Monthly Archives: June 2019


One less chore when we woke this morning at the Bar None.  The last of our laying hens were placed in a very good home right down the street.  Teaching their 3 kids responsibility instead of entitlement.  That is one of the most obvious changes to the Twin Rivers Homestead over the last six years.  Families moving here to give their children a taste of the Real Good Life.  Kids riding their bikes down the middle of the street, annual pie social, hamburger feeds, neighbors being neighbors type of thing.  You just can’t get this in the city.

This is the first time in almost 6 years with no trip to the barn to unloose the fowl.  No more two daily trips to the nesting boxes fetching, always be fetching.  And another trek at dusk to close them up til dawn.  4 times a day.  A lot of time spent thanking them for what they did on the property.

We found a good home for Jedediah a couple weeks ago.  One of the hardest things ever but the old knucklehead is a one dog, one man hound.  He’ll always hold a special place in our hearts.

This downsizing is for real.  Rumor has it that my athletics memorabilia collection is extensive, really cool, and some of it up for sale.  If you’d like a rare or one of a kind addition to your own collection, give me a holler.  Every Track & Field News (from 1962-1996), every Runner, every Runners World, every Track Stat.  Some great cover art.   Race programs, framed posters, signatures, original AP photos, Boston, Olympics, too much to tote around anymore.  Multiple large Rubbermaid tubs packed and stacked and just maybe ready to go.


Well Howdy!  How about Joe Moore and his Kansas City Smoke mates!  Joe (35) took 3rd overall in the Garry Bjorklund half in an Olympic Trials Qualifying 1:03:22.  The rest of the Smoke qualifiers came in the full marathon.  Evan Landes (26) 12th in 2:17:08, James Wilson (27) 14th in 2:17:27, and Nate Guthals (28) 20th in 2:18:38.   A very talented and young corps of marathoners! Jessi Allen finished 22nd overall in the women’s full with a fine 2:41:34 for her 2020 USA Olympic Trials Marathon mark.

Nell Rojas (31), 2:28:06 led all women including up to Ashley Paulson (37) 45th, 2:44:50 for a whopping 45 Olympic Trials Qualifying performances.

LRC Nebraska sent Cory Logsdon (31) 81st, 2:30:31, Nolan Border (26) 83rd, 2:30:47, and Peter Falcon (29), 2:30:52.  In the Garry Bjorklund Half LRCNebraska was well represented with Johnny Rutford (28) 22nd, 1:06:56, Eric Noel (31) 34th, 1:08:43, and Nolan Zimmer (25) 39th, 1:09:22.  Our KC Smoke buddy Aaron Davidson (34) 43rd, 1:09:46 also running well.

Seth Hirsch and Taylor Somers reprised their champions roles at the Road to Omaha 5K, complete results below.

Grandma’s Men

Grandma’s Women

Bjorklund Men

Bjorklund Women

Road to Omaha 5K


Decided to take things in for the old decennial physical.  I’m up 10 pounds from good fighting weight, WNLs across the lab board, A++ on the pulmonary.  If you are driving (or are) a beater its a good idea to have an expert look under the hood before you head out on your lark.

The doc was unperturbed when informed my lifetime total mileage is 80K, plus or minus.  That’s 8K more than on our 1973 Delta 88 Royale in the garage.  The similarities don’t end there.  We’re both in relative “cherry” condition  for our ages.  I’ll admit my walking mileage far outpaces those running.  Linda too,  grateful to be fit and able to scurry around with some ease.

40 years ago I was filled with a boundless sense of  wonder and anticipation.  Looking at a map of the U.S., knowing I could go anywhere.  All leading to today.  The same map, the same sense of  excitement, this time with the love of my life and one sweet dog.

The offers are coming in on the house and we’ve been packing furiously.  Downsizing to the camper and getting ready to hit the road.  Hoping for another 80K, this time finding America at a gentleman’s  pace.


