Monthly Archives: July 2019


Had a great conversation with a favorite former Good Mate last night.  Matt Pohren has been a friend first, last, and always.  He embodied much of what the original Team Nebraska Brooks stood for.  He’s still involved in our sport and I’m honored that he still seeks occasional counsel.  Some very big things coming from Matty P, very, very big.

Our conversation turned to Greensboro, NC and  the AAU National Championships.  I  was giddy(up!) describing our getting young Madison Scott ready for  this morning’s 8 & under 800 Meters and tomorrow’s 1500.  Matt’s honesty has always been a trait I admire.  The topic turned to whether or not 7 is too young for training and racing at a national level.  I insisted that as long as kid gloves are worn by the right coach, it is not.   The coach must be more concerned with lifetime incremental development than scoring points.  That includes age appropriate workouts and mileage, multi-sport participation, off seasons, and keeping running fun.  I call it the “Runde Model.”   And as an aside, unless you are Peter Coe or Glenn van der Westhuizen, not coaching your own child.  Blurs too many lines.

Madison’s last workout before heading east was a 1500 meter time trial.  Sam & Jack  Runde joined in.  The DC West XC team warmed up with us.  Great modeling also a part of coaching.  LRC Racing stud Nolan Zimmer is an assistant coach for the Falcons, as is Fremont icon Ty Hansen.  Thanks to them for the support.  The question of the day came from senior runner Matthew, from mouths of babes.  “Hey Coach, is Will your Coach?”  I quickly interjected “No, but I wish I was coaching Nolan and half of his LRC Mates.”  —-*LRC’s other top runner Johnny Rutford currently has a Real Coach, Tom Schwartz (Tinman). —-

Our Valley Days 1500 Meter Run is now fully USA Track & Field Certified (NE19009GM)  and Sanctioned.  Nebraska’s only Road Metric Mile.  Real Racing for Real Runners.

Jack and Sam and Linda  and Madison.  Sam ran a personal best in every single race he ran under our training.  The Runde Model.






There are tons of resources that promise to make you a better runner.  Endless advice on how to become your best, often with less effort.  That should be your first red flag.  Supplements should also  be cause for running away (“I’m running and feeling better than I have in years and its all due to XYZ, I also just happen to be a distributor!”)

There are no easy  paths to success in distance running and any coach worth his/her salt won’t gloss this over.  Its all about hard work, period.  Overseeing that hard work should be someone with experience, someone that can individually tailor and describe their program.  And its expected results.

Another anachronism of our sport.  Seeking out the very best used to hold sway to the point of talented runners pulling up stakes, sometimes moving across the country,  to seek out high level training.  Do you jump on the first google hit for a plumber or attorney or doctor?

You should interview any prospective coach to see if you fit together.  Dig deep into their philosophy.  Do you communicate well with them?  Do you respect them?   Two of the most important ticks on the sheet.

Stirring all of this into my morning Coach’s coffee.  Fondly reminiscing on improving Kaci Lickteig’s marathon personal best by 17 minutes, springboarding into the Olympic Trials Marathon.  Celebrating James McGown’s consecutive USA Marathon Olympic Trials appearances.  Two athletes that trusted me and got results.  Curious as to why my inbox remains idle from today’s post collegiate set?

Christy Nielsen at the 2008 USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Boston.  A three time qualifier, she inspired a generation of female marathoners in Nebraska.  She now helps others pursue their own potential.

Kaci  Lickteig’s place in Nebraska history is secure.  Here running for NDORFNZ.

Bridget Easley has also etched her name with the best.  These two pics from our fundraiser to send her and Kaci to the 2012 Olympic Trials in Houston.  I didn’t coach Bridget but was proud to have her run for Team Nebraska Brooks.






