy there is no disputing the effectiveness of getting out and getting it on with your own bad self.  It is the little voice in your head after all that must be challenged, reconciled, and triumphed over in order to be a champion.  All those solitary miles building strength and character.  Self reliance being the Second Degree of Real.  That is one of the fundamentals of running after all.

The Gate River Run in Jacksonville, FL has hosted our USA 15K National Championships for many years.  A bunch of years ago they pioneered the “Equalizer Bonus” where the women are set off with a 6:00 head start, the men give chase, first across the line gets a nice bonus of several thousand dollars.  This year they have added a team challenge for spectacular spouses called the “Till Death Do Us Part” Challenge.  Combined times will be used to determine the fastest couple in America, and a little extra cabbage for the winners too.  Wish we had something like that here in Nebraska, oh wait we do, Two Rivers Twosome 10K Couples Run.

Who will become Nebraska’s fastest couple?   We’ll find out on Saturday, February 9th.   Its a USATF Certifed Course so its Real and it Counts!  We are also of course scoring individuals as well.  I’m encouraging all of our mates and everyone else that wants a flat, fast, legitimate 10K test of fitness to come out and giddyup!  If you know of any other USATF Certified 10Ks, 5 Miles, or 5Ks  please let me know and I’ll happily promote those here! just days away………