El Viejo mas rapido de todos!  Well almost!  Congratulations to Nebraska running legend Jose Badillo.  He returns from the  Senior Game National  Championships in Albuquerque with a low boy full of silver  medals.  Outstanding accomplishment that I know he accepts with his usual grace.  Prompting hundreds of congratulations.  And one offer to meet on the track for a single hour, from me.

Something I’d never heard before showed up, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

I’d like to offer that there is no greater joy than victory.  Conquering fear, self doubt, besting your competition.  Look there is no shame in second place if you’ve given it your all.  But if you have that little fella with the pitchfork sitting on your shoulder, sticking you with what ifs……

Linda and I have had recent sessions with a sensational new running talent.  I call her my little female Sam Runde.    Make a list of the  top girls from the last 10 years, go ahead and pick your favorites.  Its about to change.  Our girl Madison will be  running the 400, 800, and 1500 at this weekend’s Nebraska State Championships, representing the West Omaha Track Club.  Expect a new slate of state records in those distances for 7 year olds.  I’ve put her through rigorous pacing and she has been outstanding, the perfect student.    She’s been chasing runners two to three years older and is not willing to settle for anything less than victory.  Always a joy to work  with talent.




Cheeky,  irreverent, impudent and amusing. “The Best Dressed Chicken Road Race” fills the bill.  Everyone’s A Winner
For those with less a sense of humor their were several local races this past weekend, Cornfield Cornfield the Old Mill 5K and the Happy Camper 5K

Real Racing!  Green Bay’s Bellin Run is known as one of this region’s best 10Ks as well as Cheeseheads.   Olympian Jared Ward led the 8600 finishers with 29:45, first female Risper Gesabwa (33:23) outlasting 2nd place finisher Kaitlin Goodman (33:34).

Grandma’s Marathon and the Gary Bjorklund Half Marathon are this upcoming weekend.  Good luck to all our Nebraska mates that will head up to take on the national level talent.  All you fast fellas should be gunning for Johnny Rutford’s 2018 1:06:14 and Grant Wintheiser’s 2017 1:06:15 in the half.  Hey Ladies!  Christy Nielsen led Team Nebraska Brooks to the 2003 USATF Club National Champs on the same course in one of the most impressive displays of Team Running in Nebraska road racing history.
22. Christy Nielsen- 1:17:38
23. Machele Cochran- 1:17:39
24. Renee Kruse- 1:18:07
16 years gone by in the blink of an eye.  Come on girls, give me something current to crow about!



Please do check the raw data.  Form your own conclusions.

What it means to me, at this point in a 40 year career, is that we are right on track with our Valley 7 Lakes Marathon.  Challenging you to run to your potential.  Offering you the chance to be “Above Average.”

Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Please forgive this morning’s brevity, pecking left  handed due to a severely sprained and wrapped right wrist.  Some of you may be aware that Linda & I have put the Bar None up for sale, wonderful worlds of new adventures await.

Not for the last time (but getting close), GIDDYUP!



“This is the first mapping for Global running participation. The analysis covers 107.9 million race results from more than 70 thousand events from 1986 to 2018. This is by far the largest study of race results in history. ”

What I  have culled from the report supports my assertations of the last several years.  That Real Running, aka Real Runners, purists that ran for achievement alone,  have decreased dramatically.  In their place, multitude and sundry other reasons to participate, primarily social intercourse.

This report analyzes finish times in terms of “race results” with descriptions couched in “participation.”  The dichotomy of juxtaposition is not lost on me.

Today I look at marathoning in particular.

In 2004 fully 25% of all race results were from the marathon.  In 2018 marathons attributed only 12%.  Fewer marathoners these days.  That in and of itself is not much of  a worry for our sport, half marathon participation has leaped from 17% to 30% of all race results.  5K & 10K participation has remained relatively stable with a 3-5% increase in those distances.

Men’s marathon times have slowed significantly.  In 1986 the average finish time was 3:48:15.  In 2018, 4:22:13.  An increase of 13.8% in times.  Fewer male marathoners, slower times.   Where did all the faster fellas go?  We got old.  Before you call “Elitist!” remember my marathon personal best is a mere 2:46:56.  No ways elite.  My work over the last 30 years on their behalf may just give me a bit more insight into their habits and mindsets.

