Monthly Archives: January 2013

MY PLEASURE

It is with great anticipation that I look forward to our Team Nebraska Winter/Spring campaign.  Inspiring to see the Good Mates have been working hard and getting fit for the Indoor season.

Matt Pohren has already turned in a nice 8:36 3000 and 14:47 5000.  He’ll tackle the 5000 again at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on February 1st.

One of the most important functions of the Team Nebraska scribe is to report on performances by our mates.  It has always been a joy for me to trumpet their accomplishments, highlighting the differences between us merely mortals and those that were blessed enough to heed my call of  “Citius, Altius, Fortius!”.

It is however a labour of love.  It is incredibly difficult to keep track of our 90+ members on any given weekend.  I’ve always requested that our mates inform me of their competitive schedules and results.  I most often report on those that do get back to me, less frequently on those whose results I must dig for, and rarely ever on those that race infrequently or do so in minor, local events that don’t publish results.  I report on what I can find when I can find it.

Point being that COMPETITION is the key news for this club.  And maybe that is where this column should best transition to.  Strictly a race calendar and results based forum.

I’m still trying to figure out how to best serve our mates and the running community in general with my words.  Making snail’s pace progress on www.rungurusays.com but will be hot soon enough.

My dear sweet Linda is drifting off into la la land as her surgery is now less than 20 minutes away.  Thanks again for keeping her in your hearts,  your outpouring of love has been very much appreciated.  In the meantime I’m taking great care of her and will keep you posted.

10 MILE RACE

“You ready Willie?”  Over the last 30 years my Uncle Carl always greeted me with his challenge over 10 miles.  A true “Oklahoma Ridge Runner”, as all the Lindgren boys were, he likely could have given me a run for my money.  Two years younger than my dad and even more of a fixture in the Lawton, Oklahoma community.  Veteran, and first Lindgren to go to college.  Retired from the Lawton police force, good father and honest man, land baron and keen businessman.  Went to his Reward last week, the second younger brother that my dad has sent off, and that’s sad.  Over 1000 people attended Uncle Carl’s funeral, making his final farewell uplifting for his three children and extended family.  Thanks especially to the Lawton Police Department and the Comanche County Sheriff’s Department for recognizing and celebrating this Great Man.

Linda met with Dr. Katie Grier this morning and surgery is scheduled for tomorrow.  Double malleolus break on the right foot, plates and screws to repair.  GIKK Orthopedic Specialists, the same group that fixed my broken foot 3 years ago.   A big confidence boost that Dr. Grier is training up for the Papillion Half Marathon.  I know she is in the best possible hands.

Linda had an Angel watching over her yesterday morning.  Alysha Busse was driving on 180th, glanced out towards the dojo and saw Linda crawling through the snow towards the road (she had been crawling for nearly half a mile, her fractured and dislocated ankle flopping and dangling, pain and cold keeping her on the periphery of shock).  Alysha made a u-turn, pulled over, went down the trail and helped get her into her truck.  Thank you dear, our friend for life.

Uncle Carl this past Thanksgiving.  I’m so glad I made the trip and got to dream of one final 10 mile race.

 

 

CAUTIONARY TALE

Be ever so careful running out in these winter conditions.  My favorite runner in the whole world broke her foot this morning out at the dojo after slipping on ice.  Broken medial and lateral malleolus bones in her right ankle.  Surgery scheduled for tomorrow morning.  Thanks for keeping our dearest, sweetest Linda in your prayers and meditations.

QUICK START

I recounted last year how Matt Pohren worked hard for several years before he finally broke 15:00 for the 5000.  Muscle memory?  Matt kicked off his indoor season by winning this weekend’s Iowa State Track and Field Open in 14:57.  That is some nice early scooting there Matty P!

Megan (Zarorka) Thomas kicked off her indoor campaign taking the Wildcat Invitational 1 Mile in 5:21.

A nice turnout for Saturday morning’s run.  14 of the mates gathered to get our hills on at the Scenic Sarpy/Douglas route.  Thanks to Linda for hosting us.  Bob Miyake performed perhaps the most diffcult and unique feat of strength and balance I’ve ever witnessed, and that is saying something.  I’ll try and get a video uploaded of this amazing performance.

rungurusays.com still a work in progress, thanks for your patience for my opinions.  As for now, I’ll stick to just the facts and relevant reporting here at Team Nebraska.

Monday bonus read from my old buddy Gerry Lindgren:

