Monthly Archives: October 2017


Yesterday’s District XC meet at Papillion LaVista South showed some fine performances.  Linda and I saw some Real Racing as the thinclads earned their way into the state meet.  Props to all the athletes and teams that advanced.

My heart was broken to see Sam Runde standing on the sideline cheering.  He was my pre season pick to win this race.  The first time I’ve experienced this type of disappointment.  Me left wistfully wondering… if only…..  Congratulations to that other freshman I like, Zach Jones of PLVS, finished 14th to advance.

Who are “My Boys”  and why do I have the hubris to call them mine?  A group of fellas that answered my call over 10 years ago.   That gave what I asked.  The first group of athletes I recruited for Team Nebraska.

Lots of hugs and handshakes.  Shannon Stenger.  Ryan Salem.  Brian Wandzilak.  Paul Wilson.  Dustin Llewellyn.  All coaching Class A.  My boys.

And Colin Johntston.  And Bill Scarborough.  And Max Kurz.  My peers.  I’ve never felt so comfortable.

“A” game.  Anna Jennings of PLVS in 18:42.  Gabby McGinn of MW in 18:58 leading Coach Johnston’s top 4 under 20 on the hilly course.  Nice.

In District C-2 Jonathan Lindgren of Boone Central/Newman Grove finished 2nd to advance.
In District C-4 Jack Lindgren of  Ogallala finished 2nd to advance.
Those Runnin’ Lindgrens!

Congratulations to our mate Jackie Freeman and her Bloomfield Fighting Bees for advancing to state!

Nicole Norris, slowly putting together a year to remember.  Four minute personal best (1:29:40)at Lincoln Half.  3:13 marathon debut at Grandma’s on her 36th birthday.  She has reported in every single day this year.  That is how serious she is.  That is how serious I am.  She will be running the Des Moines Half this weekend.  Going to be my great pleasure  to report her time on Monday.





We started the 2017 market season in new and bigger digs, Village Pointe.   It’s a good market for the reason of keeping it to farmer’s only (dot com).  No face-painting or prepared foods or crafts, just tables of produce.  We took our slogan  with – “Best Organic Practices”.  Every plant started by organic seed, rain water our primary source, our aquifer the secondary.  Never any sprays or fungicides or pesticides or any sides of any kind.  Our very first Saturday Linda was verbally accosted by a woman demanding “You can’t even say the word organic unless you are Certified Organic or it will be a $10,000 fine.”

Interesting  loophole is Certified Organic farms are allowed to use Certified Organic chemicals.   Many of  which warn that the produce must not be eaten from 3-5 days after application.

My new standard.  If I can’t slurp a tablespoon of it right now it won’t be in my garden.

I immediately amended our slogan.  “Better than Organic”.  And we spent the summer educating the buying public as to why that is a fact.  Our customer base now understands the difference in quality when choosing among available options and they are as fervent and passionate about our paradigm as we.

Some customers tell me “I care not at all”.   Usually the oldest, set in their ways, curmudgeons refusing to get with the times.

It was the other vendors that presented the biggest stink.  How dare Bar None Produce waltz into our game and insist they are doing it better than us.  Yes, the facts support the claim.  But there were several that took such umbrage.  Called to comparisons  they had never expected, all they could do was  bristle and complain.  And stick to their own dated values.

We’ll be back next year with the same message.  We are the Best, Bar None.  And people will get it and people won’t.

Just like our running community.


My old buddy/nemesis has been foisting late night visits again.  Insomnia.  When  the entire world spins in my head.  So many things to consider.  So many angles to ponder.  So  many words.  How do I calm, quiet, and clear a busy mind?

By going outside.  Outside my head.  Outside my house.  And listening to El Buho, el tecolete, The  Owl.  The Wise One.  His message requires my utmost attention, pushing aside all the clutter.  I listen.  Waiting patiently and quietly.  Sleep comes.

Our flock of chickens have never been happier.  Linda and I did a complete reno on the coop Monday.  All that good poop going out to the  garden, fresh hay and new nesting boxes installed.  Happy little cluckers they.  Getting close to my goal of 3 dozen/day from the 55.

I’m still keeping an eye on a couple of the rescue chickens we’ve accepted.  Not yet to adolescence, just on the cusp.  The coop has seen 3 previous birds meet a similar fate.    Our ladies have accepted there is only one, tis I.  You never know whether cock or hen.  Until that first crackling, like an 11 year old with his first hint of peach fuzz.

