Monthly Archives: October 2016


Its a business.  Its a blog.  Its a business.  Free to speak my mind, same as it ever was, same as it ever will be.  Talking about running, talking about racing, talking about farm fresh, free range, best organic practices.

I’ve swabbed the deck up top.  2017 Winter Fitness Series, 2017 Valentine’s Day Run, 2017 Ni-Bthaske-Ke Trail Run.

“Run Guru Says” brought to you by Nebraska Run Guru Events, LLC.  And Bar None Produce.

Unfettered and Unbeholdin.   Freedom of Speech!

I told Linda we would never be rich in money, honey.  Our wealth a self sustaining lifestyle.  For three plus years now, nose to the Bar None grindstone.  Converting a foreclosed property into a little slice of  paradise.   Hand holding, at our age for goodness sake, all the while.   Smiles and hungry eyes daily dividends.  Assets in love, bountiful and fulfilling.

Being our own bosses.  Calling our own shots.

But a man does need more than a great woman, a good dog, a good library, and a good wood burning fireplace.

The satisfaction of  Being Your Own Man.

By the Gods I have been able to remain outside the traditionally, gainfully, perpetually, *miserably employed.  Those same Graces bestowing me Captain, allowed to chart My Own waters,  decide My Own crew.  *If you’re that lucky one  that loves what you do, congratulations and welcome to the club!

Linda is the only one that fully understands this about me.  Coach Tully, El Jefe, and Jimmie Doherty come darn close.  The umbrage I take when told what to do, what to say, by another, any other, get it brother?

If you like what you see and read, as always, Welcome Aboard!  If you don’t, I’m wishing you godspeed and good luck in your own seas!

Its a Business.  Its a Blog.  Its a Business.  Mine.






Mounted upon my perch I see

Nebraska running far below me

Preached my sermon a thousand days

Stimulated running in countless ways

Words without passion idly lay

This blog afire every day

A twenty five thousand foot view

Do you think I could single out you?

Among all this running and writing

This Nebraska ship I’ve labored toward righting

Elitist!  Elitist!  I’m hearing the cries

Its true!  Its true! I no longer deny

Someone has to don’t you see

That’s why you turn to me

Please don’t take it personally

Is this conceit you might say?

Depends on you and your day

The fastest to start, only the best

Still needing two final tests

How far does your potential reach?

And how do you feel about free speech?









Well played indeed!  I’ve got Real Racing to report on but first of all I’m giving a big tip of  the hat to  you, you know who you are.  I’m really impressed this time, the way that rug was so slickly pulled out  from under me.  Able to keep it on the QT until it was too late for me to do anything about it.

You got me the very first M2M.  I was away in Rio with the USA World Championships Half Marathon  team.  When looking at the  results from the  Southern Hemisphere I was shocked and upset to see my mates representing another club.

You got me again around 2010,  convincing my top woman that it would be okay to  run in another kit for Nebraska’s favorite novelty race.

But Saturday trumped it all.  Completely blindsided and hurt to the bone, your finest chicanery to date.  Enjoy your coffee this morning.

I, principled, maintain my position.  No exceptions.

Now to the Real Racing.   What happened to all the great Nebraska marathoners?   In last week’s column “THE CRUCIBLE” I called on Nebraskans to test themselves against the very best at Twin Cities and Chicago Marathons.  NRGE’s Bree Adams made good in her 2nd marathon in 3:19 at Chicago.  No other Nebraskans.  A couple of masters females at Twin Cities.  That’s all folks.  Seriously.

Jeff Gregg earned a belt buckle from one of the toughest 100 milers in America, The  Grindstone 100.

So the only mano a mano, In It To Win It, was left to the streets of Omaha.   Based on the television and newspaper coverage I’m renaming it “March for the Cure”.  Not a single shot of the leaders, not a single result in the newspaper.  Even the official results are messed up, listing  15 year old Brittany Bradfield as 2nd overall in 15:25.  Sure looked like Luka Thor in that Team Nebraska singlet.  Again, how in the world do you use our sport, call your event a “Race” and not give a single pica or pixel to the front of the pack?

Passing of the torch.  My buddy and Team Nebraska’s best, Luka Thor, finally got to line up against NRGE’s best.  Grant’s 14:38 on a USATF Certified course the fastest such 5K in my 15 years here in Nebraska, maybe ever.  If you know of anyone that has run faster on a certified course, at any time in Nebraska, I’d appreciate the correction.  Luka was next in 15:25, Joe Coil of LRC Racing third in 16:03 and NRGE’s Drew Prescott 4th, matching my lifetime personal best in 16:19.