” A while back I commented on the indoor 2-mile race 49 years ago. Then I commented on an indoor 2-mile race in Los Angeles that happened two-weeks later. Now it is time to comment on the third of the trilogy that took place 49 years ago tomorrow.
To set the background, I had been invited to race a high school 2-mile race against the state champions of Kansas (Jim Ryan) and California (Ralph Gamez). I was the Washington State XC winner but the time I had posted (8:59) was run on a ‘short’ course. Jim’s time (9:07) and Ralph’s time (9:08) were far better than my adjusted 9:30-something). But I didn’t KNOW the course was short. nor that my time was not a valid 2-mile time. Anyway, in that race I ran 9-minutes flat and won ‘Outstanding Athlete of the Meet’ honors. THEN, I was invited to run in the LATimes Indoor Track Meet two weeks later. There I raced collegiate and open athletes, including Gaston Rolants, the Steeplechase world record holder. In that race I finished second to Rolants and (with Gaston) was named outstanding athlete of the meet. I set a new high school world mark of 8:46 in that one. Now the scene is set for the third race. This was back in The Cow Palace in San Francisco.
Ron Clarke was the world record holder in the men’s 2-mile run indoors. He also held EVERY distance running world mark from 2-miles through 10-miles outdoors. An awesome runner. He was to be the big competition for me.
Coach Walters talked with me about pace again just as he had for the last two races. At the high school race he told me I should try and hit the first mile in 4:30 and I hit exactly 4:30. At the LA meet he said I should hit 4:25 and I hit exactly 4:25. I tried to tell him I was SCARED to death and hitting any time at all was completely out of my control but he thought I had ‘iron pace.’ This time he told me I would have to hit around 4:20 for the first mile. Surprisingly, I hit my first mile in exactly 4:20. bewildered!!!!
Ron Clarke was running directly behind me. Everyone else in the race had dropped off pace so it was just the two of us. He too was a front runner and attempted to pass me several times. But when I saw he was going up high on the curve to pass, I sprinted so he couldn’t get bye easily. Once he bumped me coming back down and the crowd screamed in protest. They liked me.
With about half a mile left to race, I was starting to feel the strain of the fast pace. Ron suddenly sprinted past me and into the lead. I sprinted after him, but he was two steps ahead of me and I could NOT make up an inch. All the way to the finish I sprinted, frustrated at my inability to eat away even a tiny inch. In the end I lost. He got away from me and ran 8:37 to my 8:40 flat. In the last race I was angry at myself because I could have run a better race, but this time I could have done nothing better. He just outran me.
And, of course 8:40 was/is the world high school record and it has lasted for 49-years now. Some of the best distance runners in America have chased that mark when they were in high school. I am happy that I could leave such a difficult mark. It has made other runners better.
Thus the trilogy is complete. In those 5-weeks I changed from a 9:30ish high school 2-miler to an 8:40 2-miler. My time was the second best time of the entire indoor season and I was the number one rated American distance runner. It has been the shock of my running life. In the end, Coach Walters was talking Olympic Games to the sports writers and I could only blush and try to hide. I was just a wimp!”

 

 

NOT QUITE YET

Muffled, stifled, choked, obstructed, suppressed, hindered, delayed, restrained, limited, moderated, constrained, confined.

Never Subdued.

Thanks for the many emails I’ve received encouraging me to keep posting here until www.rungurusays.com  is up and running.  I’m trying to learn web page basics to present my best side, you know its there somewhere.

Had intended to take a complete break from RGS here at Team Nebraska.  But the outpouring of concern and petitions for continuance of my dailyisms turned the tide.  One email in particular that couldn’t imagine Team Nebraska without Run Guru Says, heartwarming stuff.

So I’ll post here until the transition, “biting my teeth” as Linda would say.

Congratulations to Millard West grad Joe Harter on his selection as the Nebraska Gatorade Cross Country runner of the year.

The Team Nebraska group runs will be held Saturday and Sunday mornings from 187th & West Center.  The Village on the Preserve apartment clubhouse at 8:00 a.m.

My old buddy Al may have said it best.

 

 

 

 

 

RUN GURU SAYS

A lot.  I’ve got so much to say.  But as we all know, not everything I say sits well with everyone that decides to read this column.  And now I’m feeling the squeeze and bristling.   I’ve commented on Real running, Real races,  Real heroes, Real clowns and circus freaks, Real cliques and Real cliches,  always giving my unadulterated, uncensored, and unapologetic views.  But the time is nigh upon us that I will no longer grace Team Nebraska’s web page with my style and wit.  Those of you that have followed and enjoyed my writing will still be able to attend my words.

I’ve secured another website for my daily musings.  www.rungurusays.com  Please do bookmark once I announce it is hot.

I will be highlighting my series of races, programs, training groups, information on my Wednesday Night Track Work and Kids Fit Program, details on my personal coaching, and offering the insights into our sport that you have come to love and/or hate.

It will be a liberation of sorts for me.  While I have called things as I’ve seen them it is true that I’ve tread lightly for the last year or so.  Long time readers know just what I’m talking about.  I’ll be able to go back to my unfettered discourse and really start calling things as I see them.

And for those of you wondering what in the h-e-double hockey sticks is going on, well that is a tale for rungurusays.com.   And it will make for some fantastic, lambastic reading.   The Truth revealed.

I haven’t left the building just yet, I’ll be posting here until things are set up.  I’ll give you plenty of heads up.

Will Lindgren, founder Team Nebraska and teamnebraska.com

 

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GIDDYUP SHANNON!

I expected a lot from Shannon Suing at Houston yesterday and she didn’t disappoint.  She’s been hitting up the Killer Coach marathon training program and it has once again worked its magic.

2:58:54!  Nearly perfect splits, sixteenth overall and 1st female in the 35-39 age group.  A monster personal best and she’s just scratched the surface of her potential.  Darned proud of you Shannon!  What a great way to start the year!   Glad there is an exclamation point on my keyboard this morning.