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We drove almost 1700 miles over the last  five days.  Our first excursion to find America revealed beautiful slices of Wyoming and South Dakota.  Foot Loose and Fancy Free.  First time  into Cheyenne, Laramie, Vedauwoo, Saratoga, Casper, Buffalo, Gillette, and Sundance.  Still confronting my fear of heights, the mountain passes finding the steering wheel soaked from my saturated palms.  (I actually hyper-ventilated traversing the bridge spanning massive Lake Pactola.)

Medicine Bow National Forest, Big Horn National  Forest, Black Hills National Forest.  Snowy Range, Big Horn Range, all their passes!   Spearfish Canyon, Custer State Park, Devil’s Tower!

Finding America and our next landing spot.  I favor a 40 mile stretch from Spearfish Canyon to Hill City, South Dakota.  Cowboys and Hippies living together in a happy little vibe, I’m a little of both, or more of one than the other.  SoDak is ranked 2nd in the nation for retirement and now we know why.  Waking to temps in the low 40s was a treat.  The recreation opportunities unparalleled.  Hiking, running, biking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, fly fishing.  America displayed in fine form.

The Virginian hotel in Medicine Bow,  WY.  Historic.  We stopped in for a bathroom break and found less than a dozen teeth presented from the haggard and wired residents, meth is a terrible drug and not all of America is beautiful.

Devil’s Tower.  A close encounter with one of America’s most distinguishable landmarks.

Roughlock Falls in Spearfish Canyon.  Babbling  brooks abound and I really dig the sound.  I can imagine being lulled to sleep every night.

Leaving Custer State Park we had another close encounter, thousands of buffalo as they moved to greener pastures.  America, where the buffalo roam.



We’ve accepted an offer on the Bar None!   Buddha willing and the creeks don’t rise we’ll be on our Grand Adventure before summer’s end.

A lot of parallels to this parcel in the Twin Rivers Homestead and the Nebraska Running Community.

When I came to Nebraska in 2001 there was nothing in place for post collegiate (or other serious) athletes, no USATF LDR program at all in fact.  A modern day Johnny Appleseed, I sewed my nuts across the breadth and depth of the state.  First and best fruiting as Team Nebraska Brooks,  finally maturing into Lincoln Running Company Racing.  I now sit back and enjoy those early labors.

My work in Nebraska then, excepting America’s Marathon, now all but done.  America’s Marathon!  My final contribution to the Good Life.  May it live long and prosper!

Similarly, when we came to our little slice this was a very distressed property, another blank palate with a ton of potential.  Not  content to do what was already being  done we crafted the absolute best market garden operation in the state.  Completely chemical free, 100% natural.  Had big enough huevos to say there was none better.  And like Team Nebraska Brooks, we were the best, Bar None.

History will decide whether Run Guru Says, Team Nebraska Brooks, Nebraska Run Guru Elite, Inc., and  Bar None Produce deserve a place in Nebraska lore.  The only certainty, The End Is Near.



I was honored and privileged to represent the United States at several international events.  World Championships and Ekidens, USA Team Leader.  Carrying the American flag, leading our athletes into the stadium in Chiba, Japan will always be a special memory.  A lot of gravity and responsibility when you are on that stage.

The USA Women’s Soccer team has left a bad taste in my mouth.  Crass and disrespectful, flaunting and taunting.

Dr. Frank Meza shocked the world at this year’s L.A. Marathon.  At 70 years old his time of 2:53:10 prompted investigations that revealed him as a cheat.  Calling all his previous performances into question.  The pressure apparently leading to tragedy, his body found in a shallow creek yesterday morning.

Bridget Kosgei sprinted to a 30:21 victory at yesterday’s Peachtree Road Race 10K.  Picked up the $50,000 record bonus for a nice payday.  Top American female was Emily Sisson in 32:03.

Rhonex Kipruto blazed to a new course record of 27:01 to pick up his own $50K bonus.  First American was Colin Bennie in 29:11.

The always annual Seward Optimist Club Freedom Run 2 Mile was won by Kyle Johnson (34)  in 9:51.  My boy and favorite Loper Max Lindgren (20) 2nd in 10:14.