Big Tips to you ladies!  Your average marathon times slowed between 1986 and 2001 by 38 minutes.  But between 2001-2018 your times actually decreased by an average of 4 minutes.  Fewer female marathoners, faster times!

Tomorrow- What does it mean for marathon runners in Nebraska?  In the Midwest?  In the United States?








Continuing this week’s manifesto on Real Running!

The USI employee swimming pool was located halfway between my house in Atwood and Tuscola 9 miles away.   The closest and only opportunity we had.  If I behaved (rarely)  I’d get the 50 cent drop in fee, ride my bike over country roads, and hop in.  What’s  this got to do with running?

I was always  the smallest in my class.  Probably the weakest.  Mom’s Benson & Hedges and Canadian Club likely contributing to my barely 6 pound birth weight.  What’s this got to do with running and suffering?

I loved the pool, loved to swim, and soon found something I could do better than anyone else.  Hold my breath underwater.  This has everything to do with running.  Found suffering I could control in an otherwise pretty shitty childhood.  It would not translate until years later when I began my running career in earnest.

Relative to God Given Talent I’ve always felt my capacity for self abuse was the advantage I could have against those faster.  I love the Red Line.  Learned how to push myself to the absolute limits of what was given.   And I became a winner in running.  Shoes, Shorts, and Heart.  The vast majority of those that participate in our sport today find this absurd.   Why should/would a runner bleed themselves out???

Take a look around at your next “Race”.  I promise you there are still those that hang on to the origin of our sport.  Maybe only 1 or 2 in the event.  The cat that goes balls out from the gun, holding on for dear life until the tape, that arbitrary line in the road that in a instant is the single most liberating and exhilarating experience.  Doesn’t have to be the first across, not always the winner winner little miss chicken dinner.

I’ll say again, Shoes, Shorts, Heart, and nothing more.  Good for anyone and everyone that gets out and quickly puts one foot in front of the other.  That alone makes you a runner.  But those that invest their souls are held in higher esteem by your scribe.  All runners are not created equal.  Those that are the very best should be recognized and celebrated as better than us (gasp!), perhaps the biggest departure I’ve seen over the last 40 years.  The “We’re All Winners, Everybody Gets A Medal” nonsense so deeply ingrained into today’s society leaving this old man bewildered.

Tomorrow I start dissecting the just released “The State of Running” by Jens Jakob Andersen, and the IAAF.  The first truly global analysis of running tends over the last three decades.  If you have soft centers you might want to stay away.










Sara Hall led all women to the finish line in Central Park in 32:27.  Sara used a 16:12 5K split and never slowed to win our Women’s USA 10K National Championships in New York City.  Near perfect pacing, running on the redline.  $20,000 for the win.   Nice.

The 3rd annual Jim McMahon Open Track Meet was held at Westside HS yesterday.  Thank you Derek Fey for this gift to the Omaha running community.  Linda and I had planned on testing our limits but a shard of pottery in her foot squelched those.

Race Results.  An anachronism.

Look, you regular readers are here for a fix.  Your Monday morning Old Fashioned.  I’ve poked the steaming piles dotting our area, our state, our nation.  Relished my role as educator, instigator, raconteur.  And pissed off hundreds if not thousands.  I’ve lamented the near demise of my sport as I know it.  Railed against those responsible.  Have stood up to, have stood against, have  stood up for.  Standing my ground.  For that ever diminishing creature, the Competitive Athlete.  Competition for competition’s sake.  Mano a mano, the victor the spoils, the rest the hindmost.  Real Racing.

You’ve heard my cries about the co-opting and corruption of Real Running and Racing.  Well folks, I’m vindicated if vilified.

I hope you’ll tune in regularly this week.   I’ll be presenting analysis and supporting arguments that corroborate my sometimes acerbic observations.  Truth.