Closer to home a few of us headed to Panama for the Udder Buster Half Marathon & 6 Mile.  Jim Craig has a well deserved reputation as host of some fun, low key, amenity laden runs around Nebraska.  But there was Real Racing going on, and it was Fun.

Stacy Shaw was first  female and 4th overall, Brian Bergt was 5th overall and Linda Kunasek was 2nd female and 6th overall.  I was 6th in the 6 Mile and had as much fun as anyone could have.  Someone behind trying to chase me down, someone ahead faltering and ripe for picking.   Succeeded on both accounts and thus smiling afterwards.

 

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POTPOURRI FRIDAY

I’m fifty five, fit, and fast.  I’m flexible, I can slide, and I can fly!  Been taking good care of this body for a long time so that I can enjoy life to its fullest.  Prost!

Amazing what a good 6 mile run can do for you on an otherwise dreary, foggy, sopping Friday.  Got together with the Geezers, it was good to catch up with the old coots.

Marathon PR.  I wrote earlier this week about my marathon debut at Houston in 1983.  It was Houston 1995 that I ran my pr of 2:46:56.  I would be about the slowest guy on Team Nebraska with that time.  I Dig that.

Linda, Stacy Shaw, & I are headed to Panama for this weekend’s Udder Buster runs.  The ladies in the half marathon, me in the 6 mile.  Getting our hooves on for this one, looking forward to running a Jim Craig trail run.

Spoke with Ivan Marsh yesterday and he is leaning towards defending his Trek up the Tower title on February 23.  He has won the stair climb every year it has been contested, this year being the 7th or 8th I believe.

 

Feliz Viernes from your Geezers!

TWENTY QUESTIONS

And just one unchanging answer.  IN IT TO WIN IT!

I field a lot of questions about Team Nebraska.  What we are, who we are, why we are, where we are, how we are.  IN IT TO WIN IT!

It doesn’t matter what you hear on the streets, there’s a lot of talk that originates from nowhere and leads to nowhere.  You need only remember this:  IN IT TO WIN IT!

I will continue to drill this into our Team Nebraska mates.  Its the first and last thing I tell them about the club during  interviews.  Those agreeing with that mindset make it on to the club.  IN IT TO WIN IT!

This will never change as long as I’m the Executive Director and Head Coach for the club.

A nice excerpt from a book I just completed.  While it references basketball the message is just as clear for runners.

“One.  The Head.  Strategy.  Most boys come to a basketball coach from alley games and have no conception of the, of the elegance of the game played on a court with two baskets….    Second- let me finish, Harry, and then you can talk- second the body.  Work the boys into condition.  Make their legs hard.”  He clenches his fist on the slick table.  “Hard.  Run, run, run.  Run every minute their feet are on the floor.  You can’t run enough, Thirdly”- he puts the index finger and thumb of one hand to the corners of his mouth and flicks away the moisture- “the heart.  And here the good coach, which I, young lady, certainly tried to be and some say was, has his most solemn opportunity.  Give the boys the will to achieve.  I’ve always liked that better than the will to win, for there can be achievement even in defeat.  Make them feel the- yes, I think the word is good- the sacredness of achievement, in the form of giving our best.”  He dares a pause now, and wins through it, glancing at each of them in turn to freeze their tongues.  “A boy who has had his heart enlarged by an inspiring coach,” he concludes, “can never become, in the deepest sense, a failure in the greater game of life.”       from “Rabbit Run” by John Updike, 1960

 

 

NI-BTHASKA-KE TRAIL RUNS

Mark your calendars, Saturday April 6th will find the 7th annual Ni-Bthaska-Ke 12K & 4 Mile Trail Runs.  Also our as-yet-to-be-named kids runs of 400 meters and 800 meters.    Billed as the “Toughest Trail Run in the Midwest” and for good reason.  The most challenging morning of your spring to be sure.  I’m amazed at the numbers we get for this race, are all trail runners borderline masochists?

And while it is indeed a daunting challenge the badge of accomplishment is a huge draw.  The run was conjured up in 2006 by trail running legend Ivan Marsh and has grown from ~70 the first year to 500+ the last couple of years.  Upstream Brewing Company, Subway, and Cabela’s return for the event, what a great trio of sponsors.

So the first weekend in April has become a favorite tradition for me and mine.  A rented cabin amid the peace and quiet of Platte River State Park, briefly separated from the hustle and bustle of traffic, television, and daily responsibilities.  A real treasure just 30 minutes from home.  The cabins do fill up rather quickly so be sure and call the park to reserve yours today!
Platte River State Park
14421 346th Street, Louisville, Nebraska 68037
Phone: (402) 234-2217

We’ll have online registration up within the next week.   We are also reprising our digital brochure, if you haven’t seen the great work by Bob Harris and FrontRunIt you are in for a treat.

The elevation changes for the 12K show why finishing this race bestows bragging rights among participants.

Come on out and get your Climb On!

Last year’s “Tough Little Mudders” got a full dose of trail running.  Its good for them and its fun too!