Nothing but cones behind Grant, Linda lustily cheering her mate to victory.


Darn proud of these fine young men,  unwavering allegiance.




I left a little of myself out on HWY 31 this morning.  Linda and I and Coach Tully and Stacy Shaw (and Angie Ross and Caleb) joined Pete for a couple miles north of Elkhorn.  Maybe the last 2 miles I ever run.  Or maybe the start of an incredible come back.

Unbridled optimism, heart of a champion, mentally tough, In It To Win It.   Not me so much anymore.  Pete embodies all of that.

That is why he runs for NRGE, Inc.  The guy that wasn’t good enough for others.

How sweet it is.



Back in the 80s and early 90s I worked as a lab technician for several (many!) petrochemical companies on the Houston Ship Channel.  I was part of the first popularization of the term “You’re Fired!” having held 9 different lab jobs in 11 years.  Problems with authority it seems.

One of the tests required putting a small sample of substance into a platinum crucible.  Inserting the crucible into an oven hotter than hades itself.  Tongs removing after a few minutes, remnant reweighed,  calculations ensue.

Platinum, most precious of metals.  It cools faster than any other metal.  From 2500 degrees F to room temperature in less than thirty seconds.  The cup unfazed and unfouled by the brimstone digs.

Point of today’s  column, finally and whew!

The Chicago and Twin Cities Marathons are both this weekend.  Bree Adams will be repping NRGE in Chicago.  I’m sure hopeful a dozen and more of you are also planning on racing where it really matters.  At least for those of you that consider yourselves marathoners.  These two races are your crucible.  Your chance to step into the heat.  What is left when finished will define you as a runner.



Can you handle the heat?





Pete has crossed the halfway point in record time.  Appropriate it would be right here in Nebraska.

Any local with even a mild interest in running has undoubtedly picked up on his trek across America.

Many  have made Pete their own.  Those that couldn’t have picked him out of a lineup two months  ago are now among his biggest supporters.

Good for Pete.   Nebraska Run Guru Elite, Inc. could not be prouder that he sports our kit.  Everybody claims  a piece of Pete, he claims a piece of us, and  that tickles the dickens right out of me.


Twenty plus years on the Gulf Coast gave me ample opportunity to  deal  with cones of uncertainty.  Approximations of extrapolations regarding landfall or other impacts.  You never know when it comes to Mother Nature.

Today I’m dealing in what is known.

The Omaha Running Club hosted the Midwest Region RRCA Half Marathon Champs as part of the Heartland Marathon weekend.  Comprising a multi state reach, bolstered by icon Frank Shorter.  Your champions are 37 year old Ann Hubl of Hebron in 1:35:43 and Jeremiah Doyle, 35 of Lincoln in 1:20:04.  Congratulations to the fastest RRCA cats in the Midwest!

Nebraska Run Guru Elite, Inc.  As Executive Director I’m all ears with our board of directors (Stacy Shaw, Linda Kunasek, Pete Kostelnick, Kyle Clouston, and Jerrod Anzalone).  While I’m passionate about being In It To Win It, as a club we have a civic responsibility to do more for the sport.  Agreed.

NRGE Medical Director Bill Weeks is a fine example and representative towards that end.  On “loan” to the  Omaha Running Club at yesterday’s Heartland Marathon (87 finishers), Half Marathon (253 finishers) and 10K (107 finishers).  He and Danielle Jones serving in that capacity for the second year in a row.  Guled Jama (3:01:33) and Shannon Suing (3:15:26) the speediest at the 26.2.

I’ve also promised our LDR Chair that I will be happy to donate timing services for our USATF Fall Cross Country Champs on Nov. 13th.

Happy Happy Joy Joy.

Linda’s nephew is a sophomore at Burke.  A stud that has great speed and strength.  He recently  taught himself to do a round off back flip.  What I’m digging is  his skill on the gridiron.  Hear this!  Five touchdowns of 40 yards or more! This weekend’s 70 yarder the longest of the  bunch.

Grant Wintheiser wins this  weekend’s Race for the Cure.  And had we the chance I  could have fielded a 1st or  2nd O/A at M2M.  Cone of Certainty.