John Krecek (51) of Omaha finished 10th overall (1:43:40) and 1st in the 50-59 age group at the 2019 Waddle Like A Duck Half Marathon in Walker, MN.

Have a great weekend!



Maybe when you get into your 60s your brain, like a pail under spout, is nearly topped off with knowledge.  Full of a life’s accumulation of perspectives.  Man has, simply and as part of life’s grand design,  experiences commensurate with years.  There is no better teacher than experience.

Where is this tilt headed?  I’m trying to figure out  why I’m having such a time trying to figure  things out.

Here’s some things floating at the top of my bucket.  NIKE sucks.  So does Colin Kaepernick.  Betsy Ross does not suck.

Neighbor Rose is  a brilliant research scientist at Creighton.  Recent discussions have revealed that an overabundance of soy products, with its naturally occurring estrogen,  in the American diet has affected in utero gamete development, corrupting XX, XY into a generation of over feminized males.

Our sport, athletics and running in particular, is trying to keep up with the times.  As an event director I  found the following worthy of  consideration and discussion with  my peers.  From this year’s Western States 100 entry policies:

My brain!  It’s too full!




Saturday August 10, 2019.  Nebraska’s very first metric mile will be held in conjunction with the Valley Days Fun Run.  We wanted to do something different, something that has not yet been done in Nebraska.  Something lightning fast.   A Road 1500 Meters.   USATF Certification and Sanctioning coming  right up.

If you’ve ever wondered what you could post up for a metric mile, now you’ve got the chance.  The course is comprised of the Valley Days closed road parade route, the race will start 30 minutes before the parade.

Brought to you by the Valley 7 Lakes Marathon and Nebraska Run Guru Elite, Inc., and the Valley Days Foundation.

We are also offering a 1/8 mile and 1/4 mile for kids under 12.  The best part is they will all run for free!   Give them a medal and a t-shirt for coming out and running and I’m all in!  Make sure they are pre-registered by August 1st to qualify.




Size.  Economy of Scale.  Today I celebrate diminutive excellence!

Kaci Lickteig had, in your scribe’s opinion, one  of the best races of her life at this  past weekend’s Western States 100.  Clare Gallagher (1st, 17:23:25,) and Brittany Peterson (2nd, 17:24:29) were the only females to finish in front of the “Pixie Ninja.”  Kaci (3rd, 17:55:55)becomes only the 2nd woman ever to break 18 hours twice on the storied course.    Everybody’s pre race favorite Jim Walmsley led all finishers in a course record 14:09:28.  Local masters stud Todd Nott (55 years old) cracked the top 100 and the 24 hour mark finishing 97th in 23:17:25, pretty amazing stuff there fella!

Madison Scott trekked to Milwaukee for the AAU Regional Championships.  She ran tough in the 8 & Under category bringing home a Silver on Saturday in the  800 (3:01).  It was Sunday’s 1500 that showed me the Size of her Heart though.  “The Waifenator” was in a tight lead pack (Rubbing’s Racing!) through the 400 before taking a solid nudge and tumbling to the track.  Momentarily stunned she took inventory and watched the pack pull away.  Bowled over and bloodied, but not bowed!  Madison got up, chased down the pack, and ended up with her second Silver of the weekend in a hard earned 6:13.   On to North Carolina for the AAU National Championships in a few weeks!

Kaci’s return from major surgery has been nothing less than inspiring to her legions of followers, and to me.  Cementing her legacy  as one  of the  greatest ultra females not only from Nebraska but anywhere!

Tough Enough!  I could not be prouder of Madison, her experience on the oval in Milwaukee a necessary curriculum for any seriously competitive track athlete.  Already the Nebraska 8 & under record holder for 400 (1:21), 800 (3:00) and 1500 (6:00).  She is The Future of Distance Running in Nebraska.   Heart, the one variable you can’t coach, both Kaci and Madison have that special something that surfaces just once in a generation.