Knowing the stew pot is the next stop.  And still unable to refrain.

Cock must crow.

True to Nature.



This is a plea to the Scottsbluff Marathon, Grand Island Marathon, Lincoln Marathon, Omaha Marathon, Heartland Marathon and Nebraska Marathon.

Please join forces and agree to provide a $10,000 bonus to the next male and female residing in Nebraska that qualifies for the USA Olympic Trials Marathon with the “A” Standard.  2:15 for the fellas, 2:37 for the ladies.

Incentivize them.  Make it worth the hours and months of training and racing.  THEY WILL STEP UP IF THEY KNOW THE SUPPORT IS THERE.

If they hit those marks they deserve it.  If you don’t agree, you’re probably in the wrong sport.


I moaned last Monday about the lack of representation at the Twin Cities Marathon.  Today I groan with no Nebraskans competing at Chicago.  Two of the premiere marathons in the United States, both easy driving distance, fast courses, loaded with competition.

The USA Olympic Trials qualifying window opened September 1 at TCM and will wind up at the Houston Marathon on January 19, 2020.  Fellas- 2:15 A standard, 2:19 B standard, 1:04:00 Half.

The last male qualifier living in Nebraska?  That fella out in Brady.  The rancher/school administrator.  The young man I coached to the ’04 & ’08 Trials.   James McGown.

A lot of coaches in Nebraska.  A lot of runners in Nebraska.  How has the value and luster of the Olympic Trials Marathon fallen into disfavor?

By having too much fun.  By focusing on the social and funsies and as long as we all hang out that’s good enough.

So hard to understand this.  Not even one among us?  10 Years since a male living in Nebraska has dreamed to the Trials.  With all due respect to Mssrs. Morgan and Fruit, both Nebraska natives that achieved their dreams through programs outside the Good Life.

What is this landscape?

Omaha’s Race For The Cure 5K.  I loaded (5 athletes!) the field and we came away with hollow victories.  No awards ceremony, no overall recognition, no competition from the other USATF Clubs, no nothing.  Only legitimate times to guide this fall’s training.  The charities that have so bastardized our sport.  Did you know that 60% of the proceeds go to Komen’s leviathan administrative efforts.  The lady that stood on the sidelines saying it all- “I’m a survivor and we used to be able to run/walk for free.  They started charging us and now I can’t afford to participate.”  8000 participants.  215 selected the extra $5 to be “Offically Timed”.  Remember they call this a Race.  At least it was USATF Certified.

What is this landscape?

Big win by Jeremy Morris at the Lake Perry 50K.  Mountain Man.  Nick and Liz  taking the overalls at the above  mentioned charity run.  Tristan and Stacy and Angee also repping Run Guru Elite with solid efforts.

LRC Racing taking to the mud at the Briarcliff Invitational.  Cory Logsdon of Team Nebraska too.  Good on them for racing.

The start build out to yesterday’s race collapsed just prior to the start sending volunteers scrambling.  Apropos for how the charity has deflated my best efforts to make it a Real Race.  USATF deserves better.  RRCA deserves better.  WECRAWL deserves better.

What is this landscape?



The Chicago Marathon is this weekend.   When I “rode herd”, you likely were directed to select either Twin Cities or Chicago for your fall marathon.  Took large contingents to both.  I won’t swear to it but looking at the TCM results I didn’t find a single Nebraska USATF athlete in the marathon (and only JR in the 10 Mile).  I’m hoping they all selected Chicago.

Marathoning.  What used to be the litmus for Real Runners, seems to have fallen out of fashion of late.

The Race For The Cure is also this weekend.  Grant Wintheiser turned in the fastest 5K of 2016 (14:37) at the event, besting Luka Thor by nearly  :45.  Point being,  man its fast!  And another throwback here, a fast course in and of itself used to be enough to draw Real Runners.

Grant won’t be defending his title, Jay Welp will be running a xc meet.  They’ve already established themselves as the two fastest guys  in Nebraska, so wide open for  the fellas.

So whom will step up?  Maybe Nick or maybe Tristan.  See?  Same as it ever was.  Find a fast, certified course, get your athletes entered, compete.  Simple.  Liz Starbuck has shown some flashes of wheels this fall.  She’s the favorite for the women.  Someone please come  push her to a fast time!  I want her to win but would much rather a competitive race resulting in fast times.

