Monthly Archives: May 2017


Just couldn’t resist.  Heath Mello, better luck in your next mayoral effort.

Rushed out to the rain gauge this morning, full half inch indicated.  Thank you Good Mother.  But I did lose a little sleep last night, pondering the heaviest drops impact on our newly set tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.  You plant them deep for extra stability and hope for the best.

All before noon.  Monday morning we planted 112 peppers, multiple varieties.  90 tomatoes, 45 eggplant, 24 hills of cucumbers.  Yesterday I potted 80 parsley plants, same number of “Toothache” plant, and twice that of Genovese basil.  Moldavian Dragonhead Balm, say what?

Linda and I have built the reputation of Bar None Produce on our Best Organic Practices, that’s the Good Work. The fun part is offering unique items that shoppers won’t find at any other stand or store.  I get to educate and sell to a more sophisticated clientele at Village Pointe Farmer’s Market, Saturday morning’s from 8:30-12:30.  I refuse to grow kohlrabi, green beans, or sweet corn.  Offering instead Beira Tronchuda, Nero de Toscano, Dwarf Siberian, Red Ruffled and Dazzling Blue–all varieties of kale.  Glory of Enkhuizen cabbage.  Yaya carrots and Vermont Cranberry beans.  Our pasture raised hens, $6/dozen for their eggs, fairly flying off the table.  We are creating our own niche, you get the idea.

The same approach I bring to Excellence In Athletics applies to our garden.  I’m striving to become the best market gardener, Bar None.


Red,  White, & Blue.





As promised.

This past weekend’s Lincoln Marathon was so much more to me than a foot race.  I moved about race morning  with an ease that had been missing for the last 5 years.  Editions where I felt uncomfortable being around the very people I consider my own.  Sunday was different altogether.

Maybe it was the gathering of all previous champions.  An air of excellence fairly permeated this first weekend in May.  A cushion, nay, magic carpet, allowing me to move freely among those athletes.  No longer tentative about approaching every mate, regardless of kit or position.  Shaking hands, sharing smiles and stories.  Creek bed devoid of turbulence.

Picture perfect.  I spent more time mugging for lenses and much less time as vocal lightning rod, clearly my hardest work is done.

Rushed from the Bar None to meet my old buddy Dave, the one I worked with on the ’04 &’08 Women’s Olympic Trials Marathon. Introduced him to the Good Mates.  I hope that is a lifetime memory for them.

Hopped in the annual NDORFNZ pre race photo, thanks Gary for being a friend.  Answered the start line photo call with the team and accepted Nancy’s invitation to assume a familiar position.  As the lenses whirled I whispered to her it was “just like old times”.

Levi Ashley and Tom Nichols, both ran for me in their heyday.  Such a pleasure to catch up with these fine young men.  The last time I had seen Levi was at his wedding.

Eric Rasmussen, one of  the fiercest competitors I’ve ever had the pleasure of.

Christy Nielsen, I got to tell her  “I’m different now” and she knew what I was offering.

Kaci Lickteig, has another Olympic Trials qualifying (<2:43) performance in those legs, I just know it.

Michelle Paxton, the chance to thank her for the shared journey that began 14 years ago.

Cameron Cummings, professing a lack of fitness (but an appreciation for the weekend), still running a 2:51.  He’s coming out to supper tonight before heading back to Wisconsin.

Ron Olsen, finally after 40 editions of the race, winning his  age group.  Likely with a broken rib.

Kelly Crawford, able admin and second in the 50-54 to that stud  Joe Metcalf.  I made a special point to offer an olive branch with the handshake.

Brian Bergt, The Amherst Flash.

Robert Borer.  I had sketched out a 4 week training program on a napkin, he carried it to a phenomenal race.

Manny Falcon, he knows from whence I come.

Logan Watley, his own vision now part of mine.

Mike Reilly and Agustin Delgado.  Lifetime mates no matter the kit.

But most of  all, Nancy Sutton Moss.  Her unflagging support of USATF, our clubs, our members, the vision.  Of me.


Discussing the intricacies of our sport with my my old buddy Dave during his cool down back to the Cornhusker.




A lot of stories from yesterday.  It is yours that matters most today.

Starting near the top with Grant Wintheiser, 4th overall in 1:07:09.  Perfectly executed race plan, 5:10s for the first 8 miles, dropping below 5s for the final 5, last 5K in………….15:01.  First Nebraskan.   Garry Bjorklund Half in Duluth next month, sub 1:05.  Al Sanabria in 1:07:57, the matchup and result I was hoping for.  Johnny Rutford (LRC Racing) gets a legitimate personal  best in 1:08:14.  Peter Falcon (Team Nebraska) with a 2:00 pr in 1:09:00.  And Grant’s NRGE mate Jay Welp rounding out the top 10 in 1:10:51.  NRGE the only Nebraska club to place two fellas in the top 10.

Great racing all around.  Our Nicole Norris didn’t crack the top 10 with her 1:29:24 but I’d suggest her 4:00 personal best might have been the biggest leap of the day.  And how about those fast ladies!  19 women under 1:30.

Kaci Lickteig did the unthinkable in the full winning and running faster this year than her win last.  A Nebraska Winner, Chicken Dinner!  Michael  Rathje (6th, 2:37:03) getting the Nebraska bragging rights, ex-pats Eric Noel (4th, 2:29:34) and Tanner Fruit (5th, 2:33:43) showing just how hot and windy it was.  2011 champ Cameron Cummings back for the Champions Dinner our first mate across in 2:5, Jeremy Morris also under 3 hours in 2:58.

