Spent last Friday with the Garden Guru, Steve Kunasek.  I learn much every trip, this week’s lesson was on the benefits of verticality.  He’s successfully growing things upward, tomatoes, squash, cukes, okra, any and all vining goodies, clear up to 10 feet in the air.  And no matter how good my garden may look I always come back feeling like a slacker with so much more to do.

Another lesson we picked up was not letting our fertility go wanting.  Once a crop is harvested you had better be ready for the second planting.  If not from things started indoors then direct seeding.  So I’ve done my duty by the beets and carrots and greens of all shape and size.  And am planning on the roster and replacements for the rest of the year, fall will be here before you know it.

You knew I’d eventually get here.  Nebraska Run Guru Elite is a second Nebraska sowing for me.  Better planned out, more carefully selected, forethought yielding a better product.  Keeping out the weeds and poor performers.  Not letting things get too crowded.  Accommodating the stars with everything needed to blossom and shine and yield greatness.  Patience when necessary, firm coaxing when called for.

Trevor Vidlak won the Laugh and a Half-Marathon in Norfolk this weekend, a yawner in 1:14:12.  Kyle Smith of Team Nebraska was second in 1:18:54.  NRGE mate Ashley Shurrman was 5th overall female in 1:36:55.

And from our friends at the Omaha Running Club:

Runners, get your 10k mojo on this summer
with the premier of   Beat the Heat 10k  on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail. Early registration prices of $26 for ORC members and $28 for non-members will remain in effect until 12:01 AM July 4. Then prices increase by $10. Online registration will remain open until  12:01 AM July 10 .  The race will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014 and start at 7:00AM.
Beat The Heat 10k Race, presented by the Omaha Running Club, features an elevation decline on a certified course. This could be your opportunity to earn a coveted seeded pass for the Omaha Corporate Cup Race.
Beat the Heat 10k is a point to point foot race on the scenic and mostly shaded Wabash Trace trail. Proceeds will be donated to Southwest Iowa Nature Trails, Inc. (SWINT) is a private, non-profit organization made up of volunteers who are committed to recreational trail development. SWINT members organize all official activities on the Wabash Trace.
Competitors will run from near the Zion Cemetery (off 240th St. Pottawattamie County, IA) to the  Iowa West Foundation Trailhead Park in Council Bluffs. The post-race celebration & awards ceremony will be in the Athletics Building near Lewis Central Middle School.
Weather permitting, the race will start at  7:00 AM . Buses will transport participants, with the first bus departing  from the Middle School parking lot at  6:00 AM .  Restrooms will be open in the Athletics Building from  5:30 AM  & remain so until after the awards ceremony. Portable toilets & pre-race water will be available near the starting line. Water stations will also be appropriately spaced on the route.
Entry fee includes trail use fee, bus transportation for early registrants*, Beat the Heat 10k shirt and the fabulous post race celebration with food, drink, goodies, music & awards.
*Late and race day paper registration forms will be available at packet pickup events. However, late registrants are not guaranteed a shirt, nor are they guaranteed bus transportation to the starting line.
Register today at