Bill Rodgers and Nick Rose.  Please google if you don’t know them.  Racing the USA Cross Country National Championships at Buffalo Bayou, Houston, circa 1979.  Nick and Bill leading the  pack.  Nick looks over, sees an alligator scrambling on the bank, about drops the deuce.  Why the anecdote?  I was shocked to see the Metro XC Meet cancelled yesterday due to, I think it must have been rain?

Galloping Bohunk.  Ralston beat Bennington last night,  Number 2 for Ralston is Noah Oellerich Kunasek, my nephew!  He’s a star.  Sophomore and the fastest guy on the team.  Returns punts and kick offs, plays tail back, caught some passes and had some nice long runs, prompting the announcer (the game was aired live on tv) to call him “shifty”.

My old “Boss” Virginia Brophy Achman is the RD for Twin Cities.  The Marathon and 10 Mile and all the other TC events.  If you buy me a beer I’ll tell you tales about my 7 years as the head of the Women’s National  Championships.  Buy  me a whiskey and I’ll tell you how it all went down.  This past Sunday the 10 Mile featured an “Equalizer Bonus”.  The women to get a pre determined head start, 6 minutes eighteen seconds.  According to reports by Robert Johnson of LetsRundotCom, the timing company  erred by starting the men 6 minutes and 10 seconds after.  Kipchirchir caught Sara Hall one step from the finish- ostensibly winning the $10,000 bonus.  So a nod to VBA for stepping up and paying Sara as well as Kipchirchir.  Costly mistake, if I know her-and I do- I’m sure heads will roll.  She doesn’t cotton to Rosy Red Cheeks.


No fanny packs, no walking, no headphones, no ski poles, no six pockets in their shorts.  Just Real Racing.


I talk, talk, talk about Freedom of  Speech.  I take it further, I live by it.  Swear by it.  Put it in your face.  Challenge you with it.  Effect change with it.

The cost of freedom is hard to quantify.  Sometimes its clear, you give up in order to get.  Pull the plug on the blog or get nothing.   Give up your principles, your opinions, toe the line, dance to the call, do what you are told.  Be like all the others.  Recognize your master.


Jed’s Cost of Freedom is easier to figure.  Twenty four post holes, 4′ deep by 12″ across, a full  day of  digging, you dig?  Twenty two posts, 8′ by 4″ square.  Two posts 8′ by 6″ square.  Forty eight bags of quick setting cement.  Two Hundred feet of 4′ welded wire fencing.  Two 8′ paneled gates.  Seventy two quality grade 1x4s.   Four Sundays in September.

Jedediah is a Free Dog now.  Off the master’s cable .  Free to run the Bar None.

Free to Run.

Free to Bark.









Your top 10 finishers at yesterday’s USA 10 Mile National Championships in Minneapolis.  Ian, Martin, and Jonathan the three top 10 athletes born in the United States.   Numbers 1-6 Kenyan athletes that joined the  US Army’s World Class Athlete Program.  Soldiers.  Laying lives on the line  for their country.

What say you?

1. Leonard Korir- 47:33
2. Shadrack Kipchirchir- 47:33
3. Emmanuel Bor- 47:39
4. Haron Lagat- 47:40
5. Elkanah Kibet- 47:41
6. Abbabiya Simbassa- 47:45
7. Ian La Mere- 47:48*
8. Martin Hehir- 47:50*
9. Jonathan Grey- 47:54*
10. Futsum Zienasellaissie- 48:23
25. Brogan Austin- 49:41 -Iowa Ablaze
35. Zach Baker- 51:06- Iowa Ablaze
38. Johnny Rutford- 52:18- LRC Racing

Louisville Cross Country Classic 8K (Louisville,KY)
Wisconsin finished 8th overall, seemingly no big deal.  Here’s the big deal- led by sophomore Oliver Hoare (8th- 23:40), senior Joe Hardy (21st- 23:57), freshman Seth Hirsch (61st- 24:43), freshman Finn Gessner (66th- 24:47) and freshman Tanner Wagner (85th- 24:58).  Look out 2018!

Congratulations to Anne Shadle.  Inducted into the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame and so deserved.

The Hy-Vee Pinky Swear Run and Market to Market also this past weekend.