NRGE was also racing this side of the Platte.  Brandon Wissing (16:03) took the Invest In Yourself 5K title, hopefully shaking hands with Warren came with a tip.  Tristan Nelson joining Brandon repping NRGE on the front page of this morning’s World Herald.

You, the athletes.  This was your weekend and Linda and I were proud to be just a tiny part of your accomplishments!  So much more tomorrow!





Almost went with “14 HOURS STRAIGHT”.  Up and at em yesterday morning.  Flock now numbering 55 birds.  Two cats.  Jedediah.  350 tomatoe plants started in pots, same number of peppers, half that of eggplant, and more.  All need tended daily.

We picked and washed for market last night, Olde Town Elkhorn is as bohemian as the Old Market.  We have our foot in that door and I’m happy about that.  Here’s a secret:  A new microbrewery going in this fall.  A bunch of like minded merchants that see Potential in the small town charm.

Maximo’s Mexican restaurant is muy autentico!  Boyd & Charlie’s BBQ.  Bella Vita Italian.  And we tried out Shevy’s Sports Bar & Grill for the first, but not last, time last night.  “Mom” had bought some produce from us and invited us down for dinner after.  Glad we went.

A trio from Omaha I still want to run with.  One of them relaxing with a cocktail when we walked in.  I nearly walked past before Tom Lewis corraled me.  He is one.  Dave Sutej, you are another.  And Gary Dougherty makes three.

These three fellas were privy to a chapter of my life that I still have yet to fully explain, other than owning up to my end.  That is what I want, why I want.  To thank them together.  To reflect on the hows and whys of the birth of competitive long distance running in Nebraska.


Hirsch.  Greder.  Somers. McGinn. Jennings.  Williams.  Larsen.  Lindgren.

No question that this track and field season, high school style, is peaking at just the right time.  Incredible performances highlighted by some of the fastest times in Nebraska history.   Districts and State will feature some truly epic battles.

My dark horse to medal at State will be Sam Lindgren, tossing the stone for Wahoo.

Let’s all sit back and watch what these kids do head to head, where and when it matters most.  What’s at stake?  Pride.  Bragging rights.  The history books.

Sound familiar?



1 + 1 = 2

It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

With the Lincoln Marathon and Half Marathon this weekend there are any number of anxieties conjured.  The best advice I can give you is to Keep It Simple.  All the details you think are important may just be costing you nervous energy.

What color socks?  Give me a break.  Which music for my headphones.  You better not run for me and show up looking that way.  When should I make my move?  At the start.  How should I pace myself?  As you trained up silly.  Should I wear a fanny pack?  I won’t even go there.

I lauded LRC and TN earlier this week, sure that the blue & yellow and red & white will have a large presence.  NRGE, Inc. President, Linda Kunasek insisting today I  reveal our full roster, here goes:
Lincoln Half
Amber Sargent
Stacy Shaw
Nicole Norris
David Frost
Drew Prescott
Jay Welp
Grant Wintheiser

Lincoln Full
Ashley Schurman
Matt Olberding
Bryan Sypal
Agustin Delgado
Jeff Gregg
Jeremy Morris
Cameron Cummings
Jerrod Anzalone

Cat is out of the bag now.  I do believe our numbers in the full will  rival our rivals.  And our finishes in the half will set the standard for USATF Clubs in Nebraska.  I’m equally as proud, if not as “voiceterous” of every member of the club that will carry our singlet to the start and finish lines.

You train your ass off for 4 months, show up, run your race.

1 + 1 = 2.





It was like losing a friend.  I bought the  1997 Expedition brand new.  Changed the oil every 3000 miles.  Averaged less than 9K miles/year.  Never wrecked, well kept.  Instantly recognizable with RUN GURU license plates, those now officially retired.

I sold it to a fella from Council Bluffs yesterday, for barely more than a song.  Bought it for his daughter, I got the feeling she was thrilled.

Think about that for a moment, how that might inform some of the letters I combine.  Twenty years driving the same vehicle.  Speaks to loyalty.  Speaks to TLC.  Appreciating the intrinsic value of something.  Tried to pass it along to one of my own, seemed like a natural transition.  That appreciation didn’t fruit out with her.  So with a sad heart I listed it yesterday and immediately had 15-20 people clamoring.  Gone within a couple hours.




Or, timing is everything.  Or, Good Clean Living.

The USA Half Marathon National Championships were yesterday in Columbus, OH.  There were some fast times and great competition.  Let’s get a Nebraskan in the  champs next year!  Those that were half fast got in under the wire, an estimated 4-5K people were pulled off the course due to torrential rains.

Those same rains inundated our swath of the country.  Mostly non stop sheets yesterday.  Thank goodness the Good Mother’s Graces brought them yesterday instead of in a mere six days.   The Lincoln Marathon and Half Marathon look to be Perfect weather wise.

I heard a jaw dropping fact this weekend, still haven’t been able to wrap my head around it.  Participation in “Obstacle Races” now surpasses the combined total of marathon and half marathons in the United States. Our sport of running, corrupted, bastardized, co-opted into an unrecognizable mass of untrained, non racing, kind of running but not really, first timers mostly, all about the something I can’t figure.

But not all obstacle racers are non runners.  Some runners turn into obstacle racers.  I’m coaching one right now for the Lincoln Half.  Robert Borer may well surprise everyone except himself and me.

Odds are.  Who you picking for the “W”s this coming weekend?  I haven’t seen the invited elite field but I figure LRC Racing and Team Nebraska will be omnipresent on the start line.

I’d be devious, coy, disrespectful, and remiss not to mention those two cats that tore up State Farm on the crappiest day in memory.


Drew and Grant are looking forward to Sunday!
20170304_083507Jay Welp too!